Catholics Can Grow Stuff Too
A cool thing that most of us can do is start a small (or large) garden to help feed our families. It isn’t easy, but I believe it is worth the effort.
Gardening provides you with veggies and herbs that will lower your grocery bill, not to mention how cool it is to eat food you grew yourself. If you have kids you also get to teach them something about respect for the land and work responsibility.
Raised bed gardening or potted gardening is probably the easiest way to jump in. You could build a 10 x 10 box, filled with good soil and seeds for less than 300. Your biggest expense is the soil, so once you’re set all you need for maintenence is annual seed and sweat equity.
Start with some untreated wood planks 12″ x 72″ (or 96″ or 120″) and some brackets to form the border. DO NOT USE TREATED WOOD BECAUSE IT WILL POISON THE SOIL. Get some gardening mesh to form a base that will keep weeds and grass from infiltrating your bed.
Fill your bed with good gardening soil. You can even buy it from Lowes or Home Depot if you dont have a place. If you have a composter and some worms you can help supplement your soil year round.
Now plant your rows. I won’t tell you what to plant because that is up to you. Plus, you gotta consider your area. Most seed packs will tell you the planting needs and times for your area, or just ask somebody near you who does it.
What is left is to do is to maintain your garden and wait on the growth. It is work for sure, but when you lay your own tomatoes, beans, peas, and peppers on the table it is really awesome. Fresh and home grown.
There are plenty of good resources online and in your library to help you with specifics. I just want to put an idea in your head.
Name your garden something cool. I am naming mine Polycarp, after my patron saint. His name means fruitful. You can do the same, but yours will have to be Polycarp II or something.
You can buy a box too (http://m.homedepot.com/b/Outdoors-Garden-Center-Raised-Garden-Beds/N-5yc1vZbx7c) but what’s the fun in that?
Posted on June 27, 2014, in Catholic Family, Catholic Husbands, Catholic Manliness, Self-Sufficiency and tagged catholic dad, catholic family garden, prepping, Raised bed gardening. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.