Here we are in the dark days of winter and the spring seed catalogs have started arriving. These brightly colored reminders of warm days ahead cheer me up.
In our house, the arrival of the spring seed catalogs kicks off the plant selection debate. My wife tries to fill every empty space in our small garden. I try to limit the number of holes I’ll have to dig. My wife believes that no garden is complete until there is no room for weeds.
We are fortunate to live in part of the world that will grow an amazing abundance of beautiful and nutritious plants. I have traveled across our great country several times. I am awed by the size of the vast farms and orchards that we have in our heartland.
When I get dragged into a grocery store, I am amazed at the variety of produce. Many fresh foods travel great distances to get into our shopping cart.
There are fresh vegetables from California, a thousand miles away. Plus, there are fresh berries from South America and fresh tangerines from Spain or Israel all several thousands of miles away.
In our quest to eat well, we pay a big premium for the fuel to ship fresh produce very long distances.
The biggest effort to save fuel used for food distribution was the Victory Gardens that were planted during World War II. They give us a model to follow to reduce the amount of petroleum fuel consumption that we each are responsible for. The use of home grown, or at least locally grown, produce reduces the transportation fuel needed.
Plan your own Energy Independence Garden now. It will help drive away the late winter blues. Planning a garden is a whole lot more satisfying than watching TV.
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