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NickB79 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-13-09 12:35 PM
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28. I don't need "the YouTube". I grew up on a farm. I know how to grow food
Edited on Sat Jun-13-09 12:41 PM by NickB79
And I also know that despite the accumulated knowledge of generations of farmers and gardeners, my family had years where they did everything right and still had disastrous crop yields, or my grandmother lost half her garden to disease, insects, or varmints. In those situations, there was always the possibility of a better yield next year. In a survival situation, though, you die.

Right now I work in a community garden in the Twin Cities. I have had to educate an amazingly naive populace when it comes to gardening, answering questions that I would have laughed at as a 5-yr old. Can you grow a tomato from saved seed? What's the good of compost? Aren't earthworms bad for plants? :eyes:

And while even the most green new gardeners like the ones your cousin teach can eventually grow a few tomatoes or potatoes, that is nowhere near the amount needed to sustain a person, much less a family. How many tons of food does a family of 5 go through in a year? Does your cousin have each of those children working their own half-acres of land with nothing more than shovels and hoes in the blistering sun, carrying buckets of water for hours on end? How will they preserve that food for use during the winter months? If you make a mistake while canning, you can die of botulism poisoning. Do they understand that you need to grow a wide variety of vegetables that compliment each other, such as legumes for proteins to compliment the starches of potatoes? If you don't eat the right mixture of vegetables and fruits, you suffer from malnutrition. Do they understand how to maintain soil fertility through composting, green manures, fallow periods, and crop rotations?

Yes, on one hand I can see why you think my example was hyperbole. But both heart surgery and gardening in a survival situation are matters of life and death. The smallest mistakes can mean disaster, and you don't get a second chance.
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