MLM Parents Can Garden Organically
Everyone can improve their health and increase activity while having fun through Gardening. Well, everyone who has time can, which we MLM parents have more of than others.
Today I started building my spring/summer vegetable patch. It was a great feeling to be outdoors creating something good that will benefit my family.
One of the benefits often overlooked when doing gardening, is the opportunity to think. Once you have designed your garden and gathered your materials, building it, does not require too much thought. Well, not the type of vegetable garden I build.
While I am building and thinking I realised that this is another benefit of being a ‘stay at home’ parent. But not just a ‘stay at home’ parent but an ‘MLM stay at home’ parent.
Gardening covers everything that is important to me. Families having fun together, Organics, Health, Self Help, and Helping the Planet. And it costs very little...
Families can have great fun and enjoyment doing gardening together. If the adults start, then the rest of the family will usually join in. Though this might be a bit less likely with teenagers, (no problem with getting them to eat the results though) younger children are usually keen to assist.
It is a great feeling for everyone involved to watch the creation emerge. Starting with a patch of ground in my case, the lawn, and then turning it in to a thriving garden, is very rewarding.
Of course this is the most organic food you can get. You know exactly what it has been grown in and what has been put on the garden. It is as fresh as you can get, picking it straight out of the garden and on to your table.
Health wise there are several benefits; firstly the most obvious is the fresh food you are providing for yourself and your family.
Then there is the exercise you get while preparing your new garden and then maintaining it. Just getting outside in the fresh air is beneficial to your health.
Gardening reduces stress; you get time to think about things, the pleasure that comes from creating something wonderful and watching it grow.
Don’t forget that this is a great way of getting your daily dose of vitamin D as well. Vitamin D is essential to bone health and without it you will suffer from loss of bone density and are more likely to develop osteoporosis. Regular exercise also is a preventative factor in osteoporosis, so by gardening, you are implementing both of these preventative factors.
MLM parents know all about this point, they are people who are self helpers; they are helping themselves to make a better life. By growing your own vegetables you are helping yourself to a better diet and a better diet will mean an improvement in your health and wellbeing. You will save money and most likely eat more raw and fresh food. There is nothing like picking your dinner straight from the garden.
This is the big one; not only are you helping yourself and your family but you will also be helping the planet. I guess you would have heard of a low carbon food print? Well, think of all the carbon you will not be responsible for, now that your vegetables do not need to be transported. It will probably save you a few trips in the car to the shop as well.
On top of this, if done correctly and organically, the soil will be improved and it will encourage useful insects to your garden.
To reduce my carbon footprint further, I also use as many certified organic products as possible in my house and only Australian if I can. Click on this banner for the product range I use and recommend.
All these benefits are possible in part because you have chosen the MLM path and taken control of your destiny. Of course, we gain these benefits while our MLM business ticks along, producing a lovely passive income. For a unique organic MLM business click on his banner.
Here is how I made my garden in one weekend and what it cost.
I decided where my garden would be placed and how large it would be. I looked at how much sun an area received each day. I picked a relatively flat spot that was also well drained. I chose not to build too close to the neighbour’s fence in case they used chemicals on their side and not near the house, as chemicals to stop white ants will have been used on the pad. This would limit any possible contamination.
Then I mowed the lawn. Instead of using spray paint to mark out your garden, use the lawn mower. This avoids possible contamination from the paint.
I located a local farmer who sold straw bales. I purchased 20 bales. I then bought some garden soil with pig poo and straw mulched through it. Making sure that it was not too fresh. Fresh manure will burn your plants.
I got some old packing boxes that I had and I laid them on the area where the garden was to go. I thoroughly wet them.
One straw bale was placed at one end of the garden. To make the sides I used two straw bales lying on their wider side. This created a border around the garden and held the garden materials in place. Leave one end open to bring in garden materials.
I then placed a good layer of straw on the bottom of the garden bed directly on top of the cardboard boxes. This, I also thoroughly wet before commencing the next step.
Now, the garden soil mixture is added. The opening at the end allowed access for a wheel barrow. Once the garden bed was filled to approximately 3 inches from the top of the straw bale, I closed the end with another straw bale and filled the last section of the garden bed. Thoroughly water.
Finally, I went off to the local nursery and chose my seedlings. Once back at the garden I planted my seedlings and watered them in. I use a companion planting method as this is a natural way of reducing pests and diseases in your garden. Also I always check for the most fertile times to plant to improve my success rate.
Sit back and watch your plants grow and enjoy the results.
What it cost and What you will need?
20 bales of straw at $4.40 each total $88
6 x 4 trailer load of soil $40.00
Seedlings and seeds $60.00
I already have basic garden tools and gloves so if you don’t have these you will need to factor them in.
Small garden spade
A stick to make holes for the seedlings
Companion planting book. I recommend ‘Companion Planting in Australia’ by Brenda Little.
An Astrological Calender and Moon Planting Chart.
A couple of other tips; I bought 20 bales of straw and made two garden beds one took 6 bales and the other took 8. Some straw was used on the bottom, as mentioned, but I can’t tell you how much because the other 6 bales fell apart while the kids played with them. They had a lot of fun, so I am not complaining.
Why I used straw bales for a border;it was easy, quick, cheap and did not require any carpentry skills. Also, I rent, and this means I do not have to dismantle garden beds if I need to move.
If you can afford to, get some extra bales for the children to play with. They are cheap, fun and can still be used later for mulch.
If you are unsure of the history of your land then have the soil tested for hazardous chemicals before building your garden. If the land is polluted then you can build this type of garden on a cement slab or other solid surface to prevent contamination from the soil.
Avoid having your vegetable patch near a busy road as this is another source of contamination. I have already mentioned neighbours and your house as possible sources of contamination.
If you have limited space, then look for high yield plants like lettuce and spinach. You can also get dwarf varieties of plants that don’t take up so much space.
MLM parents know how to network. So go meet those elderly neighbours in your area who are a great resource for what to grow, or talk with your elderly relatives.
Your local nursery should also be able to answer most of your questions. Don’t stop here if you feel you would like to know more, then research, research. But above all enjoy the experience.
Our Two straw Bale Garden Beds. We grew lettuces, chives, tomatoes, zucchinis, eggplants, beetroot, onions, spinach,and celery. In other beds I have strawberries, passionfruit, peas and beans. As well as some herbs.