Become food self sufficient
No cost/low cost alternatives
- Plant seeds from plants you’ve eaten (almost all my fruit trees)
- Use your land resources for borders or bed building
- Mulch with your grass clippings/palm leaves/cut plant matter
- Compost from your plants/animals
- Propagate plants from yours before they finish their life-cycle
Use your resources/terrain
- Dead Trees
- Slow release of nutrients if placed in garden beds
- Mulch if debarked/chipped
- Lava Rocks
- Plant holder-uppers
- Start with one garden bed that you can maintain and don’t start multiple beds you cannot maintain
- Don’t clear areas unless you have plans that you will start right away and will maintain
- Careful those weedy plants grow fast!
Research plants before planting
- Pick the right spot for them, sun tolerances, size at maturity, shape, planting distance etc.
Plant starches and super plants first
- Since starches and perennial plants take time to establish themselves plant them early
- Sweet potato, cassava, yams, taro
- Turmeric, ginger
- Choko (Sechium edule), winged bean, moringa, gotu kola (Centella asiatica)
- Papaya, banana, breadfruit
Eat what grows
- I love stone fruits (plums, apricots, peaches), onion bulbs, garlic and many other things that will not grow in my climate. So I’m learning to live with replacements
- I can grow green onions, chives or leeks
- I can grow society garlic and garlic chives
Plant native plants
- It’s a sad reality that native plants are being displaced. Help them out by creating spots for their natural beauty in your garden
Never plant invasive plants!
- It’s not worth it to sacrifice the native ecology
Plant carefree hardy plants
- I can plant cassava and forget about it completely, and come back to it ready to harvest leaves or roots months later.
Plant beans everywhere!
- They fix nitrogen and if I forget to harvest them it will reseed and I’ll have more plants later
- Too many of a single fruit? Preserve it so you can eat it when the plant isn’t producing!
The possibilities are endless – get creative and teach someone your tips
- I put all paper product waste in my garden. If its glossy and inked I will place it under a path for weed suppression. If it seems nontoxic I will use it for weed suppression in my garden beds
- Got spare wood around from another project? Build borders for planters or beds, build a garden table, build a solar dehydrator for food preservation