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In today’s uncertain economic future, when you may be hit with unemployment or reduced income on top of struggling with diabetes in your family, then this Gardening for Diabetics series is important for you!
Not only will you be able to eat more fresh, healthy, low glycemic, pH alkaline food, but for the techniques which I have shared in parts 1-4, you will not need much money to get your garden started.
These simple gardens can make a huge, positive change happen in your life!
The following 2 techniques (aquaponics and aeroponics) which are explained today require more equipment, so I will not give lots of information – there’s plenty to get you started at specialized sites online. But I wanted to introduce these ideas to you because both are very effective methods. In fact, aquaponics has been practiced in Asia for centuries, if not millennia.
Biochemically, you need to constantly detoxify your body if you have diabetes, and the best foods to do this with are organically-grown, low glycemic vegetables e.g. leafy greens and other alkaline foods like papaya, sweet potato, seaweed, avocado and more.
I have written about alkaline foods (look in the Title Archive, link above).
You only want to feed your family healthy food – for the least amount of money — so having your own garden IS the way.
It’s an idea needed to make global and personal change. We need to start growing our own food, or at least a decent portion of it.
In other parts of my series, you have seen people are beginning to use sunny windows, rooftops, reclaim vacant land (with permission), encouraging their city to make community gardens and more.
The “food miles” involved in producing your food and dragging it an average of 1,400 miles in the US, is untenable in today’s world and in all future scenarios.
If we persist in using this flawed system, food prices will become astronomical. Get out of the loop and become independent, now!
There’s a link below to an Aussie report as an example of how much can even be home-grown on an apartment balcony, let alone what can be done on a roof or a backyard.
If you are lucky enough to have a yard, then you can make miracles happen, even if yours is a tiny plot of land. Maybe you will even sell your fish and produce as a Southern California family has been doing (for more than a decade) in a small but intensely efficient garden.
Their current production record is 6,000 pounds of food from their 1/5 acre yard garden!!!! Yes, you read that correctly!
Links for these encouraging sites are at the end of my article. And, be sure to notice that these techniques will help with America’s and the global fresh water access crisis. There’s not enough fresh water now in most parts of the world. Water conservation is critical. These gardening techniques require the least water.
All of this is good self-help and good parenting because is also the route to return to Health and fight Obesity.
Many young people are pre-diabetic or even have Type 2 diabetes, long regarded as a disease of middle age and beyond.
No-one can afford to sit around still thinking that somehow expensive medicines are the answer. They are not.
Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD and other health professionals with open minds have consistently shown that the proper diet of healthy foods, alone, can improve and even reverse Type 2 diabetes, and increase quality of life for type 1 diabetics. Type 2 diabetics were able to reduce and in some cases even eliminate their medication. Start gardening and eating all your produce, so you may have these results, too. Just do it!
Now on to the 2 techniques for today.
___ Aquaponics will produce LOTS of FAST, healthy food! And, as it is an ecologically sound system, you will not really need outside supplies, once it is properly set up, and you learn how to run your unit efficiently.
The end products will be that you will produce are:
___ either freshwater prawns, tilapia fish or arctic char fish to eat
___ also organic fruits and/or vegetables.
Your diabetes diet plan will be filled with accessible, low-cost, healthy food. You will not even have to buy fertilizer. And, if you keep plant seeds, then you will not even have to buy plant seeds next season, but I think you will buy some, as you want to try new vegetables and fruits.
You can learn how to properly prepare home-harvested seeds for storage — check Seedsavers Exchange. One version of aquaponics is barrel-ponics.
___ In my reading about these systems, I think Aeroponics is the most technical, requires the most equipment and cannot be sustained without buying commercial products. But, it is a very effective way to grow food. For sure.
If you have a couple of hundred dollars to spend on a trial, then you could buy one of the tiny countertop units like AeroGarden. Just look for the official website, and see their authorized retailers. Theirs is a small but well-made system.
Do NOT have anything to do with Earth Solutions Farm-in-a-Box. It is exorbitantly priced and when investigated by others online, the reviewers said it used materials toxic to the fish as well as being shoddily made.
Balcony Garden in Sydney, Australia Once established, this garden takes only 10 minutes of care a week!
Free download: The BarrelPonics Manual
Ebb and Flow – Aeroponic or Aquaponic Text and Video: Hydroponics on a Toronto Balcony
Zero Power Aquaponic System Remember to only use food-grade plastics and NO PVC!
Brix Meter and organic BioVam Method. A Brix meter is needed for any garden, as it measures carbohydrate plant content to tell you exactly when your crop is “ripe”.
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholamew
Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier
Backyard Self-Sufficiency by Jackie French
THE REST OF THE SERIES:
Diabetics Need to Garden, Part 1
Hydroponics with Safer Plastics Part 4A
5 Gallon Bucket Gardening Part 4B
Hydroponic Gardening Part 4C
Gardening in Rubbermaid Totes Part 4E
Please read the Titles Archive to find 3 years of posts to help you learn more about alternative ways to help your diabetes.
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