Ask Flora-Sustainable Gardening, Feeding the Hungry, Learn Gardening

Ask Flora-Sustainable Gardening, Feeding the Hungry, Learn Gardening

Dear Flora:

Where can I get some more information on setting up a sustainable garden?

~Love my Natural Life

Dear Love:

A new site called the Organic Gardener is featuring a video series by master gardener Susan Harris on this very topic. I found it extremely informative and know that you will too.

~Flora

Dear Flora:

I just think it’s ridiculous that people are going hungry when growing your own food is such a viable option. It kills me to see pictures of kids in third world countries with swollen bellies. Why are people not planting more to become self-sustaining?

~Frustrated

Dear Frustrated:

I share your angst-trust me. And if I knew all the answers I’d have to run for President (or God). I can share what I know of course and I think that all of us should be making moves in our own lives to help with the hunger issue. Simple things like planting a row to donate to the food bank are simple but viable options to help in your own community. I do know that land ownership, or lack thereof, is an issue especially in third world countries. But some projects have been implemented to teach those in poorer countries how to grow their food in containers and we need more funding to allow for these educational programs.

I also believe that outreach and education in the USA is vital. How many people “are aware” of the issue yet brush it aside and do nothing? Many of us. But if we preach on it just a little more and spread that out beyond our own families, maybe more heartstrings will be tugged resulting in more action to combat hunger through the very natural act of planting food.

How about you? Can you commit to teaching your gardening skills to one other person this year? Not so hard-but think of the impact if each and every one of us did the same.

~Flora

Dear Flora:

I would like to absorb more about gardening before beginning my first one next year. Do you have any suggestions?

~Want to Learn

Dear Want to Learn:

Absolutely! We have a list of great gardening sites that are particularly helpful. Check out 2 Green Thumbs UpFresh Dirt and Garden Web. There are more listed to the left. Also, consider attending the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle scheduled for February 18-22, 2009. There is a wealth of information there and you can take it at your own pace!

~Flora

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