How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House?

In summer 2006 Judy Alexander embarked on an experiment to see how much food she could grow, and how many neighbors could benefit, from the garden around her house. Check out her homegrown rainwater collection and irrigation system – watering her 60+ edible crops. Meet the bees, the chickens and the worms. And catch her joy in producing so much food for so little effort.

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  1. Shades of Green says:

    Thank you M.D. That was awesome. We will be moving soon and I would like to do this at my new place.

  2. mindful patriot says:

    Wow…a terrific example! The rain barrel system is great!!

  3. HiPlains says:

    Thanks MD! Rain Barrels catch an amazing amount of water! I too have used the big plastic jugs tied to a stake of rebar (windy!) to water trees/shrubs that aren’t on a drip. Edible landscaping is such an important and very doable thing – how nice to see it in action.

  4. HiPlains says:

    Has anyone dug deeper into the govt. ability to take control of our private food sources (gardens)? I just came across this article:

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      I know he signed an order stating that he/government gets to control the rain water, as well as all the foods from farms. Generally, this is only for war time but his order is during peace time as well.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      While I don’t know if the language of this particular executive order in any way differs from that of it’s predecessors, you should probably be aware that such an executive order has been on the books ever since the Eisenhower administration. Each President routinely re-issues such executive orders (I remember reading the first version I ever saw of one when Reagan re-issued it in 1981 or 1982) and the intent is that if and/or when Congress declares us to be in a state of war, the government can move to mobilize all aspects of society for total war.

      Again, I don’t know if this particular version somehow changes the language to make the conditions under which it is eligible for execution to be less restrictive or not, but reading the article you linked to, the language they quoted sounds just about the same as Reagan’s version did. Mind you, back then we were figuring on a global nuclear war of biblical proportions, and that wouldn’t seem to be the case so much anymore (instead of 60,000 warheads going off, we’d be looking at a “mere” 3000 or so), so the need to re-issue this executive order would seem to be less, but then bureaucracies always tend to be…well…bureaucratic and it may have just been re-issued because it was time to update it.

  5. This video is great. Sent it to other people to view. This is what it is really all about, and a working farm is not necessary to accomplish the goals. Thanks, MD.

  6. Petticoat Prepper says:

    Good video, sure wish they’d been more about the how to’s and what all she grew. I’ve always been big about having a garden no matter how small ones yard is.

  7. Ozarkana says:

    That video was so inspirational! I am going to watch it, again; and, take notes this time. There were so many new ideas to try. Thank You.

  8. That is awesome. So much variety on display in that video.

  9. KS Judy says:

    Would like to issue a caveat on collecting rain water.

    Check your local and state laws on rainwater collecting. Some states like Colorado it’s a no-no and in Texas it is encouraged.

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  11. mom of three says:

    Just remember it rains 9 months and three months we have sun.
    July, August, September. He he 🙂 In the beautiful Northwest..
    Tho we have lovely smooth skin with all the rain.

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