How To Eat To Live: Grow Your Own Foods with an Indoor Garden
The health of our nation is the wealth of our nation! Therefore, if we are to build a sustainable community and movement, we must avoid poisoning ourselves with western diets at all costs!
A strong first step in moving towards our independence is learning to grow our own food. But for those of us who dont have the time or the talent, there are several solutions that you can use to do so.
Herbs are easy to grow and take up very little space. In fact, you can grow herbs on any countertop with the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Kit.
I first purchased this kit as a gift for a friend, but bought one of my own after I saw hers in full bloom. They look great, the plants purify the air of the room that they grow in by removing carbon dioxide and producing fresh oxygen, and the kit comes with 9 different non-gmo seeds. Here is a list of what you can grow with the kit:
- Thai Basil
- Curly Parsley
- Chilli peppers
- Chives Dill
- Mint leaves (my favorite)
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Salad greens
The kit is hydroponic, meaning the plants grow in water, not in soil. An LED light is also included so you dont have to worry about positioning your kit near a window. The light is programmed using a touch pad on the front of the pod, so you dont have to worry about adjusting the light yourself.
This system also grows your plants five times faster than soil and it works no matter how cold or hot it is outside. That means that as soon as you have eaten your crops, you will have new ones ready for harvest right behind them.
By growing your own herbs and vegetables indoors, you will save money and have fresh herbs and vegetables in arms reach. I love being able to make a salad with vegetables that I grew myself that I know are free of pesticides, GMOs and other toxins.
A potential downside to the Aero Garden is the price. At $248, it might be out of reach for some Brothers and Sisters. The company produced a smaller version that you can find here at a much lower price tag without the bells and whistles for those of you on a budget. But if you find yourself making frequent trips to the grocery store, this kit will save you more money over time than it costs.
Another downside is the size of crops that you are able to grow. If you are looking to grow larger vegetables like cucumbers and heirloom beefsteak tomatoes, you will need something a little more robust. That’s where the Hydrofarm comes in.
Put this in a corner and add rich humus soil and water to the reservoir (this is a self watering system). Avoid using soil from your backyard or urban areas, since lead and toxins from cars and old homes can seep in.
There are actually hundreds of different products on the market that will let you build an indoor garden. Here are some that I have personally tried and liked:
- Vertical Wall Planter
- 5 Tier Stackable Strawberry, Herb, Flower, and Vegetable Planter
- Zen Micro Garden Cylinder System
Independence is one of the most important values that we Pan-Africans share. Growing our own food is yet another way for us to escape a system that has poisoned us both directly and indirectly. Your health is your wealth, and the strength of our nation depends on you!