Thursday, April 07, 2011

Gardening & Fuel

I'm so glad it is Thursday!  Today's post was inspired by a conversation at work today, gardening and the price of produce in stores.  With the CRAZY increase of fuel prices, food prices will go up also.  Gas in Salina this week jumped from $3.39 to $3.49 to $3.59!  Since when did gas have to jump in 10 cent increments, what happened to 1 or 2 cents?! 

You may be asking what fuel has to do with gardening, well let me tell you!  Produce in stores is rarely grown locally. Instead it is shipped from far off places like Guatemala, Mexico, and who knows where else.  This causes produce prices to rise and sadly many people avoid produce due to the high prices.  I try not to buy produce in the winter since most of the produce is picked way before it is ripe and shipped from all over...usually not even in the US. 

So growing your own produce will save you TONS of money this summer.  It is time to start preparing to plant, so I thought it would be a great time to share some ideas for gardening.  Gardens can be planted in pots, hay bales, a garden bed, inside or outside.  Since we are moving to AL soon, I am struggling with waiting to start my garden. As soon as we get to AL I plan to grow tomatoes & peppers in big pots, lettuce and herbs in pots inside the house, and I hope to attempt garlic and strawberries. 

Home Farming Day is April 12. The website has a good video on using pots to plant produce. Check it out here. There is lots of other information on the Home Farming website regarding farming. 

I'm very interested to try and grow some plants in a hay bale. I first leaned about this method from MckMama. Google growing plants in hay bales and you can find lots of information! Have you tried to growing plants in a hay bale? I would love to hear your experiences.

Growing your own garden saves you money and allows you & your family to know what you are eating. If gardening is too overwhelming for you, I encourage you to buy your produce at local farmers markets.  Look for produce stands that are pesticide/chemical free and organic if possible.  So, your earthday challenge is to try growing some plants this summer to have home grown produce or start shopping at the farmers market. 

Do you garden or shop at farmers market?  If you have tips & tricks we would love to hear them.

Til' next time,

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