Turn your thumb green
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:10:08 GMT —
Pesticide free? Organic? How to do you really know if your produce is grown the way you want, unless you grow it yourself?
"It's always a good feeling to know exactly what went into it and what didn't go onto it," John Wood Community College coordinator of local food David Camphouse said.
Camphouse practices what he teaches. Camphouse grows his own garden at home.
"You know who's touched it, who hasn't," Camphouse said. "You know how it was stored. It's a good feeling to know, from seed to refrigerator to table, where your foods been and what's been on it."
Camphouse wants you to have that same security with your food. He says anyone can grow a garden, no matter your skill level or where you live.
"Raised beds, in particular for small lots and city lots where you're unsure of the quality of the soil," Camphouse said.
Raised beds are easy to build. All you need is a little wood and a handy power tool.
"Anyone who hasn't touched a power tool, don't be afraid," John Wood construction instructor, Daniel Arnsman said. "It's basically a skill that can be developed and it's very beneficial to learn how to do that. You can save yourself a lot of money."
Just make sure you know how to handle that saw before you use it. Your local hardware store usually offers some training on how to properly use power tools.
After your bed is built, it's time to plant. Any questions there can be directed to your local garden shop.
When your food finally ends up on your plate, that's where the questions stop.
"It's a great way to know that you're eating healthy food, fresh food and to know where your food came from," Camphouse said. "I encourage you all to garden."
KHQA is starting its own garden with the help of John Wood. Click here to see us build our raised garden beds.