Thursday, October 3, 2013

{31 Days} Back to Basics Day 3

This month I am participating in the nester's {31 Days} challenge.  My topic for the month is Back to Basics.  If you would like to follow along you can find all of my posts here.

If you are interested in eating local food, the best place to start really is at your own home.  This does not mean that you have to farm several acres of land and have all the animals, although if you have the space and want to do it, go for it!

Growing your own can be a lot of different things.  If you have a brown thumb, maybe you should start with some herbs in a sunny window.  Granted, it will not be a huge intake of food, but herbs are a delicious addition to any meal, and they are easy to grow no matter where you are.   

If you have a bit more space, but are still nervous about starting your own garden, I would definitely recommend earth boxes.  All you need to do is buy some good quality soil and the earth box which comes with the amendments you need for the soil, and then you plant some vegetables.  Of course at this point in the year, at least here in Maine, planting is not happening.  But, it is never too early to start planning for next year!  The first seed catalogs start coming out at the end of December.

If you are still concerned about taking care of plants, maybe you could try animals instead.  There are a lot of different animals people keep in small spaces.  You can keep chickens for eggs or meat, rabbits for meat, and even miniature goats – which are around the same size as a medium dog.  Bantam chickens and quail are both small and many people in smaller homes and apartments keep them.

But if you have a lot of space, I definitely recommend digging up your yard and starting to grow food in the square foot garden method.  It does not take a lot of space to get a large amount of food.  And if you are able to eat a lot of out your own yard, local eating becomes a lot easier.


  1. We had huge success with our raised bed this past Summer and there is nothing like garden fresh produce!

  2. I had raised beds last year but I changed for pots BIG black pots. I love garden fresh produce, grow herbs lettuce tomatoes, peppers, yautia(tuber). Papaya, bananas pumpkins avocados and mangos all scattered around, in my acre lot.


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