Author Amy Stross says You Can Have a Successful Garden in Only 15 Minutes a Day! The new edition of THE SUBURBAN MICRO-FARM helps homeowners turn their lawns into vegetable gardens for an enjoyable and healthy way to de-stress.
Getting a garden started and growing healthy food for your table is an amazing goal, but it can seem impossible in the midst of modern life.
When Amy Stross’ career as a writer, educator, and garden consultant took off, getting out to her garden was not only more difficult, it became a source of stress. Her garden had once been her happy place. “There’s a lot of satisfaction in growing your own vegetables. One minute they’re in the garden, the next they’re a part of your dinner.” Now, with her expanding list of responsibilities, her garden was one more thing to worry about in an already over-scheduled week.
She devised a plan that allowed her to have a busy life—and have the freedom to tend her garden. After all, it was the fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the garden that had helped manage her autoimmune disease years earlier.
The plan worked for her, as well as many of her readers at TenthAcreFarm.com. She calls it the 15-Minutes-A-Day garden. “It totally works!”, she says. “The idea is to create an appropriately sized garden that needs only 15 minutes a day of maintenance. Most of us find that we do, in fact, have 15 minutes to spare in a day. If life slows down, or if we find that we’ve mastered the space, then we can expand the garden and our time spent there.”
She wanted to empower others to experience this life-changing journey, too, so she wrote The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People to share her best tips, tricks, and life hacks that help both beginning and advanced gardeners reap abundant harvests with the time they have available.
“The suburbs, urban gardens, and other small places are all ripe with food growing potential. Starting a vegetable garden is a great way to put that hard-earned asset (lawn) to good use for your enjoyment as well as your health,” says Stross. You can find the book here: www.TheSuburbanMicroFarm.com.
What I Loved About The Suburban Micro-Farm
We spent years living in suburbia, often in subdivisions that didn’t want or appreciate a vegetable garden – this is the book I wish I’d had back then. Now, we live on 10 acres, but I still love the book because it provides so much information about how to manage your time gardening. It takes the overwhelm out of the garden!
The book provides background information and how-to for the beginning to the intermediate gardener, but it also includes advanced techniques for more advanced gardeners like edible landscaping, permaculture, and making money from your garden. There are lots of downloadable items to help you stay organized and on-track. As the book says “If you have dreamed of growing food but the demands of modern life have left you feeling overwhelmed, then this book is for you.”