26 Aug '11, 3pm

How to Grow More Food: Grow Fewer Plants, Do Less Stuff:

How to Grow More Food: Grow Fewer Plants, Do Less Stuff:

I've written before about the lost eco-art of cutting yourself some slack , and nowhere is this more important than the garden. Much like strict, faddy weight-loss diets, an overly enthusiastic dive into self sufficiency and backyard food growing can, for many people, quickly become a burden and lead to burn out. I learned this the hard way this year. Having started out well with bumper crops of spinach, lettuce and my beautiful asparagus bed that had finally started producing, I got a little carried away with summer crops. Forgetting an earlier decision to take it easy this year (based on the pressures of work, parenthood and, well, a certain tendency to enjoy being lazy), I bought tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers and more—and happily planted them in my over-sized garden. Then the weeding, watering, and swearing at disgustingly sticky North Carolina weather began. (...

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