Every few days K collects another cup of blueberries which we eat with our oatmeal at breakfast.
At dinner we often have nasu (eggplant) from our sole plant, piman (bell peppers) and cherry tomatoes. And then there's the three okra plants which give us two or three fruit every day.
And for a little spice, there is red chili pepper, shown here with K's monster rosemary bush in the background. This pepper is about 13cm (5 inches) long.
Do you know what is America's largest crop?
Lawn grass - with over 40 and half million acres! Americans spend over 8 billion dollars a year and who knows how much time tending to grass - which they don't eat or even (ahem) smoke. It just sits there absorbing chemicals (which pollute the ground water) and sucking up fresh water. Oh, grass has it's uses, but that is what public parks are for.
The statistics are amazing:
PESTICIDE USAGE (from Beyond Pesticides)
- 78 million households in the U.S. use home and garden pesticides.
- Herbicides account for the highest usage of pesticides in the home and garden sector with over 90 million pounds applied on lawns and gardens per year.
- Suburban lawns and gardens receive more pesticide applications per acre (3.2-9.8 lbs) than agriculture (2.7 lbs per acre on average).
- Pesticide sales by the chemical industry average $9.3 billion. Annual sales of the landscape industry are over $35 billion.
- Included in the most commonly used pesticides per pounds per year are: 2,4-D (8-11 million), Glyphosate (5-8 million), MCPP (Mecoprop) (4-6 million), Pendimethalin (3-6 million), Dicamba (2-4 million).
- A 2004 national survey reveals that 5 million homeowners use only organic lawn practices and products.
Give it a try. Even if you live in an apartment, hopefully your manager or condominium association allows you to grow a few things in containers on your patio or certainly in a window sill. If they don't - work on changing that.
My youngest daughter grows herbs on her balcony in Texas.
Alternatively, you can farm a small community plot like Bonnie does.
You can even try to grow something on the deck of your boat. Just ask O Docker about that. (Or maybe don't). :) Yes, there is a learning curve. But approach it as you would sailing - a fun and rewarding challenge.
Until next, sweet sailing - and gardening.