Monday, April 2, 2012

What is Paleo Gardening

As I talked about in my introduction to this blog, the "grow" in EAT LIVE GROW stands for growing mentally and spiritually, but it also stands for physically growing some of the food you eat. (Image from

We stay away from processed foods because we want to have more control over what we put into our bodies and we want to go back to eating what our ancestors ate.  A lot of people in the Paleo community think that when man decided to grow his food that meant grains.  

I don't think it was that simple.  Man has also grown a lot of other things throughout the ages - things that are part of the Paleo way of eating - and there is no reason why we can't go back to doing this again. So that's why I think we need to not only concentrate on Paleo Eating but also on Paleo Gardening.

Paleo Gardening is organic gardening expanded.  In organic gardening the emphasis is on growing plants for food as naturally as possible without the use of pesticides.  Paleo Gardening expands that definition to include not just plants for food but plants for health as well.  

Our ancestors didn't have drugs and all the other medical interventions we have today, so a lot of how they kept themselves healthy was to use natural remedies.  Today, even though we tend to think drugs are all chemical concoctions from some laboratory, they in fact are often based on old remedies that have worked for years.  Learning how to use some of these ourselves can save us money and also again give us more control over what we put into and on our bodies.

I want to make it clear that I always recommend seeking your doctor's advice when you have a medical problem.  But I also think that educating yourself on what other options are available can be very useful when you are trying to make an informed decision on methods of treatment

So back to how I envision Paleo Gardening .....

It's gardening that incorporates the best of the past with the best of the present. It's gardening that doesn't use modern chemicals but that does use other modern techniques that have been developed to make gardening easier and more efficient.

It's gardening that makes use of natural systems.  Earthworms are encouraged to till the earth, bees to pollinate the flowers, and birds to entertain us with their beauty and song and keep the bug population under control. You'll see bird houses and bird baths in home vegetable gardens, because a garden with no living creatures probably doesn't have edible plants in it either.

Paleo gardening is also ecologically sound.  The waste of resources is discouraged, and composting makes use of all the leftovers, while recycled wood makes great raised beds and walkways.

And when you think of Paleo gardening, you want to think of all the different ways that what you produce can be helpful for your health.  The culinary use of herbs and plants is just one of the many areas that were explored by ancient cultures.  Medicinal, cosmetic, meditative - all these are areas of lifestyle that use the bounty from your garden.

 Paleo is not just a way of eating but a way of living,  and Paleo gardening is not just a way to grow food but a way to grow all the various plants and herbs that can benefit your lifestyle as a whole.

So in these posts I will be writing about ...
  • The different gardening systems that lend themselves to Paleo gardening
  • Planning, building, maintaining and harvesting your garden 
  • Herbs, vegetables and fruits that you can grow, their benefits to your health, and tips on how to grow them
  • Ways other than cooking that you can use your harvest to promote health and well being

There are many gardening websites and blogs that contain detailed instructions for specific techniques and duplicating this information is really a waste of time.  What I will give you here will be some quick summaries to give you the basic idea, and then lots of links where you can find specific information when you want to explore the subject further.  

I want you to be able to find the information you need quickly and easily so you can spend less time researching and more time actually gardening instead.

I also want to show that regardless of where you live, gardening in some form is available to everyone.

Some organic gardens are huge, but they don't have to be. With just the most modest plot of land you can have a garden.

You can also have quite a successful garden on a patio or balcony.

You can even have a garden on a windowsill if that's all you have.  With just a few pots and a little daily sunshine you can have fresh, home grown pesticide free herbs for your Paleo home cooked dishes.

For a lot of people, this is a great place to start. And even if it's all you do, you will still be able to enjoy the thrill of watching something grow. Something healthy that you know will add to your body's health, not detract from it.

Regardless of what size of garden you choose, start and then see how it goes.  There are lots of choices when it comes to what you can grow all the way up to fruit trees, and many, even in this day and age of easily obtained food choose to grow all their own food.    You don't need to go to that extreme, but even a small pot of home grown tomatoes basking in the sunshine on your balcony will add immensely to your summer salads.

And finally I want to inspire you to find your green thumb, and to discover the pleasures of participating in the amazing life producing and life affirming process that is Paleo gardening, and to that end each week I will give you a look at some beautiful gardens that others have created.

"Almost any garden, if you see it at just the right moment, can be confused with paradise."
                                                                                                                            - Henry Mitchell

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1 comment:

  1. Great share!

    Gardening is my passion and profession both and I love to grab more and more information about it. I always keep exploring new ideas and things related to gardening.

    Keep sharing! I would surely look forward!


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