How to Find Time to Grow Food

Stop using a lack of time to justify not gardening and learn how the magic square method makes the practice both more accessible and convenient.

| May 2019

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One major hang-up people have about growing their own food is not having the time. They look from their backyards to magazine pic­tures of gardens covered from fence to fence with productive beds and throw up their hands.

Do not do this to yourself! Small is truly beautiful. No matter how over­grown your garden is, you can weed one 3-foot square, plant it, and keep it tidy. It may lead on to two squares or even a block of four—that is up to you. But be kind to yourself. Start with one Magic Square for the plot of your choosing.

At present, your problem is that you don’t have time. You are overworked and a little stressed. You don’t get much opportunity to relax, and when you do, you’d rather . . . whatever. You worry weekly about the bills or the amount of fast food consumed. You may be depressed and unable to appreciate the good things in life. You are always busy— yet bored, not stimulated—and you don’t get enough exercise but hate jogging, the gym, hitting a ball—all those purpose­less remedial activities.



If any one of these conditions depicts your life, change it instantly by digging up one 3-foot square. It won’t take much time or work, as it is only 36 × 36 inches, one stride by one stride. But it will relax and

delight you, make you feel a long-forgotten feeling, and put you in touch with your wild side without leaving home! In a short time, it will provide you with fresh food. Your depressive moods will evaporate when you tend your Magic Square, and you’ll discover other micro worlds than the world you thought you lived in. Boredom will subside and you will do a daily three-minutes bending-and-stretching routine without being aware of it. Hand watering the square will become your meditation.





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