Oh yeah rising food cost is such a huge boon...
I seldom do the shopping, but when wife was out of town in early March I had to. I discovered that the local grocer was getting $2.50 for leaf lettuce. For the first time I decided to plant lettuce, and I now have about sixty plants, forty of which I am now harvesting from. It grows like a weed, and tastes better than the stuff you get at the grocery. Unfortunately, the Texas heat will soon require that I make a final harvest of this season’s crop fairly soon. But I can replant again in September, and I fully intend to.
Garden list ping?
As long s you can keep the critters out of the garden!! Something is pulling my plants down from underground including garlic and onions!!
We think it may be a chipmunk.
And I’ve given up on swiss chard because something is getting over my fencing and scarfing that down as soon as I plant it.
We have already paid for our farm share this year, so thats like money in the bank.
4% increase? I think NOT! Last year, I could buy a whole bag of tomatoes. This year, I either leave the store without any or just buy one. Ha, that’s going to come to a halt any day when my garden tomatoes ripen. Going to be eating squash any day, too. In fact, I’m eating spinach right now from the garden.
There was this thread a few days ago - “Prices at LDS canneries show inflation for food up between 11 and 49%”
Living in apartments, even with patios and outdoor spaces, makes it difficult for some to grow their own. And some landlords frown on the attempts to be self-sufficient. What a shame.
Since food and energy are not essential parts of consumers' financial burden they are not counted for inflation adjustment for real Social Security recipients (as opposed to the larger welfare recipients of SS,) it doesn't matter. So expect an Executive Order taxing home grown food.
And don't even think think about producing your own ethanol...
Before I can get gold out of my potential garden, I have to get the poison hemlock out.
Found this today and it seems relevant here.
“Talks on Manures” by Joseph Harris
Pretty lengthy discussion on natural fertilizer from the 1919 era.
Did not read it all yet, but am will. Pretty sensible discussion.
Don’t think I’m going to plant much corn, wheat, and soybeans in my backyard.
I long for a government that actually does something to help the American public.
Already tired of eating the raddishes I grew. Got squash coming out my ears. About to start freezing some. Green beans, okra and corn are blooming. Purple hull peas looking good. Tomato plants are loaded down with green tomatoes.
When I started this garden I figured I was doing it for a hobby. But with food prices going through the roof it looks like I’m actually saving money.
But, by and large, everything else is shipped in, even more so from September through June.
Send seeds? Befriend seeds? Just want 10 seeds?
Remember that old seeds may have reduced germination. (Although Ive had great luck with them. And for free, you can't lose...) If possible, list year and variety.
I CAN OFFER a few of these seeds (say, 10) for free to anybody who wants to send me a SASE:
Basil (Genovese 2010)
Beans (Jackson Wonder Butterbean 2011)
Beans (Southern Zipper Cream actually a Cowpea)
Broccoli (Bonanza 2011) Chard (Bright Lights 2010)
Fennel (Florence 2011)
Kale (Redbor Hybrid 2010)
Squash (Acorn 2009 and I had really good germination with it, this year!)
Squash (Georgia Candy Roaster 2011.. a terrific winter squash!)
Tomato (Brandy Boy 2011)
Seeds for Fall, e.g. Japanese radish
Anything (surprise me!)
I HAVE HEIRLOOM TOMATO SEEDS (FREEPER TDSCPA) from about 75 popular, open-pollinated heirloom varieties. Tell me via PM what varieties youre interested in, and if I have them I could send you a few seeds (10?) if you will send me a SASE.
Dont know what variety to grow? I can make suggestions, if you want to grow plants from seed. Contact Tdscpa
If anyone needs or wants okra seeds (says JustaDumbBlonde) please let me know. I saved a ridiculous amount in the fall of 2010. Two different varieties, Clemson and Jade, are both are heirloom variety so that you will be able to save seeds from your plants. Both are spineless and heavy producers. Jade is a bit darker green than Clemson and the pods are a bit shorter and fatter. Both are good for frying, soups, freezing, dehydrating or canning. Dont be shy, l have more than plenty to share! Tip for planting okra: soak your seeds for 24 hours before planting. Okra seeds are hard like peppercorns and soaking will assist in quicker germination. Contact JustaDumbBlonde
I have some black-seeded Simpson lettuce seeds and some Buttercrunch lettuce seeds if anyones interested. (says Oberon), And... anybody have any Gold Nugget yellow cherry tomato seeds? Im interested. Contact Oberon
I have about 100 Canna seeds that I would be glad to share (says Dacula), These plants are tropical and last up to the first frost. I live north of Atlanta and my cannas grow up to 6 feet and have beautiful flowers. I leave them in the ground over winter, but you can take the bulbs and over winter them. . In order to get the seeds to germinate, you have to lightly sand the outside of the seed and soak them overnight. Contact Dacula
Free Winter Squash or Stevia seeds or Heirloom Tomato/Pepper Seeds (says Black Agnes) The 'Patio Marconi' seeds are container peppers that are sweet and good for salads, sandwiches or frying. Open pollinated if that interests you. Cilantro seeds too. It's good used fresh to detox heavy metals. Contact Black Agnes
Of course, we still have danger of frost = My bales topped with compost and fish mulch are ‘perking’ and will be planting in a week or so.(I have garlic coming on good from sticking some in the ground in October - but just stuck some in my new bale garden, along with some onions - just to see if they'll get up. Garlic is getting to be worth it's weight in gold, like in Roman days.