An Open Letter to My Neighbors Regarding Drought and My Dead, Weedy Lawn

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Dear Neighbors,

Hello! My name is Jonathan Kim and I have been living at the house on the corner of _____ and _____ since December 2011. I had previously lived in an apartment just two blocks from my current location, and I am very glad that I decided to stay in this terrific neighborhood.

Many of you may know my house, a handsome Steinkamp, by its front lawn, which I largely stopped watering and tending close to two years ago, first allowing the grass to grow long, then mowing it and allowing weeds to grow. On several occasions, some of you (sometimes repeatedly) have asked me in person or by anonymous letter about the state of my front yard, when I will develop it into something more attractive, and when those plans will be acted on. A few of your comments have been sympathetic, some have been angry, but all have been insistent. I thought I would write this to address your concerns collectively.

First, please know that I very much sympathize with your stance. I’m sure that because of what I’ve allowed my front yard to become, you must think of me as a nightmare of a neighbor. I also realize that my opinions on lawns and yards (which I’ll explain) are extremely difficult to sympathize with for the vast majority of Americans, including my parents. I understand that none of you are demanding that I install a water-wasting lawn, but simply that I do some form of landscaping, or at least cut the weeds and more frequently pick up the trash that gets caught in them. And I hope you believe me that all of those things are coming soon and will hopefully be completed well before the end of the year (I’ll explain this later as well).

I realize that my dead, weedy front yard is a great source of annoyance for many of you that you face on a daily basis. I am truly sorry for your consternation, and I hope when my front yard is finally completed that I can win back your good will. Please believe me that I take no joy from your scorn.

However, I am willing to accept your scorn in order to do what I feel is right during this historic, extreme, and potentially long-lasting drought that has engulfed California and much of the American West. While I know that my dead, weedy lawn is far from popular, I hope you will continue reading to learn why my decision for it to be that way is not thoughtless.

 

A Recent History of My Lawn

As you may recall, when my house was being prepared for sale in 2011, the previous owners covered the front and back yards with fresh green turf. This was their decision, not mine. But having been convinced (like most Americans) that it was my civic duty and responsibility to have a lush, green lawn in order to maintain appearances in my neighborhood as well as interpersonal harmony with my neighbors, I decided to swallow my objections and continued the watering and landscaping regimen the previous owners had set.

I soon learned how the previous owners had kept the lawn so green — copious amounts of expensive water on a near-daily basis. So over the past two years, I experimented with some options like reducing watering, spot watering, and going off a regular mowing schedule to allow the grass to grow longer between cuts, thus shading the ground and preserving moisture. Personally, I loved the look of this long grass, which I felt made my house in the middle of Los Angeles appear as if it was sitting in a grassy country meadow.

I know many of you did not share my views on the long grass. And I will be the first to admit that the grass eventually got longer than I wanted it to (over 3 feet high in some places) since my irregular landscaping requests complicated my working relationship with my gardener, especially since my lack of Spanish led to my having to communicate with him through a less-than-reliable English-speaking family member. However, I am happy to say that when the long grass in my front yard was finally mowed, I was able to dry and eventually use the grass in my backyard vegetable garden as mulch and to fill my planter boxes for a process called sheet mulching. This dry grass lasted me for over a year, contributing to my eventually being able to grow roughly 70% of my produce — an accomplishment I take great pride in.

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Bountiful chard, broccoli, and spinach in my backyard garden

Having let the long grass drop the next season’s worth of seed before it was mowed, I was eager to repeat the process and augment it with California native wildflowers from seeds I scattered before the first rain. I hoped that the winter/spring rains would be enough for another productive crop of grass.

But instead of rain, what followed in 2013-2014 was by far the driest “rainy” season I had ever experienced during my more than 30 years living in California. The rain simply, persistently did not come in a way that became truly mindboggling. The idea that Los Angeles would receive only one quarter of its average rainfall (after 2011 and 2012’s well-below-average rainfalls) seemed outlandish — almost funny — and was made darker by our collective inability to do anything about it. Prayers for rain continue to go unanswered.

