Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Plant a Garden! Inflation's gonna getcha.

I was listening to the news today, and one of the news items was that the CEO of Wal-Mart has said that inflation is going to be serious.  He said that Wal-Mart has "already seen price increases among dairy and cotton productions, and that more increases are coming in transportation-related products like paper."  He said "inflation could start to affect the retailer later in the year."  In June we will really be seeing the prices go up, even more so than they already have.  We've seen the prices on milk go up 35cents a gallon, and the other dairy will soon follow.  Gas prices are hovering right around $4 per gallon.  Gulp.

I don't know about you, but we have NO leeway or room in our budget to pay more for ANythING.  

The beautiful Missouri sky~perfect gardening conditions.
One of the things that has always helped us is eating the produce that we have grown ourselves.  There have been summers that we've basically lived on tomatoes, basil and zucchini!  The kids were so tired of zucchini, since we had it in bread, as fried as pancakes, sauteed with dinner, in brownies, and even in cookies.  I am really going to miss my grandpa and dad's garden this year, let me tell you.  We've got plans for a garden here, and some pots on the porch, too.  We are also going to try these home-made topsy-turvy planters for some tomato plants on our front porch.  (for other tutorials just google it, there are tons!)  There is nothing like eating tomatoes picked from your own garden.

Rare Seeds has a huge variety of heirloom seeds, and they are very inexpensive.  Especially if you order with a friend or two and split the packs.

We've started basil and oregano in eggshells.  I just cracked the top off, emptied the shells to use, filled with starting soil, and popped in some seeds.  Monkey helped with that part.  We've been keeping them watered and have little one-inch sprouts.  I've also cut water bottles off about three inches from the bottom.  We're using the bottom cup part to plant more seeds in for starting, zucchini and cucumbers, nothing exotic.

So, for just a few dollars, some recycled containers, and time (then patience to wait for the growing plants) we've got our garden started.  I'll do a post with pictures later since I have a camera with dead batteries.

Get your garden planned and planted, and you'll be pleased as punch!


Becky @ From Ministry to Motherhood said...

I've heard that soon it will be cheaper to by gluten-free bread then regular bread! Yikes...

This summer I plan to buy as much locally as I can from the farmers around us and freeze a ton. I love preserving and using throughout the winter so I'm hoping that will help too.

I am also hoping to start a garden as well! Thanks for the ideas and the reminder that I've got to get going on it right away!

Adriana Iris said...

Thanks for the visit will follow

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