Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Food Garden Metamorphosis


My food garden continues to evolve. The first photo was two years ago, just before the first paw paw trees were planted, the second last October and the third today, about two months later.

We have just had our driest November for almost a hundred years but inspite of this weather the tropical plants such as okra, cassava, coco yam and taro continue to grow quickly with the increasing heat.

All these are new plantings for me and an experiment in `survival foods' for a changing planet.

The links I have used in this blog post I will be using to extend my knowledge of these plants and to assist with their growing, harvesting and cooking.

Below are two further tropical additions to my garden,  African Spinach and Yacon.

It does feel quite confronting learning to grow and eat these new plants but they are tasty foods able to survive in an uncertain climate and provide a wide range of nutritional needs.

Yacon for example stores carbohydrates in the form of inulin rather glucose. This creates a food with a very low glycemic index and few calories that is great for both diabetic and dieters.

The Yacon Tubers also contains a balance of 20 amino acids, are high in potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron, and 0.4 to 2.2 percent protein. Dried yacon tubers provides a healthy alternative to potato chips.

It is a learning curve, but gradually am beginning to grow what I hope will be ongoing supply of healthy, nutritious and organic food for an uncertain climate.

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Dard said...

Good Post....Our land massively degraded, our poles wobbling and disintegrating from climate change, and our national and global economies in the midst of immense metamorphosis. These are catastrophic cries from the land. In measured response to the context of our environment and our economy, thousands of urban and suburban community gardens and farms have taken root in North America over the last 15-20 years.
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eileeninmd said...

Great post, I am so glad your garden has survived the drought. You must have the green thumb. Lovely photos, have a great day.

Arija said...

Hats off to you for your efforts. I fully believe is self-sustainability regardless of the climate you live in, it is possible to grow enough for a family on any small suburban block.

Andrea said...

You are very good in gardening, as your plants look so healthy. I am looking for your area, but can't find. You seem to be succeeding in mostly tropical crops we have all of them here. Have you heard of soursop? My friends who were CA victims too eat a lot of the fruit and put the leaves in water to drink the water after a few hours. Take care, healing comes from the change in lifestyle and you are in the right path. God bless.

Tootsie said...

Once again I am just loving the tour of all the gardens that have linked in to my little party! I am so excited to visit each and every post...they are all so inspiring and I am NEVER disappointed! The creative gardens and colorful displays that I am lucky to see are inspirations that I would never have found had I not found each of the gardeners I see online! Thank you so much for sharing your garden with my Friday Flaunt this week...I do hope you will link in again soon!
This post is being shared on my Tootsie Time Facebook page too just so you are aware.
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NellJean said...

Your garden is thriving, congratulations on a great effort.

Squirrels destroyed my lettuces this week. Watch out for pests.

Rambling Woods said...

It is so ironic that parts of the US were so historically dry and other parts washed away..I am glad you garden survived...I am going to be starting a no wheat and no dairy diet to see if it can improve some of my GI issues.....