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Jerry’s Garden: Yippie for the Hippie?

March 29th, 2011

Eating organically and growing your own foods are not just for the hippies anymore.  In recent times, many of us have begun to learn about and understand the fact that our government is not necessarily providing for us; they don’t exactly have the individual citizen’s well-being in their thoughts.

With the invention of the Internet, we now have easy access to information and opinions from all over the globe.  Our news sources are no longer limited to the newspaper and the evening news.  Because of this, we are now able to educate ourselves and make our own decisions about the foods we eat.

Many of the things we’re learning are not comforting.  We are learning about the massive overuse of chemical herbicides and pesticides on our produce and how these synthetic chemicals are hurting us.  We’re learning about the use (and overuse) of antibiotics and hormones in our meats and the health risks involved.  We’re learning of the inhumane ways animals are treated, whether it be dairy cows being given the bovine growth hormone, chickens living their short lives in cages, pigs having their tails cut off when they’re babies, or any number of other cruelties.

Because we can read information on these things, watch videos, communicate with each other, and SHARE THIS KNOWLEDGE we are no longer “in the dark.”  What that means is that now everybody has the opportunity to be educated and aware.  We are no longer an “ignorance is bliss” people.  And the promising thing is, the majority of us are good people who care enough to at least try to make a difference in our own lives, if not on a broader scale.

We have made choices to live healthier, more natural lifestyles.  We try to be more “green”.  We try to reuse, reduce and recycle more.  More and more of us are purchasing natural and organic foods and many of us are buying from local stores, Farmer’s markets, and co-ops.  A good portion of us are growing our own foods, whether in our own backyard vegetable gardens, in containers, porches and balconies, or even hydroponically.  We, as a people, are taking the steps that we need to take to ensure our own health and safety; our government sure isn’t doing it for us!

When once it was just the hippies who tried to live sustainable lifestyles, many of us are now actively seeking ways to be more like the hippies. Granted, not all of the hippies’ ideas were all that great, they did have some wonderful ideas and forward thinking views on how we impact our world and what we could do to work with it and not against it.

I think we can all learn a thing or two from the hippies.  And now that we have access to unlimited information, we can learn much about what we can do to live happier, healthier, and more sustainable lives.  Maybe the hippies had it right all along…

About the Author:

Jerry Greenfield

My number one focus is growing my own food. I don’t think that really counts as a hobby.  For some people it is, but for me, growing my own fruits and vegetables and saving my own seed is the key to survival. The only person you can count on is yourself, if you ask me. The government is trying to help us all with GMOs and welfare, but it’s all a crock. I also like to build things and read Transcendentalist authors from the 1860s.

Connect with Jerry via his blog and Facebook page: Grow Like Crazy

 

 

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Guest Blog: Jerry’s Garden-Seed Start’n Ideas

February 17th, 2011
 

Hey Everyone!  Jerry Greenfield here again!  Inspired by Humble Seed’s recent blogs on starting seeds indoors and planning a spring garden, I thought for my guest blog this month, I would expand a bit on indoor seed starting and offer some biodegradable seed pot ideas!  Planting in seed trays is a fantastic idea if you have some extras in your garage or gardening shed, but if not, consider using biodegradable items you may have around the house.  Here are some examples:

  1. Cardboard Egg Cartons: These are perfect for seedlings!  They hold just enough soil, allow for excess water to drain, and are very portable if you end up needing to move your seedlings.  In addition, by re-using these cartons as planters, you’re helping reduce your carbon footprint by getting two uses out of one item.
  2. Egg Shells: Let’s say you have Styrofoam or plastic egg cartons instead of cardboard cartons?  You can still put the shape and portability of the carton to use by planting your seeds inside egg shells.  Remove the top half of the shell and poke a small hole in the bottom for drainage.  When you’re ready to transplant, just break the shell to remove the soil and seedling, and then throw the shell into your compost pile or leave them in your garden soil.
  3. Newspaper Seedling Pots:   Okay, I’ll admit, not many of us even get the newspaper anymore, but if you do, building seedling pots out of the black and white pages is a great way to put your paper to use once you’ve finished reading it.  Here is a video on the “how tos” of building a newspaper seedling pot.  When transplant time comes, you can toss the newspaper into your compost pile.
  4. Plastic Soda Bottles: If you’re a big soda drinker (which you shouldn’t be!) you can use the bottom 1/3 or so of a plastic soda bottle as a seedling pot.  This option is kind of neat, as you can oftentimes see the roots growing in the soil because of the clear plastic.  Be sure to poke holes in the bottom for drainage, and once you’re done with them, wash them out and throw them in the recycle bin.
  5. Toilet Paper Rolls.  Yep, I said it!  And we all use toilet paper, so we all have rolls!  Each roll will get you two seedling pots, so this is a great way to re-use something that would normally just be tossed in the trash.  Similar to the newspaper pots, you would just throw these in your compost pile once you’ve transplanted your seedlings.  Here’s a quick “how to” on creating these.

In addition to these options, many garden supply stores will carry pre-made biodegradable seedling pots which can usually just be planted directly into your garden soil once you move your seedlings outdoors.  Whether you chose to use a plastic seed planter, one of the “around the house” options above, or store-bought seedling containers, the important thing is to re-use, reduce, and recycle.  Oh, and have fun!

Connect with Jerry via his blog and Facebook page: Grow Like Crazy

About Jerry Greenfield:

Jerry Greenfield

My number one focus is growing my own food. I don’t think that really counts as a hobby. For some people it is, but for me, growing my own fruits and vegetables and saving my own seed is the key to survival. The only person you can count on is yourself, if you ask me. The government is trying to “help” us all with GMOs and welfare, but it’s all a crock. I also like to build things and read Transcendentalist authors from the 1860s.

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