Independence 101: Gardening #1

One way to achieve personal independence is to grow your own food. Almost everyone can grow something somewhere, even if it’s just in a pot on the windowsill. If you live in an apartment, in the city, in a suburb, or the country, you can grow something. Gardening can teach self-reliance, the value of consistent work, and the satisfaction of a job done well. Most importantly, it can help you become independent.

I have a dream that someday I will own enough land to have an orchard, big garden, cows, chickens, and pigs. I want to be able to grow enough of my own food that I only have to rely minimally on grocery stores. I don’t know if that’s something I’ll ever achieve, but for the past several months, Mrs. A and I have been conducting a gardening experiment on our apartment’s balcony. One small step towards independence…

We started with one pot. It is an EMSCO Group Raised Bed that we bought from Lowes for about $30.00. It holds a reservoir of water in the bottom of the pot. A plastic net over the reservoir keeps all of the dirt from falling into the water, but the dirt does reach the bottom in every corner. The corners suck the water up from the reservoir and disperse it throughout the planter. The black plastic on top keeps the weeds out and the moisture in. All in all, it looked like a good system.

Here are a couple of pictures from our first week:

Week 1 GardenWeek 1 Garden Picture

We got a salad mix at our local Lowes. That’s in the front two rows. We planted peas in the row running along the watering pipe.