When we lived in the suburbs, we always had a small garden in the backyard. Every year it’d be the same deal: we’d start out all excited-like, till it up, plant our seeds (or plants), and lovingly care for our garden for about the first six weeks, after which we’d get bored silly, stop weeding, blow off watering, and only occasionally take advantage of the non-abundance of veggies that sprung up in spite of our negligence. Sure, we wanted a garden, we just didn’t want to have to work for it.
But things are different now.
1. We’re in a situation, finally, where we understand the magnitude of the debt we’re in, and we’re finally really ready to get rid of it, and are making the changes necessary to do so. And given our particular situation, that’s going to mean cutting costs wherever necessary.
2. In my humble opinion, the collapse of the American dollar is impossible to avoid, whenever it may come. And with that collapse will come substantially higher food costs – not an option for a family in our financial situation.
Garden is no longer just a hobby: for us, it’s a necessity. So what are our goals for our “Dream” garden?
1. A substantial food supply for our family that, between canning, freezing and root cellaring, will take us through a good part of next spring.
2. Education. We’ve been working hard to figure out what we’re doing here, instead of being willy-nilly about it like we’ve been in past years. Our garden is not just for entertainment anymore – the goal is to feed our family.
3. Abundance enough to share with others. We’ve got a pretty big (for us) garden planned out. If all goes well, we’ll have enough not just to supply our needs, but the needs of those around us as well.
4. Possible extra income. Once we get really good at this, we could have enough to go to some of the local farmers’ markets, sell from home, or at the very least, earn some extra money by teaching others about successful gardening.
As in the days of the Great Depression, our garden is not just about having something to do anymore, but moreso, it’s a source for feeding our family and a way to save money for not just our family, but hopefully for others too.