At that moment, I woke up and realized that I had been dreaming about one of my favorite childhood summer memories. Or was it just a dream? As I lay in bed, basking in the glow of this happy nocturnal illusion, I felt as if I was being directed by the universe to begin a quest to rediscover the joys of my youth.
I leapt out of bed and proceeded to consult the oracle of all human wisdom and the repository for all of man’s knowledge; YouTube. That’s where I found an interesting dude who calls himself “the survival doc”. As opposed to building underground bomb shelters or stockpiling large weapon caches, the survival doc has decided that the way to fend off the zombie apocalypse is organic gardening. His viewpoint is that when (not if) our infrastructure breaks down, he will have a safe and healthy food supply.
What I learned is that blackberries are the perfect end of times fruit. They will grow in poor soil, are disease free and require no fertilizer. All you need is a spot that gets plenty of sunlight and access to a good supply of freshwater. The best part is that if you plant them in the spring, you’ll be harvesting fresh berries all summer long.
Blackberries can be eaten fresh or made into jams, juices, desserts and even wine. In addition to being rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, they are also low in calories, carbohydrates and fat, making them one of the best fruits out there for maintaining a healthy diet. They are even one of the highest listed fruits on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) scale, which lists the top cancer fighting foods.
When we got back to the beach with our blackberry vines and a whole bunch of bags of soil, we staked out our plot of prime agricultural land to be transformed into the Ocean View Community Garden. What we didn’t know is that just about an inch below the layer of top soil sat large boulders obviously left behind from the construction of the breakwater. We did not let this setback deter us from our mission and after about an hour of quiet contemplation, we decided to tie a rope around each rock and the other end to Kirk’s truck and yank the damn things out. Oddly enough, this strategy worked and now we have a beautiful garden encircled by stone.
It’s going to be a Berry Dudely Summer, Dudes.