Reasons to grow your own food
My sense is that the health problems associated with glyphosate are less about the product itself, and more about how it is being used.
When Monsanto, the developers of glyphosate, argue for its safety, that it could be drunk without harm, and that it degrades quickly in the environment, then people can be expected to trust those pronouncements.
If you need to use this hazardous chemical, then taking precautions will reduce the risk to you and your children’s health.
Of course, there is no risk from using glyphosate when you grow your own food.
That is the topic of the third series of classes starting in Pukekohe on Wednesday, April 11.
The GYOF (Grow Your Own Food) starts with a microscope exploration of the microbes in your soils.
We’ll see the difference between sterile but mineral-rich Pukekohe clay, and high organic content soils.
Yes, we’ll see the bacteria and fungi that are the basis of highly productive soils.
And then we’ll look at the practical things any food gardener can do to improve their soil.
In week two, we’ll look at the plants for your soils, the use of seeds versus seedlings, and we will prepare a planting plan.
Then we’ll explore water needs and protecting our plants from sun, wind and animals.
Dealing to pest and diseases using organic practices will follow.
Finally, we’ll bring all these things together in a session on creating your own no-dig garden, just in time for a late autumn garden to be established at home. A beginners Grow Your Own Food course runs at Pukekohe’s St Andrews Church hall on Wednesday evenings, starting April 11 and running for six weeks. Cost is $60. Please leave your name and contact number at 09 238 7228.
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