Scott McGuire´s advice for surviving famine with backyard gardening


by Scott McGuire — AKA “Hawkeye”

For those seriously interested in energy addiction recovery, the garden gate into the plant kingdom beckons wide. And as we remember and re-learn what-all it takes to feed ourselves, we’ll find soil building is only one part of the picture. Yet having ground to grow on, any kind of ground, is the third most important thing. Even crappy soil can be improved if you have the second most important thing, water. Carving up lawns is a great idea; strips of sod can be stacked back-to-back to make a superior compost called turf-loam. However, so many lawns are nothing but sponges saturated with herbicides and other toxic residues. The ground underneath must then be loosened, aerated and re-mineralized to grow anything decent out of it.

The first most important thing, the thing you need to have if soil and water are going to be of any use to you at all, is seeds. I must disagree with all the rapture around gold. Right now we need to be investing in seed supplies. We must OWN the seeds if we ever expect to be able to grow the plants. I don’t care if you don’t yet know your ass from an asparagus; BUY the seeds right NOW for the plants you’re going to want to eat.

Tour Scott McGuire’s “White Sage Gardens” in the back yard of his rental home — a demonstration site for suburban sustainability. He ponders, “How might a household produce and preserve a significant portion of its own food supply?” Composting, a water-conserving greenhouse, and seed-saving are all facets of this beautiful work in progress.


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12 Responses to “Scott McGuire´s advice for surviving famine with backyard gardening”

  1. KatrinaW Says:

    Dear Hawkeye,

    So glad to see your wisdom in cyberspace. Hope to catch up in person some day. You can view my EarthHeaven garden on my weblog. Please contact me.

    Hugs, Tina/Katrina

  2. Scarecrow Sprinkler Says:

    I enjoyed reading your post today..will visit again soon..keep up the good postings 🙂

  3. Carol Lee Abrahamson Says:

    Dear One,
    Found YOU. We must connect. I am living in the Santa Ynez Valley, Ca. Still doing end of life care.
    CArol Lee Abrahamsoa

  4. iris schuberth Says:

    yes i learned all that from my grandparents and parents in germany after the war the energy of plants and nature and yet the religious people called us pagans and witches our fam. also used the harmonics of music what pleased the plants gardens nature animals
    yet again religion called us satanists
    anyway i live in the plastic world of the usa now but as we see the old true science of nature is slowly coming back
    iris schuberth

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