Has switching to Paleo/Primal inspired you to start a veg garden?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2012 at 4:09 AM

We'd bought a home back in '08 that had nothing but a pathetic attempt at a lawn. In the years since I had ripped out the failing lawn and put in perennials and shrubs and ground covers. All was well and beautiful.

I started Paleo during the summer last year on a whim, immense health improvements resulted, I read and read some more about Paleo and struggled with buying my own veggies with my budget. Then it hit me.

I'm gardening, why not do the obvious and grow my food. So I'm planning to put in a square foot garden-style veggie garden in my back yard and grown as much of my own veggies as I can to keep my Paleo budget down AND ensure veggies grown the way I want them and without a waxy coating.

So I was curious if anyone else was inspired to begin growing their own veggies when they started their Paleo lifestyle? Any pitfalls you'd car to share?



on January 21, 2012
at 04:26 PM

start with zucchini. Even the most brown-thumb gardener can't screw that up. Arugula is also ridiculously easy to grow



on January 21, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I already had a garden, I added a some chickens.

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on January 21, 2012
at 04:31 AM

This is so awesome! I landscape with my veggies...bay trees, fruit trees, berry bushes as structural elements, kale, chard, onions, and herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage as my perennials. Then lettuces, potatoes, beans, beets, carrots, broccoli etc.as my annuals. Then you can get into the whole nutrient cycle and get some chickens to weed, eat kitchen scraps and poop for you, and some worms to make compost. It's a lot of work (don't need a gym membership anymore when you have a spade and a wheelbarrow!), but it feels so good to save trips to the store, money, etc.

This is always a work in progress, and I'm always learning something. So far, I know this is some good advice:
Spend resources (money, time, cashing in favors) up front to build up your soil. If you skimp on this part, the rest is going to be an uphill struggle. There are a lot of books and websites where you can get ideas about this stuff. Basically get your hands on some poop and other organic nutrients and minerals.
Make sure and water enough. This sounds so obvious, but it's amazing how many people give the garden a sprinkle and call it good. Really water it.
Go to your local state university extension (if you live in the US)...they have tons of info specific to your climate.

Good for you!

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on January 21, 2012
at 04:38 AM

I've only recently begun the paleo/primal diet, and have seen enough benefits to continue it. Last year I was able to secure a plot at a local community garden. The plot is 16'x10', and the amount of food you can produce in one season is staggering. I was giving away food in August and September. The community members (about 45 other plots) also had an astounding amount of food. We had to constantly have potlucks in order to get rid of stockpiles. It was an amazing and enlightening experience.

What is also quite enlightening is the frustration you feel when you realize how much you actually spend on veggies and fruit. I had a 6 foot row of spinach going until it bolted due to the heat, but I was pulling up a pound a day. And it wasn't even making a dent.

I really can't wait to get back out there and wolf down garden fresh spinach, chard, peppers, zucchini, squash, onions.... It's gonna be a great spring and summer!

Pitfalls? Natural pests can be demoralizing. I had an entire crop of snap peas get leveled by birds early in the spring. Also, seems quite obvious, but do your research and pay attention to recommended spacing. They should almost say "required." Oh, and words of wisdom from master gardeners in the plot: Grow the most expensive food fount at the supermarket.

And my wisdom, you can't really mess anything up. Plant some seeds, they sprout, you thin 'em, they get bigger, you water, water, water, water, pick weeds, water, water, water, get completely overwhelmed by the amount of food, swear to never do another garden that big again, wait two months, get anxious to repeat it all over again. :)



on January 21, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Definitely has resparked my interest in farming as a whole. Grew up raising dairy animals myself, as much as I enjoy them, they tie you down too much (twice daily milking!) I'm more interested in meat production now. You can farm and still have a life, travel, etc...

I'm a city dweller now (and for now), the closest thing to gardening I've attempted is planting sprouted garlic in the planter I inherited from the previous renters here. Been thinking about putting together a DIY Windowfarms (http://www.windowfarms.org/) set-up for fun though.



on January 21, 2012
at 08:25 AM

Have had a veggie garden since 1986. I couldn't really live without one. What I mean to say is that I would never arrange my life so as not to have this option in it.




on January 21, 2012
at 06:40 AM

LOVE this question. I've always been a bit of a tree-hugging, greenie type of gal but getting into learning more about the agricultural system and the overlords that are chain supermarkets totally drew me in to trying to support local farmers and projects and to investigate becoming more self-sufficient myself. I am currently on a venture to set up a square foot garden at my family home and also as a good mental-health project (growing things is good for the soul you know). My dad is going to get the base built up and then it is all mine to plant full of veggies and nurture. I'm sure it is going to be full of mishaps and learning curves but I can't wait for the day I can eat some home grown broccoli. Don't think I have much chance at this stage of convincing my parents we should get some chooks and a goat... but this is a great start.

NOTE: When selecting seeds I will NOT be leaving the task to my loveable but slightly daft father who has a history of interesting vegetable propagation in his own garden patch. SO far we have have supposed zucchini (actually turned out to be gherkins), red bell pepper (jalapenos), french green beans (broad beans) and carrots (turnips). We have decided he really ought to wear his glasses to the garden center =P. Has provided much entertainment but would be nice to actually grow what was intended.



on January 21, 2012
at 04:26 PM

start with zucchini. Even the most brown-thumb gardener can't screw that up. Arugula is also ridiculously easy to grow



on January 22, 2012
at 05:48 AM

Not yet but planning on avocado trees and leafy greens when I get a house with land for it.



on January 21, 2012
at 03:24 PM

Nope, it has actually encouraged me to cut back on the gardening. I would just LOVE to rip out a couple of garden beds and put in a chicken coop. Sigh.


on January 21, 2012
at 07:03 AM

next year will be my first planting for food that i need to stay healthy. my wife whom will not eat paleo ,is supportive of my paleo diet effort. im just thankful that i have the money saved to eat paleo. Paleo is the only diet that is sustainable. i plan on using my 30 house windows as indoor green houses in the future. i have never been a save the planet kind of guy, im just doing this to save myself money and improve my health.

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