Most members will have read Mark’s emails on the recent groundhog invasion.
It’s aggravating. But what if we really were growing our crops for sustenance?
That our daily meal depended on what we’d grown?
What if it wasn’t a groundhog that ruined our crops, but drought, or flood, or a
locust invasion. Growing vegetables for most of us is pleasant. A way to add to our
summer tables, and learn about growing food in the process. But what if we depended on
it and the disappearance of our precioius tomatoe plants or seedlings, meant the difference between nourishment and
starvation? There has been a lot of press about the world’s imminent food crisis this week.
Bio-fuels taking over from crops in Africa…Sky high food prices…Global warming affecting crops…People in Peru who can
no longer afford their native crop – quinoa – because it is grown for export and our tables. The price of
coffee sky-rocketing…It gives you pause for thought and the understanding that we should never
take food – or at least affordable food – for granted, nor should we ever waste it.
Now about those groundhogs….
Fences – chicken wire and slant the posts slightly towards the side of the box as groundhogs dig straight down.
Posts should be about 12″ deep to prevent digging and be about 2′ above the surface.
Dollarama – a great resource for inexpensive dividers and fencing.
People resources – if you can help your plot neighbour secure their plot, do!
From the web: Spray a solution of 1 tbsp of castor oil and 1 tbsp of liquid dish soap per gallon of warm water on soil and plants.
Jingly, jangly bits – chime contest anyone?
(Any other ideas, please contribute…)