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Self sufficiency is an inherently romantic notion. It conjures up images (at least in those of a certain age) of Tom and Barbara getting into all kinds of agricultural hijinks much to the chagrin of their aggressively middle class neighbours in The Good Life. There’s a Blitz / frontier spirit about the notion of living off your own land and lessening your reliance on a supply chain that continues to wreak havoc on the environment.
We all know that a vegan diet and lifestyle benefits the environment as growing plants requires a fraction of the space, water and resources required by animal agriculture. Nonetheless, not all vegan foods are equal in terms of environmental cost. Many people, especially nascent vegans find themselves dependent upon plant based meat substitutes to ease the transition. While this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction these are often packaged in non recyclable plastics and are made primarily of soy (which has its own environmental issues).
For those who are able and willing to make as much difference to the environment as possible in sustaining themselves and their families, growing your own vegetables and living primarily on whole foods is the way to go…
But for many this is easier said than done.
Good intentions alone don’t always grow great plants with high yields. It can be extremely dispiriting when after a huge amount of time, care and effort, your vegetable plants simply refuse to grow. Here are some reasons why your vegetables may not be growing and what you can do about it…
You aren’t planting properly
Agronomy is a fairly exact science. If you have the budget and the space you could opt for a mechanised agronomical solution from www.mkcoop.com but even if your budget won’t stretch that far a little knowledge goes a long way. Different crops have different needs in terms of how far apart they need to be spaced and how much room they need to grow. Once planted, you can’t expect the soil and the vegetables to do the heavy lifting for you. They still need a lot of TLC. The area needs to be well watered, kept free of weeds and in the case of creepers have a strong and stable infrastructure upon which they can grow.
You don’t know your soil well enough
The soil in many domestic gardens is probably not the most conducive to growing vegetables. The pH level of your soil as well as its density and the balance of clay and sand particulates can be very prohibitive to growth. The good news is that even stubborn soil can be altered to facilitate growth. If your veggies are yellowing or wilting prematurely the soil may be packed too tight for them to get the proper nutrients but a little aeration and irrigation can perk them right up.
You’re planting in the wrong spot or at the wrong time
Photosynthesis is your most powerful ally when growing your own food, and where and when you plant can play a huge part in the yields you can expect. Fruiting veggies need around 6-8 hours of sunlight a day for optimal growth while root vegetables can usually get by on 4-6.
If your garden only gets partial or filtered sunlight throughout the day this may impede what you’re able to grow. Green leafy vegetables, for example are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet and they can grow well in lightly shaded areas.
With a little knowledge and persistence you can be on the way to a happy, healthy and sustainably fed family.
What do you grow in your garden? Let me know in the comments!
Do you need to make a change in your life? Don’t worry, most of us do. But it’s the degree of change we need to make that makes the decisions hard, and that can vary from person to person as well. Even giving up a morning coffee is going to make some changes to how easy it is for you to get out of bed, so never underestimate the amount of courage you’re using!
Often enough, being happy means we need to improve our lifestyle habits, and that takes some courage, whether the change you need is big or small. And this post is here to remind you you’re absolutely capable of taking any of these steps, as long as you want to make a difference. So here’s some tips for staying on track for sprinkling a lot more health and happiness into your household.
Find Someone to Keep You Responsible
The best way to make sure you’re keeping to a promise you’ve made to yourself is to have someone else hold you accountable for any decisions you make along the way. Someone you trust, who you know won’t budge to give you an easy ride, someone who wants the best for you and knows this is the only way to get that.
Have a regular meetup or check in with this person to prove you’re making progress, and to also keep your needs on their mind to make sure they never forget to send you a text during hard moments. Be honest with them, and always tell them everything you got up to, even if you think it didn’t matter in the long run. The devil’s in the details after all!
Tackling a Bad Habit
Bad habits plague most of us, and they impact our health and happiness in different ways. Sometimes it’s not washing your face and being spotty as a result, and sometimes it’s not eating the right foods often enough. Either way, a bad habit is going to be doing something to your body that you’re probably not going to like.
But there’s plenty of resources, both paid and free, out there for you to use when it comes to tackling something that’s become an integral part of your lifestyle. Even when you think a habit of yours isn’t bad enough, sometimes a trip to an alcohol rehab is going to be the best idea you’ve had in a while. Make sure you take all avenues of help available to you up on their offer, as it’s the best guarantee you’re going to be able to keep taking these big steps towards a good change.
Remember, changing your life is never done in a day, so you have to be able to work towards the difference you want to see. And there’s a lot you’re going to have to do, so get yourself ready and don’t let yourself delay any longer!
If you are finding it hard to switch off at night or if you are having a hard time saying to yourself that it’s time to just relax then you really are not alone. Hundreds of people go through this every single day, and it’s not a nice feeling at all. If you want to put an end to this then you can find out everything you need to know, right here.
You’re Reading on a Tablet
If you are in bed and you are trying to relax and really take in some calming literature before you drift off then you could actually be doing the opposite of what you want. The main reason for this is because when you read on a screen, such as a kindle or even an iPad, the light can disrupt your sleep and it can also make relaxing a bit of a nightmare. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try and read in bed at all, but it does mean that you should try and opt for a paperback version of the book instead, as this will work wonders for those restless nights. You can also visit sites such as www.nextdaycbd.co.uk to see if they can help you with any purchase you need to make.
You Think About Relaxing Too Much
The more you think about something, the more worn-out you feel. The same can be applied to relaxation. The more pressure you put on yourself to try and be calm, the more pressure you put yourself under and this can cause even more stress in general. If you want to avoid all of this then one thing that you can do is try not to think about relaxing too much. If the time arises, take a good 5 minutes for yourself, but if it doesn’t then don’t actively seek it out. This will cause you way less stress and you may find that you end up relaxing more as a result.
You Try Too Hard to Please Other People
If you have your boss constantly breathing down your neck trying to get you to do things or if you know that you have deadlines to meet then this may stop you from being able to switch-off. This is completely understandable and sometimes the pressures from work really can get too much. If you want to stop all of this then you really do need to accept the fact that you cannot please everyone. You also need to learn how to say no to your boss or any superiors that you have, as this will really lessen the amount of stress that you are under and it will also make it much easier for you to really be able to relax when night time comes along.
So there are so many reasons why you are not able to relax at night, but by taking the time to really understand them you can be sure to turn things around for yourself.