Quick, Quick its pouring rain.. glad you made it, its raining so hard that there are road closures, and the kiddo’s buses are canceled as well. Shake yourself off and come on in..
I have got a lovely pot of spicy Chia tea on today or perhaps a hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick?
How are you doing today? Its getting so close to Christmas? Are you ready for it? Got your plans made? Still need a stocking stuffer? How about a little package of seeds? I know how excited I get when I get seeds and I expect that others feel the same 🙂
I am waiting for a convention to open up, I am on the email list to get in on the early bird cost fee, I would like to save as much as possible. Its a three day event and I have a feeling its going to be filled with hot topic/cutting edge knowledge in regards to living soils.
The new year is coming and might I make at least one of my own little New Year Predictions!?
I predict that you will be hearing “Regenerative” and “Soil Carbon Capture” along with “Year of the Soil” and a new one even to me..
Now this little video is very tailored for the states but it gets the point across that this is a movement that is up and coming..
(now please don’t think that the five tips are going to be new to us homesteaders or old gardeners, its old hat for most of us.. other then those that are still tilling every year and keeping bare soil gardens)
I have been hearing that word, just slipped in on the main news, seeing it pop up in BBC news and more.. then one of the grass roots groups I follow and work with, posted that one of their main ladies was going to be a speaker at the coming soil event for 2019.
This is the video from their first one in 2017!
You are most likely thinking hmmm.. but I think that we are going to find that this is going to be a HUGE push in the coming while.. it’s of course NOT this simple.. there are many other factors at play but none the less! I will stay on topic..
This is a much longer video but it explains the basic’s of how/why when it comes to carbon capture in the soil
If you have the time to watch this, its worth it! I know that its dry but I really want you to remember that this was done in 2017.. so many of the things he is talking about is our “right here and now”
I had already planned a number of compost posts and one really longer video on compost and soil in the coming year, I knew that I would be sharing a good amount of posts on my yard work. I have a feeling this convention will provide the spring board to a lot more information sharing with my readership 🙂
As we get closer and the outline come together, I will come back and see if there is any questions you guys have that you want to see if I can get answers for on a global scale.
So do you think that climate victory gardens will catch on?
I am not sure about the climate victory gardens specifically, but it definitely seems that growing and raising your own food on whatever scale you can is catching on big. With all the food recalls and education about what bad things are in our food due to large scale production people are wanting to be more and more in charge of what goes into their food and closer to the process. I know I feel much better when I sit down to eat something we have grown and raised. Whatever the reason each person has for deciding to grow a garden – I think it is great!
Hi Willow, I agree totally, I was surprised to see a stat that said 35% of people own land that would allow them to grow gardens of different shapes and sizes. That means that the other 65% of people live in housing that means that they do not have land access per say.. that is where I think the idea of victory gardens, community gardens and having villages, towns and cities getting into the idea of giving up green space for allotment gardens are going to be a very important thing. I have to admit that I was surprised to see such a high stat on those that don’t own “extra land” but that’s what they say.
I do think at this point that smaller land holders/homesteaders are more focused on this style of growing, vs the larger land owners that have invested so much more into the land/machines/seeds and push, push for the end crop yield results.
Awesome FG! Finally! THIS is the “whatever we can all do” to slow, stop and eventually back up Global Climate Change!!
Really looking forward to your reports: )
And I mean growing food in ANY form: home garden, Village Green, patio or windowsill; )
On a interesting side note Deb, the stats are that only 35% of the population owns or has access to land/soil.. I am still a bit in shock that 65% of our population lives in housing that does not have soil access.. but I think that it would be a good and interesting push for allotment gardens/community gardens and so forth.
Pretty sad, hey? No WONDER there’s such a disconnect between those who grow crops & care for livestock and those who have NO idea what’s involved…
I’m not sure climate gardens will catch on among non gardening folks but I hope urban friendly ideas like window gardens and become more popular
Fair enough, I wonder on it myself, still at least locally, I see more and more community gardens coming each year that open to 20 to 50 plus homes and so many of our schools now run gardens as well..
I think community gardens are definitely trending! I myself have been thinking of starting one
I have a number of them that are also interested in having pollination garden areas and working with the native bees as a joint effort. I am booked to work with three so far and I expect as word gets around that more will ask for more information.
Living in the country and having so much land to enjoy and take care has spoiled our family. We now encourage everyone that even if they just grow something in a pot that it is worth the time and effort. Just read an article about driveway container gardening. Look forward to learning more and more.
thanks Candy, I know what you mean those of us with land can at times not really understand that so many people live without land themselves. Very interesting on the driveway gardening, I think it will be a turning point when gardens/food production is allowed on front yards instead of like now where so many towns and cities have back yard gardens only allowed
More and more people are growing their own food in one way or the other or buying locally. I really don’t trust a lot of the produce in stores myself. I think its great that your focusing on the gardening for the coming year and looking forward to the post about compost and all that information. There is more informative out there than ever on how to grow food vertical gardens, patio garden etc. Have a healthy, happy & blessed Christmas and New Year.
Thanks Marla I do think its very important, I used to be much more focused on my own meat, milk, eggs and some veggies/fruit and then I would use u-pick and local producers for the larger amounts.. but slowly, I am coming to understand that I need to do all of it.. which can be a bit overwhelming but its also very freeing at the same time.
I am already planning on doing a series on Victory Gardens today, and think this would be an excellent thing to promote. I’m with Marla – I dread having to buy items from the grocery store, especially with all the recalls lately. The more I can do here, the better I believe it will be for my family in the long run. Our ground was so over-tilled, over-fertilized and under-cared for, it has been a long haul trying to build it back up. But eventually, I will succeed!
Hi Julie, Nice idea on the Victory gardens and to link it though would be a very good thing. Sorry to hear about your working with under-cared for land.. I fully believe you will, I have lots of tips coming this year on building and improving soil 🙂
Thank you for this article. I feel the same way when it comes to shopping the market. We work really hard on our property to grow and raise as much of our food as well.
The statistics are alarming I know. Once can only hope that more and more people catch on. Thank you again.
Wow! I had actually never heard of regenerative gardening! I know, I must live under a rock! I will definitely be looking more into this term and philosophy (although it is pretty much what I’m doing, anyway!). Thank you for bringing it to my attention!
Its worth a read and a bit of study because while I fully and totally promote any kind of food growing.. from a single plant in a pot 🙂 its not the same thing as working to create carbon capture in the soil to help with climate change. Its crazy when you start to grasp just how much carbon we can pull out of the air and move into a stable way in our soil and I don’t mean in the first little bit of soil, I mean deep, they have in places been able to prove that it can go as deep as 200 feet where it can and that the carbon can be in the soil turned into minerals that they can feed the soil and though the soil plants, critters and of course us.