Imagine eating seasonal produce you’ve grown and harvested with your own hands as part of every meal. Imagine having unlimited access to your own greengrocers’ 365 days a year. Imagine growing food that costs next to nothing.
These are not fantasies but realistic aims and objectives. And I can assure you they are achievable. How can I be so sure? Over the last 12 months, I challenged myself to grow food for free. Now I want to pass on what I learned on that journey, including strategies to deal with any issues that may arise.
I also offer different growing options, depending on whether your space is small or large, in the country or in the city, so you can choose what works best for you. Everything in this book has been tried and tested, and I hope that the information it contains gives you the confidence to grow food that tastes just as good as you imagined.
我还提供不同的成长选择，这取决于你在农村还是城市的空间大小，所以你可以选择最适合你的。这本书中的所有内容都经过了尝试和测试，我希望它所包含的信息能让你有信心种植出味道和你想象的一样好的食物。 WHY COST IS NO OBSTACLE Over the years, I have heard a whole host of reasons why people are reluctant to start growing their own food, and one of the most common is that it is too expensive.
I find it deeply saddening that this misconception persists in society and that, as a result, so many people are not only put off, but are also missing out on a fantastic opportunity.
Fired up by a strong desire to set the record straight, I’ve written this book with the intention of passing on all the information you need to grow food for free in a single location.
Growing food for free involves basic gardening techniques, such as sowing and planting, but making a success of it requires you to look at things a little differently.
Changing your mindset and seeing the value in what others might regard as trash is key.
A broken pallet from a building site can be split and made into a compost bin, a box of empty milk cartons from a café will provide vital water storage, and a pile of cardboard outside a shop entrance is the perfect material for suppressing weeds around your crops.
建筑工地上的一个破托盘可以被拆分成堆肥箱，咖啡馆里的一盒空牛奶盒可以提供重要的储水空间，商店门口的一堆纸板是抑制作物周围杂草的理想材料。 THE HÜGELKULTUR METHOD
With this method you don’t need a large amount of soil and compost because it makes use of different layers of organic matter.
Hügelkultur is most suitable for deeper raised beds and relies on materials breaking down over time to provide a slow, sustained release of nutrients to crops growing in the bed. It also helps to retain moisture in periods of dry weather.
休格尔库ltur最适合于较深的饲养床，它依靠随着时间的推移分解的物质为生长在床上的作物提供缓慢、持续的养分释放。它也有助于保持干燥天气期间的水分。 MILK CARTON “WATERING CAN”
Empty milk cartons make perfect watering cans because they are free to source, come in different sizes, and already have a carrying handle.
They are also lightweight and, unlike watering cans, have screw caps, which means you don’t spill any of your precious water when carrying them around. Milk cartons can’t, of course, hold as much water as watering cans so fill up three or four at a time when using them.
The “carton can” is ideal for watering individual perennial and annual plants and large seedlings. It isn’t suitable for watering young seedlings because the strong flow of water may cause damage.