Part 2: Preparing Your Kitchen Garden After you have located a garden area that will have adequate light, a good southern exposure to the sun, dig all the way around the perimeter with a sharp shovel, to determine if there are tree roots entering your garden patch. If there are and you cut through them with the shovel, they will grow back next year. If there are large enough roots that you cannot cut them with your shovel, then a tree is already drawing a lot of water from that area. You may use a pick-axe to cut through them, but they will also re-establish, and will out-compete annual vegetables for water.
One thing we all tend to not look at, how the black plastic is...well, plastic. Endocrine disruptors, gradually adding up from plastic nipple baby bottle to the plastic pots many plant tomatoes in. Many folks use brown corrigated cardboard instead to cover earth, (no printing or tape). Nothing is perfect, but really, this outrage at the 'feminization' of men and boys might just have a tiny bit to do with how we have all been affected by endocrine disruptors in plastics. Call me Eeyore, I am used to it. Best
All styles of gardens not using chemicals are better than what's out there now.
Most timely, topical, useful: https://www.naturalhealth365.com/urgent-news-growing-food-in-a-toxic-world.html
*BLACK BOX WARNING* to new gardeners like myself!
With all the exhortations to "get growing" in the alt health and truth communities, it is easy to get started in haste, as I did, and end up committing a critical, expensive, time and effort killing error.
*PLEASE* be extraordinarily careful about your soil source, whatever amendments you add, and here is why: AMINOPYRALIDS
Having weaponized the air, food, water, soil is certainly also in the crosshairs of the psychopaths.
Wonderful. What is your view of Bio-Dynamic gardening? https://www.homestead.org/gardening/the-basics-of-biodynamic-gardening/amp/