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Dallas-Fort Worth, NorthCentral Texas Build a Square-Foot Garden
Our industrialized food system has food traveling long distances to reach your table. This is notsustainable, of course, nor is it even desirable, as food loses quality, bothtaste and nutrition, over the distance. The transportation of food pollutes and keeps us addicted to oil.CyberParent, LLC, could continue to point out problems with our food system. Insteadwe will refer you to the documentary Food, Inc. If you have not seen it, we strongly recommend you do so soon. It is an expose of a food system controlled by a few multinational corporations that often put their profit ahead of public health and the health of our planet.
Growing some of your own food is a sensible step in a sustainable planet. One easy way to do this is to find a sunny spot in your own yard and add a square-foot garden. This is one box, or a series of boxes, filled with soil, marked off in one foot squares and planted with seasonalvegetables or flowers.
The best single word to describe square foot gardens I can think of is “easy.” They are easy to build, plant, weed, water, and harvest. The boxes can be raised to table height if desired for anyone who no longer bends well.
Materials–You will need untreated wood which you can buy used:
(2) 1 x 12s or 2 x 12s as long as you want your garden.
920 1 x 12s or 2 x 12s as wide as you want your garden. Three feet is suggested is you want kids or physically challenged people to be able to reach across it easily. Four feet is fine, too.
(2) 1 x 4s as long as your garden if you want a seat on the sides of your garden.
A few screws.
Screw eyes and string.
Lay your 1 x 12s or 2 x 12s out in a box. Screw together. Add a seat (bench) downeach side. Now lay out the garden in 1′ x 1′ sections using the screw eyesand string.
Fill with dirt and plant your veggies or flowers. Water. Is that easyor what?
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