 

Living With Drought

I moved to California when I was three years old and have spent most of my life here in some level of drought mindset. I remember as a child my mother telling me that I would no longer be taking baths due to drought conditions and the associated rise in water prices, and I have been committed to conserving water ever since. But there was something about that virtually rainless 2013-2014 rain season that scared and shook me more deeply and profoundly than the previous two years of drought, or any other drought years in my lifetime. And the fact that some California towns are being forced to truck in water and eventually may have to be abandoned, along with recent research indicating that historical precipitation trends amplified by global warming may lead to this drought persisting for the foreseeable future as the “new normal”, leaves me fearing for the state I love so much.

With this fear and the idea imprinted on my brain from childhood that a lack of resources requires changes in behavior, the decision to stop watering my lawn and leave my front yard to nature was a relatively easy one, despite the scorn I knew it would attract. But in the face of California’s terrifying drought, that scorn is a consequence I’m willing to accept.

But by not watering my lawn, I learned that some plants could make do with the paltry precipitation they received. In areas that could retain more moisture due to shade from trees, a carpet of clover (an excellent soil improver) appeared with vibrant yellow flowers that bloomed in the spring. And as the weather got hotter and drier, the “weeds” (mostly dandelion and prickly lettuce) took over. “Weeds” is in quotes since, as a gardener with Master Gardener training, I am aware that there is scientifically no such thing as a weed. A “weed” is simply the name humans assign to a plant that is growing where a human does not want it to grow.

By that logic, since I take no offense to the “weeds” growing on my front yard, they are not weeds. And to be honest, I’ve been impressed and have come to admire these hardy plants that can flourish to such impressive heights with so little water. These are the opportunistic plants that are adapted to these conditions and help improve the soil by anchoring, drawing nutrients from deeper in the ground so they can be accessed nearer to the surface, while creating pathways for water and organic matter to penetrate. What’s more, dandelions and prickly lettuce are both edible — the Latin name for dandelion, taraxacum officinale, actually translates to “official remedy for disorders”! Some of you may have seen me picking prickly lettuce for my morning smoothies. If those “weeds” want and are able to grow under such inhospitable conditions, sometimes up to six feet tall, I’m inclined to let them.

 

Waste In A Time of Scarcity

What people feel is attractive or ugly is extremely subjective and is heavily influenced by the status quo and dogmatic thinking, both of which mean little to me. As I said, I know that my stance is extremely unsympathetic and perhaps unrelatable. But to bolster my point about the subjective nature of visual attractiveness, I would like to tell you what I see when I come across a lush green lawn.

In light of the ways this historic drought is ravaging California and what global warming portends for the state’s future, I believe that all of us — as well as future generations — will look back ruefully on the decades we’ve spent pouring potable water onto lawns, wasting so much of our most valuable and essential resource that it drenched our sidewalks, evaporated in the sun, or spilled into gutters so it could be emptied into the ocean. We will wonder how anyone could have thought that a green, largely useless lawn was worth so much needless suffering. I’ve spent enough time walking my dog through the surrounding neighborhoods to know that the overwhelming majority of lawns never have children playing on them or people sitting on them. Our most precious resource is being wasted so people can look at a green outdoor carpet.

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How can people waste this much water on a lawn during an historic drought?

Because of that, I can honestly say that seeing a green lawn in Los Angeles during this extreme drought fills me with anger bordering on disgust at the irresponsible and morally/environmentally indefensible wasting of our most precious and increasingly scarce resource. While I admit that there’s something vaguely pleasurable about the sight of a green lawn and its inoffensive uniformity, it is frustrating and incomprehensible to me that anyone would value (debatable) aesthetics over the ability for themselves and others to continue living in Southern California with a semblance of normalcy. It’s as rational to me as destroying medicine in the midst of an epidemic.

This drought we are in is no joke and is already radically altering California’s environment. It’s even causing parts of California to sink! As we speak, reservoirs are drying up, aquifers that feed wells are quickly being sucked dry, and groundwater is being used faster than it can be replenished. This is impacting the lives of millions of our fellow Californians, some of whom live in towns where bottled water is their only recourse. Farmers and businesses that rely on water and precipitation (skiing, boating, rentals, etc.) are laying off employees or going bankrupt, as are the ancillary businesses that rely on the tourists those activities bring (restaurants, tourist shops, hotels, etc.). I am honestly having a difficult time imagining what California will be like if these exceptional drought conditions continue for even two more years, let alone longer.

