We love food Out Of Our Own BackYards.
It’s literally our name and the reason for so many damn O’s!
Even better would be to grow food out of YOUR own backyard.
But seriously. With looming food shortages in NZ and the cost of food going up everywhere, it would make sense to grow at least some food yourself.
I am here to tell you that it’s easier than you think.
Easy gardening with permaculture
I have been Bill Mollison’s farm manager – the founder of Permaculture. I live on an off-grid sustainable farm in Taranaki. My family manages day jobs, two young children that aren’t in day care, no grandparents or family in New Zealand to help us and we still manage to grow our own food.
Not all of it.
You too can keep your job, your lifestyle and start growing more of your own food at home.
If you do it right, you won’t have to weed, dig or spend hours a week watering.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
I know. But I am here to tell you how.
Spring is on its way and over the coming weeks and months, I will be guiding you step by step how to do this at home.
Growing ALL your own food is HARD
Yes, I am aware that if Ooooby customers start growing their own food, they may not need Ooooby anymore.
But with everything that’s going on in the world today, it’s more important that people and communities stay fed, healthy and strong.
It’s easy to grow some of your own food. But it’s really hard to grow all of it.
So I’m not worried.
On the contrary. “Ooyoby” is even better than Ooooby, even though it is unpronounceable.
If we could support Kiwi families to stay healthy, happy and resilient with healthy local food without so much as packing or delivering a single box of food…
That would be a mission accomplished.
And a lot easier.
Anyways… spring is coming and you need to get started.
Step 1: Cardboard mulch
Here is what you can do right now:
- Flatten all of your old Ooooby boxes
- Choose a sunny warm spot on the north side of your house
- Cover that area by laying out the flatten boxes. No gaps and double up if possible.
- Weight them down with rocks if you think the wind may take them.
This is called cardboard mulching and it will smother grass and weeds. It will stop weeds and retain soil moisture for you.
You can mulch right over your lawn, if you want to.
It’s the first step to lazy-gardening.
That wasn’t hard, was it?
There are a few more steps you’ll need to take.
It’s not hard and it won’t be long before you will be harvesting food out of your own backyard.
Keep an eye on our blog for the next steps.