Architecture. Grad School. The State of the Profession. Field Trips. Agony. Ecstasy. Life. Etc.

Architecture Addiction, The Official Blog of

unSchool of Architecture
suggested reading/bookstore
other blogs I like
my portfolio
fieldtrips & workshops*
categories | archives | search
contact | rss

Grow Your Own Food in Your Own Backyard
by Katy Purviance on 04/20/10 @ 11:06:45 am
Categories: Grow Your Own Food | 368 words | 1206 views

I just read this article by Amanda Thompson in Natural Home Magazine (dot com) about growing your own food. Enjoy.

It doesn’t look like much more than an icy patch of dirt now, but over the summer, that patch was my parents’ backyard food oasis.

My parents’ organic food garden cost $85 and a little elbow grease to get everything ready to turn a 3-foot-by-14-foot patch of manicured lawn into an organic food garden. The organic food garden is stocked full of tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, broccoli, lettuce, Italian sweet peppers, basil, cilantro and other goodies. My parents didn’t spend a dime on any chemical fertilizers to help the garden grow, and they still managed to produce some organic vegetables that would put grocery store produce to shame (the record zucchini length stands at 21 inches!).


My parents are among millions of other Americans who have decided to grow their own food. From 2008 to 2009, seven million more households made a commitment to grow their own organic fruits, veggies, herbs or berries from home, according to a National Gardening Association, survey. Millions of those at-home gardeners are planning to grow organic food using only all-natural fertilizers, pest and weed controls. The number of people who wanted to grow organic food more than doubled based on NGA studies done in 2004 and 2008.

Many Americans are giving organic gardening a try in an effort to save money. The same NGA survey estimates that a well-maintained organic food garden can save a household $500 when balancing the investment of the organic food garden and the price of food. My parents spend most of their $85 on rubber tubing (to mark off the garden from the rest of the yard) and some much-needed gardening tools. Because they already bought the basics, the cost of maintenance will be even lower this summer.

Another possible money saver? My dad held out on getting medicine to control his cholesterol until the end of the summer. By the time he went back to the doctor, he was told his cholesterol was well under control and that he no longer needed any medicine. With a garden a few feet out your back door, it’s hard not to eat well.


Bookmark and Share Send Feedback | Permalink


No Pingbacks for this post yet...

Previous post: Picture yourself here
Next post: A tiny house on top of a big building

our sponsors
Other Blogs I Like
GSD Blogs:
Ben in Paris
A Large Lumpy Rock
Wayfinding with Waxman
Other Blogs:
Saved By Design
Jetson Green
Core 77
Rammed Earth is for Everyone
Raw Design Build
Lloyd Kahn's blog
Form Follows You Home
Burning Down the House - Radio Architecture
Unhappy Hipsters
Design Vote
Truly Minimal Plan
February 2018
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
 << <   > >>
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28      


Me on Burning Down the House
The VERB School
August 18 2010

October 20 2010

Licensure in the USA
November 17 2010

Become One of Us...Subscribe to Architecture Addiction
Give the gift of an architecture book to Architecture Addiction
Radio Architecture
Listen live to Burning Down the House, Wednesdays 4PT/7ET
Or download the podcasts from iTunes

our sponsors
It's Finally Here
unSchool of Architecture is here. Enter your name and email below to learn more.

Architecture School Survey
Hi. My name is Katy. I like it when you write to me and tell me about the cool stuff you're doing in architecture. Yes, I write back.* I may publish your letter and my reply on the blog. If you don't want me to do that, you can just ask that I withhold your name, or if you're really serious about keeping your letter a secret, you can ask me to just not publish it at all. Of course I'll still write back to you. * I hope you'll take this opportunity to share your thoughts with our worldwide audience.

[Fields marked (*) are required]


Your Name:*

Your Email Address:*

Your Question or Suggestion:*

After you click Submit, you'll come right back to the blog!

* Unless you spam me.

Created by Contact Form Generator

places where you could probably learn more about designing and building in just a few days than I did after a year of grad school

Know of some others I can add here? Let me know. Have you already visited some of these places...or planning on it? Let me know and I will feature your story and your photos here!

I am starting a new kind of architecture school. Unlike most architecture schools, you wouldn't have to submit GRE scores or good grades or letters of recommendation. You wouldn't have to put the rest of your life on hold for 3 to 5 years. You wouldn't have to accrue tens of thousands of dollars in debt. At my architecture school, anyone could come for a few weeks and learn how to build a house with their own two hands. My teachers would take skills and concepts from some of these other workshops I've listed above... except classes would be held year-round to make it easy to fit into your schedule. I would have a number of different campuses around the country that would teach building designs appropriate to the local climate. And I need your help. Can you donate land for a campus? Can you dotate books for a library? Can you teach a workshop? Can you provide start-up capital? Let me know.

suggested reading/bookstore

Need more? Visit our bookstore

where is everybody?
Locations of visitors to this page

Who's Online Now?

  • Guest Users: 17
random quote generator

Give me another

our sponsors