Russian dacha gardens are something to be admired. They provide more than half of the Russia’s food supply, and they do it without pesticides, tractors, tillers or animals. Many have evolved into small businesses. After the gardeners make sure they have enough for winter, relatives and neighbors, they sell the overage to the public. Besides the economic profit, Russian dacha gardens ensure food security and sustainability, preservation of heirloom fruits and vegetables, and contribute to a feeling of community and a oneness with nature and the land. Gardens in Russia: What We Can Learn from Russian Gardening Style Russian gardening style reflects a centuries old work ethic: Work hard and reap the benefits of your labor. Families either tend the yard around their homes or drive to a plot of land devoted solely to their gardens. Adults toil daily among fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables, while children run up and […]
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