PLAN A GARDEN
My husband said, "Plan a garden? Not plant a garden?" Well, it is November...The ultimate goal of course is that you'll actually plant a garden, but for now, all I'm asking you to do is think about it.
- Observe your yard. Figure out where you have space for a garden. Take note of where you get a lot of sun, where you have too much shade. Test your soil. Collect leaves to be used as mulch. Start composting.
- If you live in an apartment or have a yard with too much shade, start looking now for a community garden.
- Plan your garden. Here are a few books that I found helpful:
Month by Month Gardening in the Carolinas
Seed to Seed
Roots Shoots Buckets and Boots
- Advocate for community gardens. If your city doesn't have a community garden program, organize a group and advocate for one.
- Volunteer with an organization that grows food for people in need.
This week's challenge is both incredibly simple and immensely powerful. You can't get any more local than your own backyard. There's no better way to vote for the kind of food system you want than to grow the food yourself. You could say that planting a garden is an act of rebellion.