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This is What Happens When You Decide To Create Your Own Food Security - Grow Food, Not Lawns. If you’re fed up reading labels in the grocery store trying to find some real food that won’t kill you, I feel your pain. Not to worry, there is a solution and it’s awesome.

The truth is, you don’t need to depend on food corporations or the government to keep you healthy. Why would you want to anyways? All you need is a bit of space (provided you don’t live in a cave, in which case you’d have to settle on button mushrooms). Even if you have a small apartment or a small yard you can still grow quite a bit of food. This used to be a lawn. It started with eight 6’x4′ raised beds with 1″x10″x10′ reclaimed redwood barn siding. The beds were lined with cardboard, sprayed down with a hose, and then filled with fresh compost. Many seeds were sown directly, some were germinated in a backyard hoop cloche. Setting up an irrigation system might be a little extra work, but it sure paid off quick! The pathways were covered in cardboard and wood chips. Some beautiful arugula came first. Tomatillos.