Skip to comments.Dollars from dirt: Economy spurs home garden boom (It's official: We're now peasants!!)
Posted on 03/15/2009 11:54:44 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
With the recession in full swing, many Americans are returning to their roots -- literally -- cultivating vegetables in their backyards to squeeze every penny out of their food budget.
Industry surveys show double-digit growth in the number of home gardeners this year and mail-order companies report such a tremendous demand that some have run out of seeds for basic vegetables such as onions, tomatoes and peppers.
"People's home grocery budget got absolutely shredded and now we've seen just this dramatic increase in the demand for our vegetable seeds.
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I don’t have a problem with growing some food if you have room. It doesn’t have to be all lawn, and homegrown food always tastes better.
1 squirrel, quartered
1 cup diced onion
2 large tomatoes (from your garden) or 1 can of tomatoes
Assorted fresh ,or canned veggies
Sprinkle seasoned salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (optional) liberally on the meat. Pour some cooking oil into a large pot (dutch oven). Sauté the meat with the onions until well browned. Drain the excess oil, add about 2 cups water, and bring to a boil. Cut up the tomatoes and add. If you use canned tomatoes add them now. Turn down the heat, and let slow cook for at least an hour. Important: older squirrels may require cooking longer than an hour. Check periodically for tenderness. If you don’t you will have a hard time chewing the meat. After the meat is tender, add the veggies, carrots, potatoes, banana pepper, what ever you like. Cook until the veggies are done. An option you can use is, cook up your favorite pasta and serve over the pasta. (eliminate the potatoes). That’s it, nice and simple ~ Good eating: John
Honestly there is nothing wrong with people gardening. If funds are tight growing your own food is a great way to stretch the food budget. It’s also a great hobby and exercise. Maybe this will help with the obesity problem when Junior has to put down the Wii and pull weeds. ;)
Let’s call them “Obama Gardens”
I’m canning meat I bought on sale right now.
More like collective farms and workers brigades to bring in the harvest...just like in the old USSR.
If someone could invent an automatic greenhouse, that waters, fertilizes, plants, and harvests without human labor, they’d make a gazillion dollars.
Build them like they build a double wide house. Haul the thing out on a trailer ready to go. Just add dirt and electricity.
I thought the 3rd Amendment prohibited the quartering of squirrels.
The Czechs in Minnesota have a recipe for a sour-cream potato soup with squirrel meat. I didn’t have squirrel, but pheasant worked really well. Very tasty stuff.
Um, no. I plan to call my OUTHOUSE "Obama."
Typical east coast liberals. Thinking that growing a garden is because you are trying to make money.
I know lots of people who have gardens because they love to do gardening work. They grow everything from flowers to tomatoes to watermelons.
One friend has successfully cultivated a whole new sunflower, one the is red instead of yellow. Why, because he wanted to.
Another friend is growing potatoes in old tires, why? for the challenge of doing it. (seeing how many pounds of potatoes can be harvested in a small ground footprint.
I think a lot of people are now gardening because they are worried about the future supply of food and not so much the cost. Hussein seeks to destroy capitalism and the means of production. The greater the crisis the more power he hopes to grab. We may end up with total anarchy and food shortages.
Before the end of his first, and only, term we may see scenes right out of Atlas Shrugged last chapter.
We started a victory garden on a limited scale in 2008, and plan to a little more this year.
We are in a war you know? Both a WOT and against a growing socialism. Don't hold back, get those tomatoes in the ground! It's the patriotic thing to do.IMHO
A squirrel is a rat with a fuzzy tail.
Grow a garden and you will meet some of your greenie friends...get chance to un-brainwash them. Or who knows maybe you’ll end up loving 0bomo too
I read an article somewhere that more food made it to the cities from the backyard gardens than from the Collectives. Never thought it might apply to the US.
Socialism didn't work in the USSR, it won't work in the USA.
I love it!
“Honey, it’s time to fertilize the Obama ... skipping the fertilizer, doing it myself. Had plenty of beans at dinner.”
Maybe so. But they both beat the hell out of an empty belly.
The last time I had Squirrel stew there was so much hair floating in the pot you could have made a felt hat out of it. take a bite floss with hair.Take a bite floss with hair..
I didn’t shoot the squirrels, someone else did. Got lots of squirrels around here. the dog is chewing on one now. Lots of deer here also I saw 7 this morning behind the house.
It will become a warlord society with armed gangs taking what they need in large cities anyway. So, let's hope that it never gets to that point. But, the more dependent the population becomes on large urban areas, the greater the impact that anarchy will have on the land.
The country folk will survive.
Excuse me .. having a garden of your own could save you hundreds of dollars - I grew up with a garden in my backyard, from which we enjoyed fresh and healthy vegetables. We even had chickens - giving us fresh eggs all the time. Teaching your children how to grow things is not a bad thing.
During WWII it was called a “victory garden”. People were more dependent upon themselves - not the govt - and selling off the excess produce gave people extra income. I have many fond memories of working in the garden with my dad.
