Backyard Crusaders (Video)


I do love growing my own food. It used to be a passion. Id watch programs like Square Food Gardening and think, ‘I could so that with my patch in the back yard.’ However, something happened to pull me away from gardening.

One reason is that my day job takes a lot of energy away from being connected to nature. The other reason is that the raccoons and the opossums often got to my veggies before I did.

Still, there is something that draws me back towards what I know to be a healing activity.

It is not just about growing food, although that is important. It is about fundamentally reconnecting with the earth.

This is a video by Emily Duncan of a couple that really understands that relationship between sustainability, food production and making a difference.

My understanding is that the couple purchased a government-owned house and converted a plain backyard into a vision of how they wanted to live and provide for their needs.

I am thinking more about gardening these days. I know I can grow small amounts of fruits and veggies indoor and outdoors. It is finding the time and committing to it that is my problem.

As for the raccoons and opossums? Im thinking small steel-gauged veggie cages could slow them down a bit.


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Screen Capture from the video Backyard Crusaders by Emily Duncan


Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Alicia N.
Alicia N7 years ago

cool, thanks

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado7 years ago

Good to have fresh items from the garden.

Holly C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Thank you! :)

Cynthia B.
Cynthia B7 years ago

Having moved from a home with a very large garden, which my husband and I created from virtually scratch, to a one bedroom apartment with a small patio slab by the front door...I have learned in my older age, that you can grow things in the smallest areas, that will have a real impact on the wildlife and environment around you. Use your sense and your imagination, and educate yourself. You can grow something to add to your dinner plate no matter where you live.

Carlena M.
Carlena Milligan7 years ago

When I cook meat, I use a small amount of either Olive oil or canola, then I save tuna fish cans and put the remains in them and set them under what ever is beinf attack. a little water doesn't hurt. earwigs and other bugs getin and can't get out the next day when it warms it melts the grease and they drown. When the can gets full empty and start again.
Coffee and grounds around plants help with snails a nd slugs. Use plenty.

MarilynNoFwds D.
7 years ago

We planted a huge garden when we first moved here, but the next day woke up to find our garden mowed down to nubs by the javelina and rabbits. We tried container planting on our deck and they got that too!
We're building a greenhouse for next spring...determined to grow our own food again!! If they find a way to get in there, we're going to train them to do tricks! LOL

Jennifer C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Beautiful! Thank you.

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Catherine S.
Catherine S7 years ago

Racoons or possums got my corn one year, during the night the day before I was going to harvest it. Heartbreaking. Corn is cheap, but when you've grown it yourself, it's precious. This year we somehow managed to harvest it before anything got ot it, and it was heavenly. Fresh food is SO delicious. I love being able to go outside to collect greens for a salad, just enough - no dealing with a messy, soggy store-bought head of lettuce. And fresh herbs make a great difference in soups, roasts and sauces. But birds and snails, slugs and beetles, grasshoppers and critters all take a tax on the garden.