When a man surveys his castle, his gaze goes beyond the patio and the grill to the earth beyond. After all, there’s a special bond between a man and his land. Soil is much more than for growing good-looking grass. It can be mastered to yield some mighty useful plants.
Gardening (or as we like to call it, homestead farming) is not just for the feminine sex. It has been the time-honored pursuit of such notables as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington Carver. Actor Russell Brand even shared in an interview that gardening helped him get past his sex addiction – go figure. Taming the earth involves extensive digging, cultivating, and guarding those tender plants from predators and the elements so they grow up strong and healthy.
There are a lot of great reasons to control at least a part of your food/beverage supply. Just think of the price tag on “organic” products at the grocery store or the last time you had to settle for wilted seconds. You are also free to experiment with tastier and more exotic varieties than you’ll find at the supermarket (Mojito Mint, anyone?)
Then there all the great things you can grow. How about your own hops for home-brew beer, herbs for your cocktails, or peppers for your signature hot sauce? Or, feed your grill with your own home-grown vegetables. When you think about it, all that grass just might be a waste of space.
Then, there are all the other benefits of homestead farming. Growing your own stuff makes you more self-sufficient. Remember all those lines at the grocery store just a few weeks ago? It’s also a great way to burn off some steam – there’s nothing like pulling up weeds by their roots or taking care of unwanted critters to calm a man down. And, if you’re tied to a computer all day, getting outside for any reason is a good thing.
So, while it might be a little late to start your garden this year (or maybe not, depending on where you live), it’s a great time to start planning. Work on your planting blueprint, and pick the right spot to make it happen. It’s not too early to start clearing and get the soil ready. (Note: If you’re a city dweller, don’t despair, there are some creative alternatives for urban gardens.)
While you’re at it, don’t forget to take care of number one. The sun and elements can take a toll on a hard-working farmer. Stay fresh with our long-lasting natural deodorant and keep your hard working hands in shape with Sam’s great selection of products made right here in New Hampshire.