Besides, in this day of over-processed food - a little “fresh” food could be just what the doctor ordered.
Some of us just like growing vegetables! Try it, you may like it!
If you’ve ever had a home grown tomato you’ll see what I mean.
We have a large garden spot but that’s common where I live since I live on a farm and grew up on a farm.
Until my dad had his stroke and became immobile he planted acres and acres of everything; beans, tomatoes, corn, you name it, and allowed anybody that was willing to work pick as much as they wanted for free. Mom canned and froze what they would eat and the neighbors got the rest. Dad said he just liked to see it grow but refused to let it go to waste. His yard had a sign in it every year that said “Free vegetables, you pick”. :-)
What a cool thing to do! Years ago, it was custom in Germany, to have a fruit tree in your front yard, for those who might be short.
Hank Williams, Jr.: A Country Boy Can Survive
thats how pol pot got started
I think this is a GREAT idea...!!!!!
Times are getting tough.While driving to a service call a few weeks ago I saw a dead squirrel laying in the road.An oncoming pick-up truck stops,the guy gets out and tosses the squirrel in the bed of the truck.Roadkill stew?
Squirrel brain can carry the prion that causes Mad Cow Disease.
Dad did that for as long as I can remember. Even though he can’t farm any longer they still have an apple orchard he started 20 years ago and people come pick apples. Two friends of my husband mentioned last Fall that they wished they had some good farm grown apples and I invited them to Mom and Dad’s to pick. I picked 6 bushels and they filled up a pickup truck. There were still thousands of apples left on the trees. I made apple butter and jelly until I ran out of room to store it so I gave it for Christmas presents. There is nothing better than organically farm grown apples and other fruit. I can’t stand the soft tasteless apples that are sold in grocery stores. Yuck!
We live in one of those type of areas. When my husband had his wreck a few years ago and I couldn’t make a garden, it was common for me to come home from work and find several bushels of corn, sacks of okra, beans, tomatoes and numerous other things that neighbors dropped off while I was at work. Nobody goes hungry in this neighborhood.
Fortunately there is plenty of fertilizer flowing out of Washington DC. All you can use and then some.
Sounds like a great place to live.
Real garden ping list needed here. I worked in mine today.
Hopefully the tarring and feathering of traitors and useless politicians.
I hope to get a greenhouse to raise my own crops. Fruits and veggies and other tasty stuff, year round growing.
Does this look like a good deal? I’ve just acquired enough land for a real garden.
Melinda, everyone should be blessed with the kind of community you describe. And yes, when it comes to taste, home grown wins over store bought every time.
More likely an updated version of this:
What would be wrong with growing a garden for money, anyway?
My mother grew a huge garden every year to supplement her husband’s retirement check. That garden paid for itself and all the sheep, goat, duck and chicken feed for the entire year.
With a little work, they had milk, eggs, butter, meat and tons of fresh, frozen and canned veggies. The retirement check went to the mortgage, utilities, provisions they couldn’t grow themselves, gas and vehicle maintenence.
They also rented out their land to hunters in the fall. “Give us one deer and you and your party can hunt freely for two straight weeks.”
They were poor, but they ate *very* well.
I’m putting in a large garden this year. *If* I manage to get a good harvest, I plan on selling some of it to reimburse myself for the cost of the tiller, seeds, water, etc.
I’m not gardening for the fun of it. I’m gardening to save money and to feed my family. If I actually make a little on the side, I will do so.
Heck! I need to sell some if it just to buy more canning jars!
We have a large garden every summer and a flock of chickens year round. Love the fresh food but never figured a way to make money off it. Without a doubt we put much more money into both the garden and the chickens than we get out of them in food.
Sour Dough Bread.
Quick Starter, you only do this once.
2 1/2 cups bread flour, 10 bucks for 25 pounds at Sam's Club.
2 cups warm water.
1/3 cup white vinegar. Bacteria do best at low pH's
4 TBS sugar.
1 packet yeast.
One 3.5 pound Folgers Coffee can.
Dump all the above in the can, mix and let sit for a couple of days.
Add two cups of flour to your starter, mix and wait for it to foam and bubble.
Take 2 cups of starter, Barm, and 2TBS of margarine, butter, oil, or bacon grease. two to four tbs of sugar. 1 tsp of salt and mix with 2.5 cups of flour. p>Mix and knead for 15 minutes, dough should be tacky not sticky, add water or flour to correct.
Let rest for 30 Minuit's.
Let it rise until doubled, a couple of hours.
Degas genitally, and divide into two greased loaf pans.
Let rise until doubled, a couple of hours.
Bake in 350 degree oven for an hour or so, internal temps 195 thru 205 degrees, and the bottom sounds hollow.
Cool for 30 minute's. Put starter in fridge for next time. You have to feed the starter abouts once a week 1 cup of flour and one cup of water if you don't use it, keep the bugs alive.