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May 19, 2010 • Paige

We bought two blueberry bushes for $9.00 each, and they are already putting off blueberries. 

We have seven tomato plants – this one is “husky” cherry tomato!

Cucumber in the back, several different kinds of basil, oregano, dill and an un-identified shrub.

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Adventures in Gardening

May 17, 2010 • Paige

Green beans, black-eyed peas, corn, squash, and snow peas.   Everything except the squash is from seed, which was really cheap.

We’ve scavenged or found long sticks and pipes for bean poles.We laid down sheets of cardboard to help block the grass and weeds from coming back. 
Those cost us nothing!   

Cucumber plants! These are from seed.

Green beans, black-eyed peas, corn, and squash.  We used wood from the shed and flattened cardboard boxes to block weeds.  The bean poles are scavenged from our shed, as well.

We enclosed an area that doesn’t get used.  The fence was stretched along the diagonal, reducing the number of  t-poles we needed to find or buy.  We found one and bought two.

The middle pot has rosemary and carrots.  The yellow pot is just carrots, but it was planted the same day as the middle pot.  Carrots LOVE rosemary, apparently!

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Food in the pantry: Better than money in the bank?

May 12, 2010 • Paige

I’ve come across this saying a few times:  “Food in the pantry is better than money in the bank.”

For a long time, I didn’t agree with it.  I thought that having money in hand (or in the bank) meant that my family was secure in case “anything happened”. In some ways, that can be true, however – you can live without everything except food, water, and shelter. 

If something catastrophic were to happen as some people are predicting with the US economy and money system – the dollars in your wallet and the bank would potentially be worth absolutely nothing, yet the food in your pantry would suddenly become an extremely valuable asset. We need only look at what happened during the Great Depression to know this is true. In any true emergency, the last thing you want is for your family to be hungry.  If your family is fed, you are free from that worry and can focus on the situation at hand. 

Don’t want for an emergency to occur to begin preparing. It is easy to build up an emergency supply of extra food. Simply buy a couple of extra cans of a sale item, or an extra bag or two of dry beans every chance you get. Don’t worry about your efforts being “too small”, just get started however you can.

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Frugal gardening tips

May 8, 2010 • Paige

Before you buy plants, look closely at how many plants there are in the pot.  Sometimes you can find up to four or five plants in a single pot, for the same price as a pot that has only one plant.  Use a sharp knife to cut the roots, rather than tearing them apart. 

A piece of card board will kill grass and weeds better than a roll of the black plastic stuff sold for the purpose.  Save flattened cardboard boxes year round and you will never have to buy anything to kill grass and weeds, and the cardboard will compost.  Try to use cardboard with only minimal amounts of inks and dyes.

You don’t have to buy pots for plants. Almost anything can be used to grow something in.  Buckets, trash cans, plastic food containers, baskets lined with plastic – anything that can be cut or drilled to allow water to drain.  Save the flimsy temporary pots that your plants come in – they work just fine.

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