Hello, my name is middle_path. Some of you know of me, some probably just see me as a dude that comments on things. I am a plant-lover, but to a further extent, a nature lover. Nature, in this definition, encompasses any living thing (plants, fungus, animals, insects, etc.)
I started a sub v/JustGrowIt intentionally around spring time. I have been posting as often as I can pictures of plants that I am growing. I follow a practice called permaculture (permanent agriculture) that focuses on sustainable agriculture as well as the preservation of species. The current agricultural practices in my country and the rest of the first world deeply sadden me. We farm for calories per acre and not nutrients per acre. We grow crops, but not soil. We have eroded and destroyed most of the beautiful rich soil on this planet in just the past century. So why am I going off about this? Because I want you to help me change it.
Some people think the future of agriculture is in bigger farms, "organic" farms, farms that will feed the world, etc. But famine is not (any longer) caused by bad growing seasons or even lack of food, it's caused by corrupt local governments. The future of sustainable and reliable food will come from small grass-roots gardens and farms. In the countries where they farm calories per acre - people are over-nourished. We're fat for many reasons, but one big one is that our common affordable and available foods provide a lot of energy with little nutrition. So how can we change this? By growing better soil. How does one grow soil, you may ask. Simple - add organic matter. Organic in this sense means once-living. Leaves, grass clippings, straw, manure, weeds - all of these can be turned into compost or simply rest upon the ground and let time do what it does best.
What I want from you all is to grow something. Find a small part of your yard, or balcony and add a few tomato plants, some squash, corn, rye, cabbage - I don't care. Get used to plants, catch the gardening bug. It's a valuable skill to have and if things go really south - it may save your life one day. As you grow (without synthetic fertilizers or -cides preferably) continue to mulch with some organic material, or work in some compost. Take that patch of land and always have something growing. Oats in the spring, tomatoes in the summer, peas in the fall, over-winter some spinach. You might think these plants will constantly drain nutrients from the soil but their root hairs will actually provide more and more organic material as time goes on. If you don't want to do food, spread some wildflowers and enjoy the symphony of insects and birds in your yard.
Please for me, for your family, for your community, for the world, grow something. Just Grow It!
Edit: you guys are awesome, so glad this was so well received. I will write up a beginner's guide within the next 48 hours. I'm no expert, but have a good bit of experience to share.