For the entire month of June, I am sharing my books in the first annual Cygnet Brown Book Club Month! All throughout the month, I will be featuring not one, but all of the books that I have written to date. The gardening-related books I am writing here on The Perpetual Homesteader. The first gardening book I am sharing is Simply Vegetable Gardening. My non-gardening books are shared on my other blog HowMySpirit Sings. (here’s the link).
When I first started writing Simply Vegetable Gardening, we were living at my brother’s place after losing our home to foreclosure. I started writing it during the Great Recession with the intention of helping other people get started gardening by sharing what I knew about it. To tell the truth, I also wanted to begin earning a living writing about topics that I loved, and I do love gardening.
Here we are again facing uncertain times and many people have started gardening lately, but few have the experience that I have in getting my hands dirty with soil. I have had fifty years of experience getting plants to grow without fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.
Home Garden to Combat World Wide Food Shortages
What I shared in Simply Vegetable Gardening is even more relevant today than it was then. In this time of food shortages and fertilizer shortages, I don’t worry. This year, my garden is bigger and better than ever because I don’t just talk and write about gardening, I practice what I preach.
I believe that one of the solutions to food shortages is increased home garden production. Anything each one of us can grow ourselves can make a difference in food shortages around the world because that is just one more thing that we don’t have to take out of the mouths of people in other countries. Every potato that we grow and eat ourselves is another potato available in the stores for someone else.
I wouldn’t say that I grow organically because to be able to say that specifically, my garden would have to be organically certified which it is not. I don’t purchase a lot of organic substances for my garden, and I use very few means of combating pests and diseases. What I do is build my garden using natural means and substances. I primarily feed the soil and provide the necessary nutrients to feed the soil microbes, creating a symbiotic relationship with my plants, making them both healthy and pest and disease resistant.
Consider starting a garden this year or at least learn to garden without outside resources. To help you do this I highly recommend reading Simply Vegetable Gardening.
From this book, you’ll learn techniques for growing your own vegetables without herbicides, pesticides, or purchased fertilizers. Get a taste of the book by reading a sample of Simply Vegetable Gardening on Amazon.