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Urban Garden Raised Beds

Urban Garden Raised Beds

Urban Gardening and Urban Homesteading is becoming more mainstream then times past thanks largely to global realization of Peak Oil and how it affects our food. As the cost of gas goes up, so will the price of our food. People looking for solutions only have to look back 25-50 years when we didn't have the 3000 mile salad. People ate what they grew and shared their knowledge of harvest with up and coming generations. This knowledge has somehow been lost while the world got itself in a big hurry and hooked on Oil.

According to NGA, Natioanl Gardening Association, there are approximately 110 million Small-Scale Vegetable Growers in the USA alone in 2008 and 95 million of them are urban. In rural communities the share raising veggies is about 2 of 3 and in urban neighborhoods, from Boston to Fargo, it is about 1 in 3.

One of the largest seeds sellers, reports their sales of vegetable seed doubled in 2008 over 2007 and for the first time since WWII, vegetable seed sales in London have surpassed the sale of flowers. Due to increases in technology such as green houses the growing season in colder regions of the USA, Canada and Europe has increased by 2-3 weeks.

It is clear to see there is a movement and people are realizing the best way to ensure there is always food on the table is to grow it or buy it locally. The trend to "keep it local" also creates a sense of community and pride in what you eat. It does not matter if you insist on shopping at the local market to keep it local, take on the 100mile diet that's all the rage lately or simply convert some of your precious lawn to grow some carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers for yourself, friends and family, the point is you are doing something.

Keep it green!

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