If you accept that California is enduring its worst drought in recorded history (and you should), how can you justify dumping thousands of gallons of water on a lawn every year? I am yet to hear one convincing argument for why a green lawn trumps conservation during a drought, most likely since none exist that could justify such wanton waste for something so insignificant. I would not burn food in front of starving people simply because I like the color of the flames. Besides, the existence of lawns should not be seen as a given since they are actually a vestige of mid/late-1800s thinking that believed that orderly front lawns were needed to combat the slovenliness of the American landscape, while also serving as a reaction to the walled-in estate lawns of the British. If you want to learn more about the history of lawns, I’d suggest reading Michael Pollan’s excellent essay “Why Mow? The Case Against Lawns”.

And it now seems that California’s government agrees with my concerns, having passed new laws limiting how often and how much homeowners can water their lawns and issuing fines for violators. In my opinion, these new restrictions don’t go nearly far enough, most likely due to political cowardice and fear of angering lawn-loving homeowners. I hope the state government will soon approve more stringent restrictions on water usage, including big price hikes for heavy users, but I assume this will happen in coming months as food prices rise, more towns go dry, and the effects of the drought become impossible to deny, even for city dwellers. Along with letting my lawn die, I am doing my part to conserve water in a number of ways: reusing the water I use washing produce to water my garden, turning off the water while I lather myself during showers, reducing my toilet flushes, etc. In addition, I am making use of LADWP’s service for reporting violations of the new water restrictions (find out LADWP’s phase 2 water restrictions and how to report water waste here).

 

Planning For A Dry Future

You may have noticed that I have recently had the tall weeds in my front yard removed. I hope the lawn will remain weed-free until I can have it landscaped with drought-resistant plants, California wildflowers, and xeriscaping that will require little or no additional water once the plants are established. I have drawn up plans and am currently in consultation with a landscaping company, though delays on their end have prevented me from moving forward as quickly as I would like. However, I would like to have all of the landscaping in place to take advantage of any autumn and winter rains, with the goal of having the job completed by Thanksgiving or earlier.

I hope this answers any questions and clears up whatever concerns you may have about my front yard. And if you haven’t already, I would like to strongly urge all of you who have lawns to replace them with drought-tolerant landscaping, which can be quite beautiful, is a more accurate reflection of Southern California’s native flora and climate, and will support native birds and insects. And I’m sure you’ll also appreciate the savings on your water bill, which will only grow if the drought continues and water prices rise.

And if you can’t afford a major landscaping job right now, I’d like to strongly encourage you to simply let your lawn die. Hopefully you will find it as liberating as I did to be free of the endless, environmentally-unfriendly, money-wasting cycle of watering, mowing, seeding, and fertilizing a lawn that you have probably never even sat on. You may get some dirty looks from some neighbors (as I did), but despite what many would have you believe, your front yard is your own and you don’t owe its maintenance to anyone. I don’t believe that a dead lawn is a fire hazard, nor does it seem to be hampering the rise in property values.

In fact, I believe having a dead lawn during this drought should be a badge of honor, proof that you are a responsible Californian who cares about the well-being of your fellow Californians and the future of this wonderful state. If you simply can’t stand the idea of a brown lawn, you can always replace your grass with astroturf or hire a company to paint your lawn green with environmentally-friendly paint, which is becoming an increasingly popular option.

We all must take drastic measures to reduce our water usage immediately. Otherwise, looking at a neighbor’s dead, weedy lawn will be the least of your worries. It will simply be another feature of California’s new normal.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Kim

Cleaner Streams and the #1 Blogging Cliché

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I know, it’s one of the biggest blogging clichés in the book: the blog that starts out quickly, then ends just as quickly — usually when the blogger realizes that writing a good post once a week (along with fulfilling other obligations) is harder than it seems. So I apologize for the disappearance and will try to improve my short blogging game, while also delivering a longer essay every once in a while. I’ve actually been working on one about lawns for a while and it will hopefully be posted soon. I don’t enjoy being a cliché :-(.

