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Planning properly will keep you from buying useless  tools bring you higher yields and better quality food/products to keep your garden sustainable.

House using Sustainable Gardening plus solar

Sustainable Gardening is part of Sustainable Living: Sustainable Living

Sustainable living is the way of growing food and products that works with nature to produce more while wasting less. It is a long term way of living life that helps create land and keeps the water clean over time. Profits are achieved over time rather than instantaneously.


What do you want out of Sustainable Gardening?  Plan for what you want.

How do you plan for success with sustainable gardening?  First of all, remember that YOU are the one picking what you need and want in a sustainable garden.

There are all sorts of advice, even from me, that may not be right for you.


No one can know your every desire for what you want to grow or what you like to eat.  As far as your growing season, there are also many “micro-weather” parts of each state, county, neighborhood and even areas of the same property.


That is where you come in as THE most important part of planning your sustainable gardening endeavor.

If you are not quite sure what you want exactly,

Seek             To find what you want and how you want to live.

Observe      What others who are successful are doing and build relationships

ACT               On the information that you learned and gain new skills, outsource to Others what you can’t or don’t want to do yourself

REAP           The benefits of your hard work, but always be observing, learning and implementing new ideas.  Test, test, test  all of the time.


  • You can visit friends or neighbors who are living the life that you want to live.
  • Make a list of the foods that will increase your health and strength that you will actually eat
  • Go to the library and look at all of the recipe books to see what sounds good to you, then cook some of those recipes.
  • How hard do you want to work?  Are you willing to “rough it”?
  • What products can you sell that can be made from materials available on your land?
  • Observe the land that you have or want to purchase to see what grows and lives on it.
  • Go to the local markets and observe what sells at different seasons
  • Research greenhouses that may work for you that you can build inexpensively or for a price that is easily affordable for you if needed
  • Find organic ways that heal the land and your body rather than take the shortcuts that many use.


I have learned many different ways to garden, and have failed at many different experiments.  Frost, drought, pests, horses or other animals coming in and making a mess of our garden have taught my wife and I many lessons.   I have also grown gardens with my family since 1968.  I learned about fruit trees first hand, as has Heather my wife.


She use to pick fruit in the fields in California.  I have eaten many fruits picked from the fields from California!   I grew up in Washington state, and fruit trees were all around us.  Sweet tree ripened plums, fresh picked apples and many more!


We have helped other families to be self-sufficient from small farms (less than 200 acres) to owners of a small private island.  Horse ranches, cattle ranches, large wheat farms and alfalfa/hay farms are some of the farms that I have worked on.  The one thing that has stuck with me the most was there was always a garden.


If you do not want to research all alone, we are starting a membership site where you can ask questions of us and an exclusive community where both Heather and I will share our decades of experience. There will be a fee to pay for the technology for the membership site, but in the long run, the value is priceless.


We are looking forward to serving you no matter how you ask us questions, either through comments on our website, or by joining us in our membership area.


Looking forward to helping you live the Sustainable Life that you dream of.


Turning Your Dreams into the Life of Your Dreams

Chris Downs, the Caretaker

Founder and Ambassador of Natural News and Sustainable Living on How to Live on