Grow Your Own Food Keep Heritage Plants Alive

Self-Sufficiency and Organics in the Garden Place will help your peace of mind as well as your health.
Growing your own food organically is one way to beat corporate greed, as well as giving yourself the assurance that your vegetables have been grown in the best possible way, without compromise, without using toxic sprays such as herbicides and pesticides.
Soaring food prices are a worry all over the world right now. Controlled marketing has been a fact of modern life for some time, and this disadvantages people, because big corporations profit from buying and selling food, resulting in higher-than-need-be food prices.
But in the past couple of years, natural disasters such as drought, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and the like, have .reduced actual food production, and this is causing a world-wide scarcity of food, which is again increasing the price of food.
It really is important to start growing your own food, if you haven’t already begun your ‘grow your own’ project. We just cannot tell how serious the food shortage might become, and you really cannot rely on governments to ensure that food will always be available in the shops for us to buy, even if you have the money.
It is best to get cracking with your ‘grow your own’ project right away. Plants take a while to get going – most vegetables take a few months to mature. This means that, unless you are prepared to be hungry for a while if a disaster strikes, or when food ceases to be brought to your supermarkets, you need to have things growing in your garden ALREADY – before an emergency situation confronts you and your family.
It really is very easy to grow things like green runner beans, silver beet, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, ;potatoes, kumara, or sweet potato, taro, pumpkins, squash, self-perpetuating lettuce, parsley, thyme, sweet basil, chilli peppers, tomatoes, celery, and hosts of other lovely things.
I have recently moved to Orewa Beach, north of Auckland, where I have a lovely ready-made flower garden which I enjoy looking after when the owners go away.
Just at Christmas, I found my precious runner bean seeds which have been packed up for some time, awaiting a good bit of ground to put them in. These are special bean seeds – not commercially produced ones which often have been doctored up so that they will produce you one crop only, with no hope of growing anything from their seeds. About five or six of around ten bean seeds came up. I have kept them watered, and they have grown like billy-oh.
I picked my first bunch of beans from these vines on Friday just gone, the 3rd March 2011. I gave the first lot to my daughter who is feeding her four month old baby: Runner beans are rich in minerals and vitamins such as iron, vitamin C, and protein. They are a wonderful, healthy, alkaline food.
No – don’t buy commercial seed if you can help it, but make the effort to procure seed which comes from a long natural line, without being genetically engineered or hybridized. Unhybridized seed is genetically stronger than adulterated seed, has a higher vitamin and mineral content, and has higher vitality, higher life force energy. Unhybridized seed will also produce you a crop the following year, and forever and a day, if you save the mature seed from a plant for the next season’s planting.
Hybridized seed, or genetically modified seed, might produce a bigger fruit or vegetable, but ultimately, it serves the profits of the seed companies who market the stuff, as you usually have to go back to buy another lot of seed the following year.
THIS IS NOT SELF SUFFICIENT. THIS SYSTEM, OF BUYING SEED WHICH WILL PRODUCE JUST ONE CROP ONLY MEANS THAT YOU ARE RELIANT ON MULTI NATIONAL SEED FIRMS TO PROVIDE YOU WITH SEED. Apart from the fact that this means huge profit for the seed companies, IN A CRISIS, SEEDS MIGHT NOT BE AVAILABLE, or, if it is, THE PRICES MIGHT BE TOO HIGH.
We have to cut through this cycle of control of the food ‘bank’. Think of your seeds as being like money in the bank. Get your garden growing, and always save some seeds from the last crop, to ensure that you can keep the line growing. Give good seed away. Spread around this wealth.
We will all benefit from growing our own food from good, natural seed, and distributing food and seeds amongst friends.

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