There are so many books and articles about gardening, but at its roots is the basic, fundamental desire to provide sustanance for yourself and others who depend on you. This is not a new phenomenon. It has been going on since people set their homes in one place.
Looking back only a few short generations, you'll see just how differently people lived. Folks didn't have Miracle-Gro...so how did they know their garden crop would feed their family for an entire year? It was trial and error. Hope for the best. Plant more than you need...just in case. Their garden plant choices were based on what was the most economical, what was the most nutritious and what would store the longest.
My great grandmother Annie Hall and her daughter Irene (mid 1940's)
Its strange to think that a lot of that knowledge of past generations is all but lost due to our ever growing dependance on MEGA stores for our food intake. We now know less about food production and have to trust in documentaries like Food Inc and Super Size Me to hear all the gory stories. Why not skip the horror and walk out to your own veritable grocery store....one that only stocks what you like!
Its a sense of independance that the Foodland's and the Metro's of the world do NOT want you to know.
In future posts, I will come back to this idea of food independance...because it relates to my pioneer fetish...yes I said it.