Rea­sons to grow your own food

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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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John Allen

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