That said, there’s been some good news on the environmental front: there’s been a sharp decrease in the amounts of dangerous pesticides found in America’s agricultural waterways! From the NY Times:

From 1992 to 2001, 17 percent of agricultural streams and 5 percent of other streams contained at least one pesticide whose average annual concentration was above the maximum contaminant level for drinking water. But in the second decade, from 2002 to 2011, the survey found dangerous pesticide concentrations in only one stream nationwide.

And what caused this decline? Republicans’ favorite boogeyman that they keep being wrong about: increased regulation.

The decline occurred in part because manufacturers introduced new pesticides that are less toxic or require smaller applications than older compounds. Much of it was driven by regulatory actions that canceled or restricted the use of particularly hazardous pesticides like dieldrin and lindane.

Republicans always claim that regulations will put companies out of business. But what usually happens is that those businesses, given enough time and incentive to comply, simply adapt. What businesses really hate is uncertainty — if you tell them what they need to do far enough in advance, they’ll make the needed adjustments so they’re ready to sell products that comply with the regulations. Republicans act like businesses are the greatest, smartest, most righteous force in the world capable of solving any problem, yet will simply wither and die in the face of ANY new regulations, regardless of the good those regulations could do for average Americans.

But don’t break out the party hats just yet…

While human-health hazards declined over 20 years, the share of streams whose pesticide levels posed a potential threat to aquatic life remained mostly steady: Between 60 and 70 percent of agricultural streams and roughly 45 percent of streams in mixed-use areas, registered levels above the benchmark for potential harm to aquatic life.

Urban streams — the survey monitored 30 — were the glaring exception. There, the proportion of streams with pesticide levels above the aquatic-life benchmark soared from 53 percent in the first decade to 90 percent in the second, even as other pesticides were phased out.

Read the article to find out why, as well as experts’ belief that stream pollution is probably worse than we think since the survey didn’t measure for all pesticides. In any case, it’s a good reminder that we shouldn’t be complacent. We need to be vigilant and active and demand strict regulations on dangerous chemicals until humans and animals can enjoy America’s waterways, whether they’re in the country or flowing through our cities.

More Quotes From ‘Walden’

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Finally getting towards the end of Walden! I mentioned in my last quote post that I’m not a very good book reader (I lean more towards articles), so Walden has been a bit of a slog since it’s a fairly difficult read. But I definitely relate to Thoreau’s love and enthusiasm for the natural world and living simply, as well as many of his criticisms of civilization and modern society. It makes me wish that I had read Walden and been inspired by it before I began my time living as a ranch hand in Los Alamos, CA — it probably would’ve inspired me to do more journaling of my thoughts and observations, though I’m sure my own thoughts on living simply and connection with nature weren’t nearly as refined as Thoreau’s.

It’s important to note that while Thoreau was definitely in a natural environment living near Walden Pond, his hut was neither remote nor isolated. Thoreau lived just two miles from the town of Concord and visited there a few times a week, and people often visited the pond or stopped at his hut as they were passing through. I guess I find this interesting because it shows that you don’t need to be deep in isolated wilderness to feel distanced from society where one can gain new perspectives on both nature and civilization. I know that gardening in the middle of a major city has affected the way I look at collaborating with nature instead of trying to dominate it — and with a campfire going in my backyard on a moonlit night, sometimes I feel like I’m back on the ranch. You really don’t need much nature to reap its many benefits.

So with that, more quotes!  Continue reading

When Life Gives Your Neighbor Lemons, Ask For Some

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While on my daily dog walks, I noticed a house a block north of me that has a Meyer lemon tree in its front yard. In case you didn’t know, orange-gold Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange that are originally from China and are primarily found in California and other citrus-growing regions. Meyers are much beloved at farmers markets and prized by chefs for their increased sweetness, lack of acidity, and their abundance of juice, though they often aren’t stocked in grocery stores since their thin skins make them difficult to transport and store. Passing the house several times, it was clear that the family living in the house was not picking these lemons — the branches were sagging with lemons and some had fallen on the ground. I’ve recently become a big fan of hot water with lemon juice both for its taste, health benefits, and because I’m apparently a gajillion years old, so I very much wanted some of these delicious lemons, but I didn’t know these neighbors at all.

