Organic Gardening: Dig What You Eat

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     The amount of food borne illness occurring from purchasing contaminated foods today is in my opinion staggering. It seems every week there is some sort of food borne illness outbreak happening somewhere or someplace. I do purchase food at stores but I try to be as cautious as possible when doing so. I do my best to stay away from “processed” foods although I recognize to some extent all the food today in a grocery store goes through some type of processing. I’m not going to debate whether that is good or bad, I honestly believe it is what it is instead lets all start organic gardening.

     The reason I decided to write this is because I was talking to a co-worker the other day and she had mentioned to me her 6 year old grandson had recently gotten over being extremely ill. He had in fact contracted a food borne illness and had spent numerous days in the hospital fighting the illness. It was very serious to say the least. Thankfully, he is recovering and doing fine, however, they won’t know the long term effects until he is much older.

     I’ve always been a gardener and I believe in home gardens. I do my best to grow as much fruit and vegetables on my property as I can. I figured out a long time ago, the only way I can be certain of the quality of the fruits and vegetables that my family consumes, where they came from and how they were handled is to do it myself. My parents always told me if you want something done right you have to do it yourself. That statement clearly holds true to knowing about your food and the need for organic gardening.

     I certainly don’t have the expertise, yet, to grow enough food for year round consumption; however that doesn’t stop me from doing something. Every year I go outside till my soil, plant my seeds and water them to see what I can grow. Through conversation I have found others around my area who also grow their own food and have started bartering what I grow well for the things that I struggle growing and vice versa. As an example, I can grow cucumbers by the bushel, I have no idea why but cucumbers seem to be in my wheelhouse. My friend grows amazing heirloom tomatoes that he starts from seeds indoors. We always wind up trading the “vegetables of our labor”, we also trade the plants and seeds from our highest producing plants so the other can try next year.

     I believe with the technological enhancements in growing today, everyone can grow a few things to enjoy. I’m not getting into a debate of heirloom vs. GMO’s that’s up to you and the circumstances in which you can grow something. I realize not everyone is in a position to have the best tillable soil, or any soil at all for that matter. I personally use heirloom and I have my reasons for it. I’m just old fashioned to a certain degree and I think if it worked for a few hundred thousand years why change it. To each their own, I just think if it isn’t broken why fix it. But that’s me.

     If you live in a place where you don’t have any soil, hydroponics can provide at least something fresh to eat. I haven’t personally tried to grow via hydroponics yet, but I will say I know someone who does grow their vegetables from a hydroponic setup and has repeatedly said it is some of the best they have ever eaten. A hydroponic system can be setup in apartments and small spaces and requires very little if any soil at all. You might not be able to grow enormous amounts of food in a 20 gallon tank setup, but you can grow something, and that is better than doing nothing.

     Believe me, organic gardening can be frustrating at times. However, it is amazing how different food tastes right out of the backyard as opposed to buying it from a store. I don’t have the luxury of buying locally grown farm fresh fruits and veggies. I will check in the grocery store to see where the produce is coming from and it usually isn’t anywhere near where I live, as a matter of fact it’s usually not even from my country at all.

The Deviant View on Organic Gardening

     I don’t care who is to blame for the food borne pathogens, as I’m sure it can be a debate depending on who you ask. What I do know is if you want to be sure where your food is coming from you have to do it yourself, then you know 100% what was used to grow it, how it was handled, who handled it and what was put on it. There is no debate.

     I have always felt it is my job to make decisions for my family, not someone else’s job to do it for me. I always try to know as best as I can what I am feeding them. As I said I can’t possibly grow enough at the moment for year round consumption, but that doesn’t stop me from trying.

     Knowing where your food is coming from can provide piece of mind in the perilous times we live. Organic Gardening can aid in the knowledge of where your food came from.

By King Deviant
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