September 10, 2022

The End Of Abundance?

Anyone that says it is the end of abundance is obviously not a gardener. 

If it is the end of the Age of Abundance, my garden didn't get the memo. It is teeming with tasty, life-supporting free food.

I have so many tomatoes right now that it is hard to keep up. I have already picked many kilos, and at about $10.00/kg for organic tomatoes, that is very bountiful indeed.

The purple pole beans have been prolific this year, and are still growing vigorously and pushing out flowers and bean pods this late in the season.

Beets, jalapeƱos, basil, peas, and winter squash abound. And the winter squash was a source of a totally unplanned abundance.

In the spring I bought a winter squash from the store. I didn't bake the seeds this time, so put them in the compost.

If you have a compost pile (another form of natural abundance), you will know that from time to time seeds will germinate, and things will grow. With no effort required from yourself.

One day I went to empty some scraps in the compost and notice a plethora of squash sprouts had emerged seemingly overnight. All I had to do was let them grow.

Eventually the squash took over the pile, and I started another one so as not to disturb them. What a rich boy am I! Two compost piles, and a bunch of squash starters I didn't have to buy or plant.

I left the squash to grow, and these plants turned into one of the success stories of our 2022 garden adventure. And nature did it all.

These squash will store perfectly well in the pantry for months. The dahl I make over the winter will benefit from nice chunks of this free and nutritious food. 

It was spontaneous abundance. You can't keep it down. I didn't have to buy it, or plant it. It just happened.

If you are missing abundance in other areas of your life, grow a garden. What results will be a salve for your stomach and your soul.

The end of abundance? I don't think so. Just the beginning of a different, more natural abundance.


  1. Great post. I love your squash story. Our garden was a success this year as well. I read somewhere there is a suspected tomato shortage later this year. I thought not at my house.

  2. Anonymous9/10/2022

    There is no shortage of shortages. Congratulations on your garden. Fresh tomatoes are a real treat.

    - Gregg

  3. Anonymous9/12/2022

    I love this post. We've had prolific harvests, that would cost a fortune if bought commercially. And we save seeds and do it all again the next year, at such low cost, if anything, on such a little piece of ex-lawn! I often ask my husband, why on earth isnt everyone doing this??? It's like printing free money.

    1. Anonymous9/12/2022

      A prolific harvest is a beautiful thing. And replacing lawn, too.

      Everyone likes food. Not everyone likes gardening. The modern industrial food system has not only given us fake phoods that promote illness, they have also disconnected us from the source of real food - our gardens.

      I guess more people would garden if their plots grew pizza and burgers. If you don't cook, a garden makes less sense. Which is a great reason to start cooking and gardening. Fresh, free produce, and healthier meals.

      Learning to cook was a big thing during shutdowns. Now more people will also learn to garden. These are wonderful trends. Soon everyone on earth will be doing it.

      Who doesn't like free food? More valuable than money, especially if there is no food in the stores to buy with that money. Then what?

      - Gregg


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