The Self-Sufficient Garden Blog

The Evidence

The Evidence

Part 1 Once, upon a time when I was a botany prof at the University of Hawaii, I got called to jury duty. It was a routine case of drunk driving, hit and run, and driving without a license. However, one juror adamantly doubted the breathalyzer evidence. “There’s just...

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Industry Makes Its Case

Industry Makes Its Case

I’ve said repeatedly that per pound of production, no one has comprehensively compared the efficiency of home gardens to the industrial food system. Then I came across a 2019 scientific study, published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of...

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How I Do It – Part 2

How I Do It – Part 2

Some people may have a hard time believing that I grew over a thousand pounds of produce on a garden plot of just 35’ x 40’. However, I kept meticulous records, and loaded everything into spreadsheets that churned out the numbers automatically—all based on my 30-day...

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The Results Are In!

The Results Are In!

So, by early November I’d harvested enough of this year’s (2021) garden project to report on the outcome. That is, with Swiss chard and Russian kale still coming in quite handily. I’m sure I’ll be harvesting those cold-hardy greens until well into December. Just to...

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Garden Update September 5, 2021

Garden Update September 5, 2021

So how’s it going with my mission to raise enough vegetables on my 35 ’x 40’ garden to feed and keep me healthy for a year? I’d say, pretty good, but I’ll be surprised if I get 100% there this year. This will be an accounting of what’s happened so far. First, remember...

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A Call to Science-Based Policymaking

A Call to Science-Based Policymaking

You never can tell when opportunity will strike. Around mid-July (2021), the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) asked scientists and experts for advice on strengthening scientific integrity policies across federal agencies. Great chance to...

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Self-Sufficient Garden Project

Self-Sufficient Garden Project

In Just Grow It Yourself  I related my experience of living for a month only on vegetables produced from my garden. Based on my meticulous records of every ounce I consumed over those 30 days, and exactly how much area it took to grow it, I calculated that with a...

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Food Supply Safety for Policymakers

Food Supply Safety for Policymakers

For Policymakers Only Everyday home gardeners should skip this As I’ve mentioned many times, both on this site and in the book, it’s imperative that gardeners be inspired by joy. If they don’t enjoy gardening, it’s simply not worth the effort, and they won’t do it...

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