Monday, March 30, 2009

Recession garden

I do not remember which station I heard this on but their news teaser mentioned something about what to do for your "recession garden".

A what?

So because the United States is in a recession I am supposed to grow my own food in my own personal recession garden?

A what?

Do these people know how hard it is to maintain a garden large enough to supplement the store bought food supply a family requires to survive? Do they know how expensive it is? Hmm, I just lost my job and I am tapping my cash reserves to stay inside my house and keep my family fed. Wait, I got it. I will make a recession garden.

First I have no problem whatsoever with home gardens. If you truly want fresh tomatoes and other vegetables right out of the ground or off the vine you really cannot beat a home garden. Well that is not true. There are plenty of local farmers with farm markets where all sorts of freshness are available. I would rather help keep them in business because they serve a greater need.

Second, do these people live in Ohio? Residential soil is better suited for making pottery than growing things. You will likely need to borrow or rent a machine to grind up and process the soil and more than likely you will need to purchase a decent amount of top soil to grow stuff in.

Lastly, seed and chemicals for growth and parasite control are not free. Sanitization will also be required. Are there stray cats in the neighborhood? If so, you just built them another litter box so be prepared for that.

What is next? Recession Chia herb gardens? Recession barn so we can raise our own meat?

1 comment:

gta mls said...

I read an article few days ago that showed many businesses who actually profit from this recession and companies selling fertilizers and plant seeds are booming. Their profits are tripled or more when compared to last year. I guess people really are doing it. It does seem like a very strange idea. A lot of work, doesn't save that much money, no instant results. I just don't see the point in growing your own garden.

Take care, Julie