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How To Fix The Economy, Save On Gas & Get Plenty To Eat

We’re living through tough economic times as we watch financial markets meltdown all over the world and people lose trillions in life savings they have invested in stocks and other securities (that aren’t too secure at the moment). Gas is still outrageously expensive and it seems like every time you go to the store, something is more expensive.

Don’t despair because there is something you can do about it and it fits right in with being an affiliate marketer, but not in the traditional sense. It may take a little more physical work that building a web site but there is a big payoff. I’m talking about growing your own food and working towards self-sufficiency. Below is what our back yard looks like and where we spend most of our Saturday mornings:

Back Yard Garden

Buying edible plants, digging small garden plots and putting seeds into the ground is sowing a benefit that you will reap in a few weeks for plants and a few years for something like fruit trees. Just like affiliate marketing, you hope for a payoff a bit larger than your time and sweat investment.

The benefits of gardening go far beyond just putting some grub on your table. It does take time, but you can get to the point that you are saving gas by making less trips to the store and buying vegetables that have to be shipped from California by large truck or other far away locations such as Costa Rica by ship. You can also supply your body with healthy, life giving fruits and vegetables and that can help cut your medical expenses because you are living a healthier lifestyle. It’s a much less expensive alternative to the medical model of stuffing a patient full of expensive drugs for every ailment or the much more expensive route of radical, invasive surgery. Good heavens wouldn’t that help the economy if practiced on a large scale?

Right now in our yard we are growing pineapples, lettuce, various tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, strawberries, blackberries, lemons, eggplant, onions, and various herbs. We also have banana, guava, mango and avacado trees that will take a few years to mature. We have had gardens throughout the years, but only started expanding last year and plan to continue with our expansion until the back yard is completely filled in.

Were inspired the Dervaes family in Pasedena California who grow an amazing 6,000 pounds of food a year on a scant one tenth of an acre. Depending on the season they supply from 50% to 80% of their own food, sell produce to restaurants, produce their own biodiesel fuel, use solar energy and are close to living “off grid” or in total self-sufficiency.

Wouldn’t it be great, as the rest of the world and the politicians try to figure out how to spend even more money that they don’t have, to be less dependent on that system. Honestly, the less the government does for me the better. The more they give you, the more they can take away. No thanks, I’ll take care of myself.

Gardening is just like affiliate marketing. Put in the initial work and enjoy the benefits of truly sowing good seed. At least you’ll always have plenty to eat.

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12 Responses to “How To Fix The Economy, Save On Gas & Get Plenty To Eat”

  1. Stellar, stellar, stellar post, Alan! I’m jealous of your setup. I have two potted pepper plants with about four peppers on them and two immature tomato plants right now, argh, I need to get out this apartment.

    Same here. I love this country, but could easily do without the government.

  2. Thanks Kiley.

  3. All that on 1/10 acre? WOW! Now that’s what I call impressive.

    We’re still renting until my affilate marketing pays off enough to buy, so we have a bit of horrid ground around the side of the house and a bit in front. I’d like to get an Aerogrow, but I hate to think how long it would take to pay for itself.

    I tell hubby that I want to move to Kissimmee (or near by) to be close to Disney, but that’s only part of it. I’d love to be able to grow my own lemons, limes, oranges, peaches, avocados, etc. Even our farm markets don’t seem to have nice produce half the time. It’s sad, really. I can do alright with veggies around here (there’s a local produce grocery store literally around the corner), but I’m suffering for fresh fruits.

  4. Wow! I’m impressed by the variety of fruits and veggies growing in your garden. You’re absolutely right. Produce is so expensive, especially organic produce. Growing your own food in a garden can save so much money over time, and can also be a very relaxing way to de-stress. Great tips, Alan!

  5. I know relatives that also plant their own fruits and vegetables right from their backyard. It’s awesome how they can just pluck them right off when they are fresh and ready to use. Like you are trying to imply, it saves a lot of time and money (and it’s very fun too). :)

    Sly

  6. That’s something people like us living in metros cant do. we have no gardens in apartments. and barely enough space to pot plants.

  7. I recently moved to an apartment with less garden space, which was rather sad since I had previously had a good size yard to garden in, with raised beds and the whole get up. At my new place I planned to fill a half wine barrel with soil for a container garden but got lazy and just added some compost to some of my potted plants that adorn my front walk. A few weeks later from some compost spillover sprouted a cherry tomatoe “volunteer” that went totally gangbusters. This one plant next to my front porch has been feeding me loads of cherry tomatoes for the last month or two and there are still more coming on! Having a connection directly to live plant foods is such a wonderful experience. Though I don’t have much room for too much gardening at the moment, the thought of stopping my composting cycle that I have been doing for years seems foreign to me. I can’t seem to even throw out an orange peel at home anymore without thinking “hey this could be some rich soil, better toss it in the bucket”. Seems like a loss to just throw vegetable scraps in the trash.

  8. This is a great idea Alan and one that i implement at home myself. Not only do we have an array of veges we also have a mulberry tree, lemon tree. There is nothing finer than eating your own fresh fruit & veg.

    Jason

  9. No #1 rule in Affiliate Marketing is do proper SEO:

    Where’s the long-tail key term in your blog post?

    Just kidding… I’m writing similar headlines (blog posts) myself and don’t worry about keywords…

    Great job Alan!

  10. What a great post, I give you props for your effort! I, unfortunately have been know to kill fake plants, so not sure, what I could do with a garden 😮

  11. Gardening at home is a passion that I can’t wait to dive into… I’m obviously still renting, but when Veronica and I finally buy a house (1-3 years from now) one of the first things I’m doing is setting up shop and living off the land…

    I love it!

  12. LOL I like the picture that you posted… So cute..

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