If you knew you could grow your vegetables 12 months out of the year, would you do it? I sometimes chuckle at comments that remind me of the old saying “I can’t boil water!” I have heard everything from, “I can’t get anything to grow” to my favorite one, “I kill weeds I am that bad.” With the right setup and tools available, gardening CAN be for everyone!
Gardening does not need to be that difficult. It can be simple if the conditions are right. For a first time gardener there are many failed attempts followed by years of successful gardening. It takes time and patience and the ability to shrug off those failed attempts with “I will try again next year.” For the new generation that is not getting the same exposure our older generation received, there are ways to teach and promote a gardening life.
Many schools across the country are bringing gardening back with raised and elevated garden beds as well as hydroponic and aquaponic systems. Gardens are popping up all over the country in preschools to elementary schools to high schools. Even though the hydroponic and aquaponic systems offer a diverse way of growing vegetation without soil, I firmly believe we need to teach children to play in the dirt. Good soil is hard to come by and has been depleted due to high demands for food production. We take more nutrients out than what we put back. Helping our younger generation understand water and soil conservation as well as recycling nutrients such as composting is vital to our future food production. Many people do not have access to land to start and maintain a garden. With the Eco Garden System we bring the land to you. We recently set up a garden at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, MN. Our main goal is to teach by showing; learn by doing. We are hoping to bring this innovative piece of land to all educational facilities from preschools to universities.
The Eco Garden system will help students understand conserving water and preserving soil. The built in water reservoir helps save water usage, and the added soil can be used several seasons by composting and adding plant food. With this system, you control the quantity, the blend, and the nutrients of the soil as well as the amount of water needed. What’s in the soil is what’s in our bodies. Healthy vegetables mean healthy bodies. This system can teach easy gardening to any age group who has never planted a seed or for that matter seen it grow. I am sure you have heard it before, but, “If they grow it they will eat it!” The Eco garden system ensures anyone from preschool to late adulthood can learn and enjoy gardening.
Let us bring gardening to everyone!