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Thriving Freedom Gardens for Small Spaces

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Our nation has been on a collision course with simple, natural living for quite some time. People in cities are crammed into high-rise apartment complexes, working 12 hours per day, eating fast food as a daily staple, and getting sicker by the minute. What will it take to reverse this trend? Well, unfortunately, we don't seem to be able to do this on our own. It is taking an economic crash, the likes of which pales the 1929 fiasco to get us thinking about going back to the basics of growing our own food. The truth is, for far too many of us, if we don't start developing some basic survival skills, we simply won't eat.
 
So how do we go about growing some of our own food and eating healthy if we live in an apartment? It’s simple. Create a Freedom Garden. There are several ways to do this in a limited space. One way is to grow your veggies in pots indoors near windows, or with grow lights. Another suggestion is to use balcony space and create vertical gardens in which plants are started in containers and trained to grow upwards on trellises, poles, or anything that encourages upwards growth.
 Hydroponics gardens are another option, and can be made cheaply and easily. These require no soil, just nutrients and water. You can have fresh, organic tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, and many other veggies right at your fingertips.
 
Start your project with something easy like squash, lettuce, spinach, carrots, or beets. I live in the high desert, and these veggies grow outside like crazy here, even with the harsh weather and limited growing season. Squash, lettuce, and spinach do not require much depth, but carrots and beets do, so remember this when creating your gardening space.
 
To get your Freedom Garden started, make sure that you get only Heirloom seeds. GMO (genetically modified) or hybrid seeds will not work if you plan to harvest seeds for the next crop. Once your veggies ripen, choose the best plants from your crops, and harvest the seeds for your next planting from them. If you plant GMO seeds, it is likely that your harvested seeds will not be viable. The same goes for hybrid seeds. Heirloom seeds are the seeds that go back for hundreds of years, and are pure. Their genetic makeup has not been tampered with through artificial genetic modification techniques, or cross breeding.
 Choosing only the best plants for your seed harvesting will ensure that future crops yield the best results. Also, be sure to gather extra seeds to create your very own personal seed bank so that you have something to fall back on just in case.
 

In short, one of the things that we cannot do without is food. To stay alive, we need to eat. If the shelves go bare, having a Freedom Garden in your apartment or backyard will be worth its weight in gold. So pick a gardening method, whether it is by indoor or outdoor containers, or hydroponics, choose your seeds wisely, and start planting for food freedom. This is the way to stay alive and healthy in today's world.
 
Here are some handy links for starting your Freedom Garden:
 
 1) How to Harvest and Store Vegetable Seeds
 

 2) Where to Buy Heirloom Seeds in Bulk
 
 
 

This article appears courtesy of www.totalhealthbreakthroughs.com

 

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Barbara H. Peterson is retired from the California Department of Corrections, where she worked as a Correctional Officer at Folsom Prison. She was one of the first females to work at the facility in this classification. After retirement, she went to (more...)
 
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You said: "If you plant GMO seeds, it is like... by Karl Haro von Mogel on Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 12:18:32 AM
Reliable sources such as you or Monsanto? Give me ... by Barbara Peterson on Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:33:30 AM
Definition of viable: 1: capable of living ; es... by Barbara Peterson on Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:59:41 AM
No, you are twisting what "viable" means... by Karl Haro von Mogel on Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 6:49:20 PM
yes, yes, I'm sure the scientific world can cr... by Rady Ananda on Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 8:14:19 PM
Informative, last time I heard of colchicine being... by amicus curiae on Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 9:36:35 AM
a cross of 2 similar plants of the same genus that... by amicus curiae on Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 8:55:15 AM
I wasn't aware of the hydroponics issues. Thank yo... by Barbara Peterson on Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 12:08:12 PM