These past few weekends our family has spent some time outside investing in our food storage for the fall. We hauled duck manure and spread it on the garden the other weekend. Then my wonderful hubby tilled it into the dirt, making it ready for planting. We now had a nice rich expanse of dirt just waiting for seeds to plant and grow.
I started some seeds indoors a few weeks ago so they will be ready for when our last frost is past in about a month. Starting your own seeds is so much cheaper and you have a greater variety to choose from with your plants. Not to mention what a great experience it is for the kids to start plants completely from seeds. Unfortunately I wasn't completely prepared so I will need to buy Roma tomato plants and more green pepper plants, but what I did start will be a great savings.
This past weekend we started in our garden. We planted our potatoes and a few peas. This week we will finish planting the peas and get out the onions and the first planting of lettuce. This is not easy work by any means. You're sore by the end of the day, but it feels so good to know that you'll have some wonderfully nutritious food for the end of the season.
It's so fun to watch the green things grow and to know the fruits of your labor. My children have been much more willing to try new vegetables if the come from our garden that they've helped plant and nurture. I'm amazed at how much this stretches our grocery budget. I never have to buy any spaghetti or pizza sauce because I make my own from the yummy tomatoes, onions, and peppers of my own. Also, I freeze my own beans, corn, peppers, etc.
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Are you planting a garden this year? If so have you started anything yet?
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