Okay, here I go again. I tried starting this yesterday and my computer disconnected as I was about to finish.
Several of us have been discussing gardening on one of my blog post threads, so we decided that I should start a gardening thread. I chose to do it here although it might also fit in the environment section.
Here are some related news items:
Thom Hartmann A reports that experts expect major world food shortages in the coming years due to global warming and population growth;
An internet article I read yesterday, said that farmers' markets have greatly increased in popularity over the past year;
My neighbor Doreen stopped by here to give us a couple of homegrown Persian Cucumbers last night. Fortunately for my wife and I, our Okinawan neighbors are good friends and into organic gardening also. In fact, I see 94 year old Shin tending to his garden almost every day. (By the way, I once did a blog post about Shin, but it was about how he evaded participation in WWII by migrating to Hawaii from Okinawa. Doreen is his daughter.)
I don't have any special knowledge about gardening, actually, just practical experience and what my curious mind has picked up from various people and sources over the years. My wife and I are both into organic gardening, and my wife has recently decided to turn her rose garden in the front yard into a fruit orchard, basically, so we have been adding quite a few fruit trees as well as other food bearing plants lately, despite the hot, dry summer weather here in Moreno Valley, CA. In fact, the temps reached about 106 degrees fahrenheit here yesterday. In fact, one of our most successful crops is Dragon Fruit, which is a fruiting cactus related to Christmas Cactus.
We also have a greenhouse where we grow a lot of fruit and veggies, which doubles as a cat shelter. Everything we grow is organic -- that is, without the use of pesticides, as our our neighbors fruit and veggies.
I understand that Alberto Ceras and Leighmf have some expertise regarding this topic.
While growing up, my mother always used to do organic gardening, which influenced my brothers and I. My father of course always helped too. Actually, their garden is still organic and grows lots of food (which family members often "raid" i.e., harvest), but most of the work is now done by other people as my parents are old and unfortunately not capable of doing much yardwork anymore, unlike Shin.
My brother Bruce, in fact, went on to work at the agricultural station at U.C. Riverside, then get a bachelors degree and Ph. D. in Soil Science. He now works for the California Water Quality Control Board as an environmentalist, and is still very much involved in organic gardening and teaching others the same and proper use of water.
Any feedback regarding people's experiences and/or projects involving organic gardening and how it benefits us and the environment, is welcome.