Caveman, Caveman, How Does Your Garden Grow


Growing (some of) your own food, the third step of LiveCAVEMAN, is economical, easy, and fun.  Perhaps, mMore importantly, it is an opportunity to intimately connect with the living things that make up our meals.

Consuming whole foods, unprocessed meats, cooking meals for oneself, and generally caring about what goes in your mouth goes a long way towards dissolving the barrier between consumer and consumed that is propagated in our boxedfrozenpackaged food society.  Even so, it is sometimes easy to forget that something has to quite literally die in order for us to live.  

Caring for plants and animals, showing them respect and consideration, and then taking them into your body as nourishment, fulfills a cycle that has been going on since the dawn of time.

I'll be the first to admit, however, that I'm not ready to choke a chicken, so I figured that a little backyard garden plot would be a good first step.

With a $35 kit from Home Depot, about $10 worth of seeds, $10 in mature plants, and another $10 in compost/garden soil, my wife and I now have a perpetually regenerating salad bowl that has been providing us with all the herbs and greens that we need.  Soon, we will also be doing some of our vegetable shopping from our back yard.

In our 4ft x 4ft square, we have: mint, basil, rosemary, lettuce, mustard greens, broccoli, rainbow chard, acorn squash, Japanese eggplant, cucumber, carrots, and cauliflower.  
Think you need some help? Check out the appropriately named website UrbanGardeningHelp.com.

Do you have a garden or raise livestock?  If so, share some of your pics on the LiveCAVEMAN Flickr group!  If you aren't already on Flickr, creating an account only takes a few minutes and it is an easy way to store and share photos, videos, and more!




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About Tony Fed

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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