Approaching 50, Retirement, Grandparent (umm, no hurry) and a less sturdy body (if you’re over 35, you know what I mean), and located on the West Side of Atlanta and outside the perimeter, Jack Sprout (Tongue in cheek Nom de Plume) takes his 40+ year old dream into retirement and back to his roots.
Unlike working with my Grandpa on his farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the 1970’s, with tractors and large fields, hay lofts and livestock, Jack is taking a new approach in an attempt to adapt to, and co-exist with his environment (John 4:15 – vines and fruit?).
His plan is to pit a soil garden against a raised bed, and a wicking bed against an aquaponics system, and then try to compare the four, to determine which is closest to the Garden of Eden (ok, I forced that one).
Then, expand. (simple, right?)
His experience includes fits and spats with Organic Gardening, (my 1st subscription found at a grocery store). I had the great fortune of stumbling blindly upon a regular – writer – with – wonderful – wit (that was fun) by the name of Mike McGrath. I remained a subscriber until he left (about 2 years later) and even purchased a book he penned called ‘The Best Of Organic Gardening.”
Basic research in my late 20’s (remember the internet in it’s infancy?) led me to Rodale’s Gardening Encyclopedia (?), (I still regret trading this several years ago for an older book that I thought would be more beneficial. It wasn’t).
I went a couple of rounds with Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew (who, if isn’t Amish or of Amish Origin, he should be), several editions (decades) of the Old Farmer’s Almanac (it’s like a must have for every gardener and wannabe, right?), along with whatever gardening magazine that held my interest long enough for my wife to do the grocery shopping over the years.
OK, so did you follow all of that or did I just completely confuse the devil out of you?? 🙂
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