People have been saying for years that the concept of the neighborhood is dying and that people increasingly don’t know or feel any connection to their neighbors. Growing up, my mom was very friendly with all the families in a three-house radius — but when those families moved away, they were usually replaced by neighbors who didn’t seem interested in getting to know the families around them. I’m sure my mom reached out to them, but instead of becoming neighbors who my family could socialize with and depend on, they became mysterious strangers whose lives my mom could only piece together through chance observations.

The conventional wisdom now is that people want to be left alone with their computers and huge televisions. Being friendly with your neighbors is a great perk, but it’s definitely considered optional, and I’m pretty bad about it myself. Neighbor relations now mostly seem to fall into the realms of measured indifference, uneasy truce, or outright antagonism, where one of the best possibilities is having a neighbor you don’t ever deal with for any number of potential neighborly indignities like noise, endless and/or inconsiderate construction, ugly/lacking landscaping (which I have been chastised for), etc.

I wanted those wonderful Meyers, but I was reluctant to ask, even though it was apparent that the lemons weren’t being used. After all, people want to be left alone, right? I kept walking by, envious of all those lemons and confused at the thought of what type of person would let such prizes go to waste.

So on at least two occasions, I stole lemons. Continue reading

Bottles, Bins, and Funnels: Gardening in a Drought With Water You Waste

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(I originally posted this on Huffington Post and was surprised when it earned over 1,200 Facebook Likes, which is more than anything else I’ve ever written.)

I currently live in Los Angeles and have lived in California for most of my life, so I’m used to living with drought. I still remember as a small kid when my mom explained to me that I would now be taking showers instead of baths due to a lack of rain, embedding in me the idea that changing personal habits is a necessary and expected response to scarcity. However, one thing I’m loathe to give up today is my garden, where I grow roughly 80 percent of my produce. Gardening is one of the great joys in my life, particularly since it addresses practically every topic I care deeply about — environmentalism, health, sustainability, connection to the land, and anti-corporatism to name a few. I find it relaxing, meditative, and endlessly fascinating, and I’m not willing to give it up.

The drought currently gripping California is the worst in the state’s recorded history, and even though water rates haven’t gone up (as they should), I still wanted to find ways to compensate for the water that goes into my garden. So I began looking for ways to offset my garden water usage, and to my surprise, found a simple way to provide nearly 100 percent of the water I need for my garden using water that would otherwise go to waste. What’s more, it doesn’t require installing a greywater system or any complicated or expensive equipment.

All I needed were bottles, bins, and funnels, and that’s all I need to garden in an historic drought without guilt, the usage of additional water, or a higher water bill. Even more surprising is that I hardly had to change my behavior at all to accomplish this. Could it really be so easy?

I looked at all the times when the most water went down the drain in my house, and found that the three most common points were at the shower, the kitchen sink, and the toilet. Other than reducing my flushes and using a low-flow model, there wasn’t much water savings to be found at the toilet, so I went at the shower and kitchen sink with my bottles, bins, and funnels — and in the process learned a lot more about how I use (and waste) water. Continue reading

Garden Journal ep.1: Crate Planter Boxes

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As mentioned earlier, these Garden Journal entries will be recounting my efforts to turn my grassy backyard into an organic vegetable garden from 2013 to 2014 using discarded/found materials as much as possible. So let’s get started with the first order of business: where to put the plants.

March 10, 2013

I had always planned on gardening using planter boxes. The main advantages of using planter boxes are:

  1. Controlling what soil you’re filling the boxes with, making it easier to avoid polluted or undesirable soil (too rocky, sandy, too much clay, etc.).
  2. Keeps your garden looking tidy and geometric.
  3. Reduces the potential for soil compaction since people (or pets) won’t accidentally walk in your planter boxes.
  4. Promotes healthy water drainage.
  5. Easy to make.
  6. No digging required.

Reason #4 isn’t a big deal in Southern California since we hardly get any rain, especially in these crazy drought conditions. Actually, in places that don’t get much rain, planting in indentations in the ground is recommended to help funnel and accumulate moisture around your plants. However, this would also necessitate a lot of digging (to loosen the soil) and dealing with whatever my dirt was like, which is probably hard, compacted, and possibly polluted from decades of car exhaust and fertilizers. And it’s not like using planter boxes is a bad thing to do in drier climates. For me, using planter boxes was an easy decision.

