For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Oct 31

Your Questions About Gardening

Richard asks…

Book about a family that decides to grow their own food for a year?

My friend told me a while ago of a woman with a family that decided to buy some land out in the middle of nowhere and just grow their own food without buying anything. She wrote a book about it. Ring a bell?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver They already owned the land though, so maybe it is a different book with the same plot. Definitely a good read though.

Helen asks…

Why are gardeners being busted for growing food?

Every few days now, citizens are being busted for growing food. Various city ordinances are created to enforce the maintenance of only inedible grass and shrubbery. Attempts of growing your own food is more and more frequently met with bulldozers, brush hogs, fines and jail.

I understand that many Americans need the heavy hand of central government to keep us safe, so for those people who welcome central government intrusion, what are the best features of central government ensuring that ordinary citizens face jail, fines and destruction of their home gardens?

For those who will say where’s your link, or that never happens, please do a search before you comment.

GardenersCardiff answers:

The government also raids dairies that don’t pasteurize milk or cheese with full combat gear. I’m afraid that not a lot of people realize that the government doesn’t just infringe on your liberties when you’re doing something ‘really bad.’ They’re often getting in the way of you and harmless products you want to consume freely. That’s right, apparently consumption warrants billions of dollars every year.

James asks…

What is a list of easily-grown natural foods which will contain all you need to live?

Obviously Bread (grain) is not sufficient, as you will die from scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency) and a lot of other issues.

Say there are no more grocery stores and you need to grow your own food. What will you eat?

EXAMPLE LIST (not a real list, just an example so you understand what I’m asking):
* beans
* peppers
* tomatoes
* rice
* grains
* nuts
* etc.
The Irish ate more than JUST potatoes.

GardenersCardiff answers:

If I had to grow my own food I would have:

- Potatoes, onions, carrots (easy to grow, easy to store throughout winter, and potatoes provide carbs without needing to bother with grains which are more of a hassle ie you need a mill etc etc)
- Pumpkin and marrows (VERY easy to grow and also to collect seeds for next season, also provides late autumn vitamin C)
- Fruit trees (which kind would depend on where I was, but for example apples, pears, cherries)
- Garlic (good for you, tastes nice, and also keeps pests off other crops, which since there are no grocery stores in this scenario means there will also be nowhere to buy pesticides)
- Tomatoes (various varieties that can be grown throughout the summer and also lots of nutrients)
- Cabbages (I don’t really like them, but it’s one of the only ways to get vit C in winter other than stored root vegetables)
- Animals for protein, probably something relatively fecund like guinea pigs/rabbits and also normal pigs (I don’t think I could live without bacon). Maybe goats as well, they’re pretty hardy and they will eat anything.
- Chickens for eggs (more protein)
- Bees for honey (source of sugar) and also to pollinate the fruit trees
- A cow for milk

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