Saturday, June 7, 2014

Spend Less Time in the Grocery Store and More in the Garden!

I was giving someone a ride and in the back of my Durango had an assortment of plants.  They asked if I needed help planting the garden.  For me, planting is not a one time event.  I'm always planting something because my goal is to always have something to harvest from the garden.

Most people are hobby gardeners and there truly is no more rewarding hobby, but can gardening really provide food for you family year round?  Is it affordable and possible? This has been my goal the last 11 years in New Harmony.  The key to being able to feed your family from your garden instead of the grocery store is in proper planting times, crop protection, and succession planting.  Most gardeners hit the garden centers around Memorial Day and plant the garden in one day.Don't misunderstand nothing is wrong with that I just have a more extensive vision.

Gardening season never ends in my mind.  Four season gardening and succession planting provide our family with continual harvests.  Canning, drying, and freezing take care of the winter months.

So this week while most people were planting I was harvesting and planting and weeding.  This is what we ate from our garden:

Spinach & Strawberries- Strawberry & Spinach Salad
Strawberry Rhubarb:  Rhubarb Strawberry Cobbler
Rhubarb and last years frozen raspberries:  Rhubarb Raspberry Freezer Topping
Chinese Cabbage-  Cabbage Salad, Cabbage Lime Cole Slaw
Peas:  irresistible eaten fresh
Lettuce:  Salads
Broccoli:  Steamed with lemon
Kale:  Salads and Smoothies
Pak Choi:  Stir Fry

If time and interest are concerns then gardening as a hobby in the summer is great but, yes, you absolutely can eat year round from a garden.  It is very rewarding and delicious experience. With the prices in the grocery store on the rise, it is also much more affordable.  The health benefits and safety of your food is also a bonus.

So to those like minded individuals who enjoy the lifestyle of self-reliance and provident living dig in and enjoy the satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from providing as much of your own food as possible.

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