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Proceed with Caution April 1, 2009

Posted by liajo in garden thoughts and ideas, How to tips.
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organic20produceIt seems like everyone is looking for ways to save money, and many have decided that growing their own food would be a great way to do that.  I agree, I haven’t bought a tomato product in years.  But if your new to vegetable gardening please proceed with caution.

One local gardening expert was on the news saying anyone could grow their own vegetables with an investment of $30 or less.  I think the money estimate may be kind of low. 

And besides money you need to consider time.  Watering, mulching, weeding, pruning, staking and even harvesting, it all takes time.  I love doing it but my husband considers it a form of punishment.  He helps with fence building and greenhouse building and then heads inside and waits to eat the fresh produce.

In order for the garden to be sustainable through the winter you need to plant a lot, and know how to store it.  Last year I had about 12 tomato plants for 2 people.  That’s a lot of tomatoes,  and they’d rot if I didn’t preserve them.  My favorite way of persevering is drying.  I dried pounds of tomatoes and zucchini which I then froze in single serving.  Their great in all sorts of dishes.

Trust me, I want everyone that has a yard, patio or window sill to grow a garden.  But I also realize that as fun as I think my growing gardens are, they aren’t every ones idea of fun.  I also want all these new gardeners to keep gardening for years to come. 

So plant your seed, but realize the true cost pay off may be a couple years down the road.

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1. starlaschat - April 2, 2009

Ive already thought of the work and cost ahead and that’s OK. I do already have a very small garden. But I want to expand and the big thing is learn more. I’d say I’m pretty good with flowers but you can’t eat flowers so I’m excited to learn more. I think I’ll start small and go from there. Last year we learned to can my husband and I that was fun but also time consuming.

2. starlaschat - April 3, 2009

Seeds are sprouting.I sure could use some sun.;+).

3. liajo - April 4, 2009

That was fast, the seed are sprouting already, what type of seeds? I understand about the sun, we could use some here too. Been snowing off and on for 10 days after getting almost none all winter.


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