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The Food Security Garden

Bob is a long time gardener with considerable experience in container growing and small space gardening,

The Food Security Garden

As the cost of oil rises so does the cost of food. The increase in your food costs may not take place at the same time as the increase in your food bill, but be certain as gas goes up so does food.

Now you can reduce the use of your vehicle, maybe, and save some money there. You can turn down the thermostat, put on a sweater and save some money there but prices will continue to go up and it is very unlikely that your pay cheque will keep pace.

How do you cope? If you are not already growing at least some of your own food, then now is the time to get started.

I believe that anyone that is anyone who wants to can garden. This is the classic, if there is a will there is a way scenario and of all the activities that we can devote our time and attention to, gardening is one that allows for creativity and individuality.

Far too many people do not have backyards or have only a little space to grow anything. Size does matter but do not let that deter you, even A small space garden can be quite productive.

Your first step is to get to know the space where you garden will be; in particular, how much natural sunlight does it get none, all day or somewhere in-between? Once you know that you can start to develop a plant list selecting plants that thrive in the amount of sunlight that you have available.

Now how big is that space; room for one container or can you set up a small backyard market garden?

Already a gardener and growing some vegetables, it is time to take a look at what you are producing and ask yourself, rather than my current plant choices what could I grow that will be edible and increase my family’s food security?

How much space does your present garden occupy? Can you make it bigger? If you could enlarge do you have the time and means to take care of it, so no waste takes place?

When considering the space you have available, think up. Take a minute and look up instead of along the ground, vertical and not horizontal.

We grow beans on poles and peas why not expand that list. When you make the choice to grow vertical your small space expands, growing up means growing more.

If you have no room to grow your own food security garden, yard sharing may be your answer. Find out if there is a yard sharing program in your community and join up.

Growing together helps all parties to enhance their food security and builds good neighbours. Community gardens are another possibility, look and ask around your neighborhood, are there a community garden you can join?

Now is the time to get gardening, care for the earth and grow your own food security garden at the same time. The cost of oil will continue to rise; will you be able to buy food as it does?

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Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 21, 2011:

Food prices will indeed keep rising, get gardening.

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BrightMeadow from a room of one's own on April 21, 2011:

I agree completely. Now is the time to start gardening. Food prices are only destined to increase.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 14, 2011:

Thanks Peggy W, shade can be a challenge to growing vegetables, happy gardening.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2011:

We have so much shade in our yard due to large old oak trees that growing vegetables can be a bit of a problem. I had a huge garden up north in Wisconsin and loved growing my own things. Now I basically grow herbs and have onion sets planted. But love gardening and this is a great hub! Useful and up!

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 13, 2011:

I agree, growing your own food is easier than people think, happy growing.

CrystalGH from Cleveland, OH on April 13, 2011:

Great post, Bob. Gardening is a great way to save money and relax. I love growing vegetables and it's so much easier than people think. Plus as you pointed out, it's better than getting less than fresh produce from the market.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 13, 2011:

The gardening season ere is a few weeks off yet, but I am eager. I have little direct experience with hydroponics, a small experiment or two but have been thinking about the possibilities for year round indoor growing.

Caribqueen from Trinidad & Tobago on April 13, 2011:

Great video Bob: Those containers look really wonderful. They are like your children with all the care and attention given - they look so healthy. Yep, rising prices we cannot get away from. Nothing seems to be getting better. At present I am reaping jalapeno peppers and I have green seasoning herbs all year round. My tomato plants are flowering and I need to put some fertiliser around the roots. It is really a joy to eat food that comes from your own yard - it is so much more healthy. Keep at it! By the way, have you ever tried hydopronic gardening?

rpalulis from NY on April 12, 2011:

These rising prices are really getting ridiculous, so glad I have a garden, can't wait to start harvesting.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 12, 2011:

Thanks and thanks for dropping by. Happy growing.

Tammy on April 12, 2011:

Great tips! I have enjoyed gardening for years. Also a great way to cut down on the cost of food. Voted up!

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 12, 2011:

Well said Katherine,. and thanks for visiting

Katherine Baldwin from South Carolina on April 12, 2011:

Great Hub, Bob. This is a topic that everyone should pay attention to. There is no escaping the fact you pointed out about food prices reflecting the fuel increases. That is simply how business is done. Growing your own food can cut out several "middlemen", ie, the growing conglomerates, the distribution warehouses, the grocer, etc. and it's safer, cheaper and healthier for you.

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