I had to laugh when I saw this image and its reference to an ‘unsightly back yard!’ It was in the Washington Times Magazine Section April 29, 1906, listing Facts & Figures on how much you can save by gardening. They spoke of how it ‘enter[s] the mind every spring and summer,’ and, of course, here today in SoCal in the Fall as well when ‘winter’ planting is late August to October! Perfect timing to have come across this at a season change planting time!
You gotta see the before and after images, check out historical thinking and process, how gardening was different then and yet the same as today! See a large readable image here.(5.2MB)
So how about it?! LOL! Do you have an unsightly back yard that could be converted? And how hard would it be to do that?!
1 Cost of your time – Gain of outdoor communion with the sky, the earth, plants and creatures – soil organisms, tiny, furry, scaly, feathered, amazing insects
2 Some sore muscles? Maybe. Overall health improves, for some dramatically! The freshest from garden to table. No plastics, no food miles pollution. Likely some morning dew on your feet….
3 Purchase tools, gloves, soil builders, seeds, transplants. The organic veggies return will more than pay for those in one season. You get to make great new friends at the nursery!
4 Yes, there will be wins and losses, some losses inexplicable. But, oh, the satisfaction! Proud of your harvests, your heart feels happy to share your bounty with friends, loved ones, and if enough, donate.
5 There is some daily care that makes sense. Things grow better that way. A little water, weed pulling, this and that. For many it’s like a quiet time after work, a meditation. But no over watering!
One of the gardeners in the Times article produced so much she and her children sold their extra at market and paid their 1906 taxes on their home with that income!
If the unsightly backyard doesn’t call you, what about that unsightly front yard?!