Why Growing Your Own Food is So Important

growing your own food
Planting the fall garden, while Cat looks on.

We live from the soil. No plants, no food, no us. You only care for that of which you are aware. Growing your own food, handling soil that you’ve carefully nurtured, keeps you in touch with the Biosphere. What do you think would happen if you became out of touch with your kids, your pets, your body? They suffer and in the end this will cause you to suffer, unnecessarily.

growing your own food
As the summer crops end, I collect plenty of free compost from the town. It makes all the difference to soil quality – yes, I said thank you by taking them pizzas. High quality pizzas, because Carrboro staff make high quality compost from leaves and grass clippings.

I grow most of my own food. Right now, I’m putting in my fall garden, into well tended and cultivated soil with plenty of worms. Enough for the Robins, too. In that bowl there are about 20 garlic bulbs ready to enhance my meals. Homegrown garlic is so much better than store bought. They are straight from the soil, found while planting half-runner beans.

In go beets, cabbage, spinach, kale, bok choy and so-forth.

In North Carolina, you can have fresh greens the whole year round. Just plant Russian kale for the fall and winter and Malabar spinach for spring and summer. Here’s that climbing spinach. I often go out and graze straight from the plants. Nothing better for this plant-based older athlete.

growing your own food
Malabar spinach can handle really hot weather, withstanding low rainfall when other plants are struggling, I discovered.

Even a few pots on your balcony can deliver real food and keep you in touch.

Why not?

The next few Old Dogs in Training, LLC, newsletters are about nutrition and diet. The first one is at this link.

Wishing you happy trails,

kev aka FitOldDog

grow your own food
Grey is muscle, white is fat, clear ring around the central white spot (bone marrow) is the femoral bone.

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.