Yes, we grow our own vegetables and fruits. We have a huge garden, where we grow a variety of potatoes ( kennebec, pontiac red potatoes, yuckon gold and sweet potatoes) and we store them over the winter. I also can the small whole potatoes which come in handy for fried potatoes. They are very tasty and convenient. We also grow our own asparagus,lettuce, cabbage, spinach, onions, radishes, corn,peas, green beans, beets, green peppers, lots of tomatoes, carrots. Sometimes we grow eggplants and okra, but haven't this year. We also grow blueberries, strawberries, rhurbarb and blackberries. We had in the past had apples and pears but the satorms had blown them down and we did not replace. We also have our own pecan trees.
We love to can and therefore, our vegetables do not go to waste and they taste so much better than the store boughten ones.
We raise our own chickens and therefore have fresh brown eggs every day. After the chickens are past the laying stage, we butcher them for chicken soup and dumplings. Yum yum!! We also can homemade soups, using our vegetables and chicken in the soup.
05/02/2010 - 2:12pm
We have a yard that's full of oak trees and only spots with enough sun to support most crop plants, but we today we planted two tomato plants and a new-to-me type of Mexican sweet pepper, and are planning to grow Kentucky Wonder pole beans against the warm and sunny side of our garage. I also planted one arugula and will be succession-planing some arugula seeds, as well as dill, borage, parsley, basil, and thyme. I hope that they will all naturalize in my garden. I have a large rosemary plant that is in its fourth year. I want to find a Tuscan kale plant or seeds and other easy-to-grow green garden veggies that can thrive among our landscape plants.
05/01/2010 - 6:37pm
As a farmwife/partner I have raised chicken,rabbit,turkey,lamb,beef,pork and most of the vegetables we eat. Canning and freezing are part of our life. If I couldn't get my fingers into soil, I don't know what I would do.
Also worked in town while doing all this for 45 years. Still have started another garden this year at 69.
Keeps me sane. MaryJo
05/01/2010 - 1:04am
I grew up with older parents who went thru the depression. We grew and canned all our food. Now I freeze, can, and or dry my foods although some ways might be a little more modern, but I still do it. I really would love a root cellar like my grandparents had in NC. Oh it was a dream and then an underground spring (still working today) was in the next side of the shed type place that lead into the cellar, The only vegetable I buy in the summer is fresh corn on the cob. My husband and I grow all the rest and as I said still put things by. I never grew up wondering where food came from.
04/30/2010 - 9:01pm
I'd love to but I live in a 4th floor condo.
04/30/2010 - 4:52pm
Growing our own fruits and veggies is a hobby that has many benefits. (Our neighbors even enjoy some of the benefits when there's an abundance of produce.) Most of what we can't consume in the summer gets canned or frozen to use during the cold months. I can't imagine life without my garden! It must be healthy for me. I'm in my 60's, and I'm on no medications.
04/30/2010 - 3:32pm
Fresh herbs are a necessity - parsley, basil, dill, chives, mint, cilantro & arugula. They grow well in a small space or containers. I don't have any right now, and with all of the rain this El Nino year, the snails and slugs number in the thousands! When we're done with our remodel, scheduled for this summer, I'll attempt to plant another round.
04/29/2010 - 5:45pm
These eating well plans are great! It would make it a lot easier if a grocery list could be printed so we don't have to review each recipe and write it down. Just a thought.
04/29/2010 - 11:45am
we have several blueberry bushes, since blueberries are upwards of 4. pint and have so many good antioxidants and so many good ways to eat, we harvest several gallons a year, also grow our own veg garden for summer salads and winter stews and seasonings, saving money as well as environment
04/29/2010 - 3:46am
there is more to 'grow your own' than you can imagine. it works, ppl, it works OhSoWell (tm). produce produce on youur front/back porch.