16 reasons to live simply by starting a vegetable garden

beautiful_gardenGardening is an integral part of simple living and a growing number of Americans are getting down in the dirt. According to a·National Gardening Association survey, food gardening was the only category of lawn and garden activity that saw a significant increase in household participation and spending in 2009. Food gardening participation increased by 14% while the total spent increased by 21% over 2008 levels. The Association defines food gardening as including vegetable gardening, fruit trees, growing berries, and herb gardening.


Masanobu Fukuoka's Natural Farming and Permaculture

masanobuMasanobu Fukuoka is a farmer/philosopher who lives on the Island of Shikoku, in southern Japan. His farming technique requires no machines, no chemicals and very little weeding. He does not plow the soil or use prepared compost and yet the condition of the soil in his orchards and fields improve each year. His method creates no pollution and does not require fossil fuels.

His method requires less labor than any other, yet the yields in his orchard and fields compare favorably with the most productive Japanese farms which use all the technical know-how of modern science.


Viewing the Inner Life of Plants

listauraRussian-born physicist Dr. Konstantin Korotkov is a true pioneer. His technological advances are setting innovative standards for the study of the human energy field, as well as generating a new understanding of reality.

Dr. Korotkov's research team has developed a camera that not only photographs plant (and human) energy fields, but is able to report on the effectiveness of medical remedies for specific conditions. It's called the GDV and, Korotkov says, makes the old Kirlian cameras look like a bicycle compared to a Mercedes.


A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture

permaculturePermaculture is a set of techniques and principles to design and implement sustainable human settlements. It is dependent on place and each garden is different, with diverse climates, resources and needs. This book seeks to aid the gardener in finding the potential of his/her garden, treating the entire property, including the buildings, as part of a living and dynamic ecosystem.

I recommend this book to anyone who is also trying to “grow their way to freedom”. The book is geared toward a suburban lot of at least ¼ acre. Although many of the ideas can be applied to a smaller area, for those with a very small gardening area, another book might be more appropriate.


Do Nothing Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka Method

fukuokaIn reviewing the archives of the Fukuoka_Farming mailing list, it became obvious that trying to grow vegetables using Fukuoka's method is the most frequently discussed topic. It also became obvious that most of us, including myself, were woefully ignorant of all that Fukuoka had to say on the subject. This is due primarily to the unavailability of his "how-to" book, "The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy".

The book has been out of print for years, can only be found occasionally in public libraries, and on those rare moments when someone offers to sell a used copy it usually commands an exorbitantly high price.


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