You don’t need more space. You need more courage.
GUEST POST BY NICOLA CHATHAM.
I remember when I realised I needed to grow my own organic food in order to heal my health. I had visions of row after row of garden beds, overflowing with plants of all descriptions. I saw an edible smorgasbord where I could simply walk through the orchard and pick a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
An apple, a banana, then maybe a mango to wash it down.
I thought I’d grow carrots and onions and sweet potatoes. I thought I’d harvest paw-paw and green beans all before breakfast.
I thought I’d need acres of land to accommodate my vision.
I look back now and giggle. What a lot I didn’t know. What a lot I was afraid of. What a lot of work I’d envisioned for myself.
The reality has been quite different. I won’t say very different, because the essence of that vision has come true, but the finer details are not what I expected. I now live on 1.5acres in the country and this is how my vision’s turned out…
How much time do I spend actually ‘gardening’?
About two days every three months.
How much land do I use to grow my organic food?
The veggie patch is only 15m2 and the orchard is more like 700m2. Most of the food comes from the veggie patch. Only when the fruit trees are in season does the orchard feel (sometimes overly!) productive.
How much food do I grow?
More than enough to provide 70% of my fresh food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But do you know what’s ironic?
When I lived in a small rental house in the city I grew enough leafy greens and herbs to go with most of my meals. I just grew them in pots down my back-steps. I didn’t need more space. I needed the courage to believe what I had could work for me.
I needed courage to begin. I needed courage to fail. I needed courage to turn problems into solutions. I needed courage to educate myself as I went along.
That’s what you need, too, Wellness Warrior. A sip of bravery, a dash of courage and a slurp of curiosity to begin growing your own organic food.
Gardening is an adventure. It sets you up to feel empowered about your food. Empowered about the difference you’re making to the earth. Empowered and inspired by the interaction you have with nature.
Organic gardening can help heal your health (it’s helped heal mine!) and heal the earth.
No matter how big or small our yard or balcony. You can grow at least some of your own organic food. We just need the courage to begin.
Just add courage.
How about you, Wellness Warrior? How have you made the most of the space you have? Do you have a few herbs in pots? Share in the comments below your experience with growing even just some of your own food.
PLUS, if you have any questions about growing organic food in the space you have, please feel free to ask for tips in the comments below.
Thanks so much for reading. I truly hope you’re feeling inspired to be courageous with whatever space you have. If you’ve enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends by clicking ‘like’ and ‘retweet’.
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Author bio: Nicola Chatham is the creator of online gardening courses The Abundant Veggie Patch System and Grow Organic Food in Pots, and author of The Sprouter’s 2013 Organic Gardening Planner & Calendar. An organic gardening teacher, inspirational speaker, certified Permaculture designer & contemporary artist, she writes weekly at NicolaChatham.com where beginner gardeners go for her practical advice and inspiration. Click here to get your free Quick & Easy Veggie Patch Kit including her much-loved weekly newsletter Sprout!
You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter @nicolachatham.com
Positive affirmation for the day: I am courageous.
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