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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Vegetable garden: It's NOT too late!!

Two things prompt this post. First, I got an email from someone wanting help getting her veggie garden in. We had talked in the past, and she knows it's not too late. Second, Another Prepper has a post today at American Prepper. He shares a touching story and asks for suggestions on how to stretch your food $s. Immediately I think, "grow your own!"  

I like American Prepper's philosophy: Freedom through teaching others self-reliance. It's what I do: teach people to grow their own produce, and prepare & preserve its bounty. (Not selling you anything, but here's my web site.)

It is not too late to put in a vegetable garden. On June 30, there are some things to take into consideration when planning your garden. But it's not too late to plant a garden that could potentially keep you in beans, squash, pickles, peppers, tomatoes, collards, okra, ...,  all winter! And it's certainly the right time to plan a fall garden with lettuce, mustand greens, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, ... .

Objections? 

Costs too much. Hogwash. A packet of yellow squash seeds is about $1.50. If all you grew was squash, you'd also have to buy a bag or two of rotted composted manure. That's $3.00 total. Total expenditure = less than $5. Six squash plants (you can save the rest of the seeds for next year) will produce about 24 pounds of squash, which-- and not including what you eat fresh this summer-- makes about 15 pounds of frozen sliced squash, enough to last pretty much all winter, I'd say. What's a pound of frozen squash going for these days? At least $1.50 I'd guess. $1.50 x 15 = $22.50. How does a garden cost too much?

Takes too much time. Poppycock. One nice weekend to get it in, a little pampering while it's getting established, 15 minutes a day just checking on it. Then you harvest. 

Plant a garden. It's not rocket science-- people were growing their own long before you & I came along! If you need help or encouragement, comment or email me: northside.guerilla.farmer@gmail. I'll teach you what I can!

3 comments:

matthiasj said...

Good point. Growing your own food is a lot cheaper than buying it.

matthiasj
Kentucky Preppers Network

Anonymous said...

Awesome info. I put in 6 broccoli and thought it was too late to put in more. Will work on that tomorrow. Is it too late for herbs and can they be preserved for winter?

shelly

Marica said...

Shelly-- Depending on where you are, you could do broccoli now. Here in southwest Ohio, it's too late for a spring crop. But up north, you might be able to pull it off. Broccoli is a cool-season crop. It's does best when planted in the early spring when it will mature in late spring/early summer. Second best is planting in late August so it will mature in the late fall.

Herbs can be started anytime. Annual herbs like basil will do very well now. Perennial herbs like sage & rosemary can be planted now, and you'll have them forever. All can be dried or frozen.

Let m e know if you need more specifics.

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