With my goal to use found/discarded materials as much as possible in my garden, I was nicely surprised to see how easy it was to find scrap wood, even in a big city like Los Angeles. People would often leave large pieces of wood by the sidewalks outside their homes that they wanted to throw away, especially if they were too big to fit in their garbage cans. I just had to keep my eyes open for wood when I was driving or walking my dog around the neighborhood.  Continue reading

Quotes, Starting With ‘Walden’

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For this blog (and my own education) I’m hoping to chip away at my pile of books I’ve been meaning to read and re-read about agriculture, environmentalism, food issues, and health. I’m not the fastest book reader, but I’m hoping to tackle books by Wendell Berry, Rachel Carson, Wes Jackson, Michael Pollan, and more (any suggestions are welcome) and will post some of my favorite quotes.

I’m currently making my way through Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (or Life In the Woods), a book I’ve started several times but never finished. First published in 1854, Walden details Thoreau’s thoughts and observations from two years, two months, and two days he spent attempting to live simply in a small cabin next to Walden Pond two miles outside the town of Concord, Massachusetts. Wikipedia describes Walden as “part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance” as Thoreau, a transcendentalist, attempted to gain insight about himself, nature, and the ills of modern society through quiet introspection and a Spartan lifestyle in natural surroundings.

Some quotes from Walden:

“Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.”

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.”

You can actually visit Walden Pond on Google Maps!


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Also, Walden has become public domain, so you can download it for free from places like the iTunes Bookstore and Amazon for the Kindle.

Greetings From A Gentleman Farmer

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Welcome to the inaugural post of my blog, You Should Be Gardening! This blog will center around my experiences as an urban gardener (I prefer the term gentleman farmer) growing food at my home in Los Angeles in the Crestview neighborhood just north of Culver City. But You Should Be Gardening will be much more than a gardening journal — it will also be home to my thoughts on the importance of gardening, environmentalism, the next stages of the organic/sustainable movement, food issues, and politics in general, along with movie reviews and whatever else strikes me as particularly interesting, funny, or shareworthy. This blog will also document the beginning of a very exciting project that I plan to put into motion in a few months, but I’ll save that for a future post.

And me? My name is Jonathan Kim. This is what I look like.

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I’ve worked as a copywriter/hand model, a ranch hand, a waiter, an instructor, a video producer/activist, and a movie critic (which I still do now). I was never interested in gardening at all growing up, and even though I had access to a large garden and appreciated its bounty when I worked as a ranch hand in Santa Barbara County from 2003 to 2007, I was very much a spectator and not a participant. But living on the ranch sparked my interest in gardening, and after hearing Michael Pollan speak at UC Berkeley and reading his 2006 book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I finally — at the age of 30 — started thinking about where my food came from. I decided that I would look for every opportunity to grow my own food.

But it wasn’t until early 2013, two years after I moved in to a lovely Steinkamp home, that I began the process of starting my own garden, from the ground up. This is what my yard looked like in March of 2013. Part of this blog will be taking you back in time as I turned my backyard from this…

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Into this by April 2014…

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It was during this process — with a goal of using only found/discarded materials scavenged from construction sites and on the streets of my neighborhood — that I realized that gardening seemed to encompass nearly all of my interests and virtually everything I care about. Gardening is somehow able to combine health, anti-corporatism, anti-consumerism, food politics, independent living, philosophy, woodworking, conservation, nature, science, global warming, history, and my belief that most of our environmental issues can be solved with existing practices instead of pinning our hopes on future technologies. Gardening teaches me about humility, gratitude, abundance, interconnectedness, and generosity in an activity that I also find deeply calming, meditative, and therapeutic. At the same time, gardening provides me with the healthiest fresh food around through a practice that I find endlessly fascinating, where there is always room for improvement even though perfection will always remain unattainable.

That’s why I firmly believe that you should be gardening, in whatever form you have available to you. It may be too important not to — not just for yourself, but for your family, your community, your country, and your planet. It will not only change the way you look at the world, but also how you look at yourself.

I hope You Should Be Gardening gives you a look into how I view gardening and all the issues that surround and link to it, and that it maybe gives you some ideas. Or, at the very least, you just get a kick out of it. I plan to keep things pretty lively at You Should Be Gardening, so please continue to check in or get updates via your preferred method by following YSBG on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Thanks for reading,

Jonathan