With price increases are you considering....

@kareng (7980)
United States
February 25, 2009 2:21pm CST
planting a garden this spring? I know I am! I want to plant some tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, squash, hot peppers, and who knows what else! I thought that since prices are on the rise on food as well as everything else, I'd try my hand at some gardening. Is anyone else thinking of putting in a garden this year? And what are you planting?
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
25 Feb 09
hello kareng i hear ya about the high prices of groceries these days. and good luck to you on growing your own garden this spring as well. i am thinking about putting a small garden out, with tomatoes, okra and maybe one more thing. but i guess that tomatoes and okra are two of my favorite things that i enjoy eating. i love eating a ripe tomato on about anything, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, you name it. and i like fried okra as well as pickled okra. i can find a recipe for some pickled okra somewhere on the internet. i do not want to grow anything veggie wise that will spread out and get into my lawn. i want to grow something that will be easy to take care of as well. i do not have much of a green thumb at all. the only houseplants that i have right now, is a vine, and a poinsettia flower that my brother gave me in December last year. lol they are both doing good thou, knock on wood. take care and have a beautiful afternoon.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
25 Feb 09
That's good to hear that your poinsettia is still alive! I've managed to keep all three of mine going too! Have you grown okra before? Is it hard to grow? I've never tried okra! Would be nice to have a meal or two of okra or even put some in the freezer for gumbo in the winter! Good idea! Have a great afternoon!
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
25 Feb 09
nope never tried growing okra, but one of my friend's told me that it was easy to grow thou.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Awesome!
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@shaggin (39894)
• United States
28 Feb 09
With the prices of food going up and all the recalls on everything I think its wise for everyone to start a small garden if they have the space. I have a small garden in my side yard but so far have only grown potatoes and wild strawberries. My sister bought my daughter a really cool gardening book for kids that tells how to grow each type of food and also comes with a packet of seeds for each item. Its really neat. I am going to try to enlarge the garden and plant more things this year. In the past I remember my grandfather growing peppers and potatoes. I tried doing peppers before with no luck but I will try again differently this year. My daughter loves to help me in the garden so it will be a nice time for us. Hopefully we will be able to do it without my son eating to much dirt in the process. I also want to grow tomatoes and cucumbers this year. I think anything that I can grow from home will be wonderful to do something with my own hands instead of paying for it at the store. It will give me a better sense of accomplishment. I need to get the soil checked because I am kind of concerned with if there could be lead in the soil or other impurities that could affect our health. Down back of our house nothing but grass will grow as its all old railroad ash underneath the soil so although its a big piece of land that would be perfect for a garden I cant use that spot.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Your local agricultural agent should be able to test the soil. I think gardening is a great way to spend time with the kids. They love to watch things grow! I hope you have a great garden this year with lots of produce for your efforts! Have a great day!
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@Fishmomma (11423)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I'm sure going to plant a garden. My food bill is sky high. I haven't decided what I'm going to plant this year right now.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Awesome, Fishmomma! I hope you come back and share your pickings of what you will plant! I need some more ideas! Have a great day!
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@missybear (11395)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I wish I could but I'm in an apartment and my balcony is not big enough to put all kinds of plants out there. I've been wanting to get some of the tomatoes that you can grow inside by hanging them upside down in a basket.
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• United States
26 Feb 09
I too live in a small condo in a very cold climate most of the year. What are good plants to grow inside, that can live with very little sun? Any ideas? I would love to grow some of our own vegetables/herbs etc. because not only is it monetarily beneficial it also tastes so much better:)
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@missybear (11395)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I think onions and tomato would probably be good to grow on the balcony.
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• United States
26 Feb 09
We are definitely doing a garden this year! The prices for fresh produce in Alaska are outrageous! We grow corn, squash, bell peppers and tomatoes in a greenhouse, and outside we do all of the leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, cabbage). We also do alot of peas and bush beans, potatoes and onions. I can't wait for break-up so we can get our seeds going!
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@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Hi Karen, I planted on last summer. I froze all my veggies, or ate them fresh or in summer meals. Don't forget to plant some head lettuce to for salads and sandwiches and for fresh eating. Onions, potatoes, different kids of squash, pumpkins, broccoli, kohlrabi, dill, cucumbers, etc. I will planting on again this year too. It sure has helped.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I want to try the lettuce. My husband's uncle has very good luck with it, I just fear that the rabbits will take it all down!
• United States
26 Feb 09
Try the ithaca (spelled something like that) it is a head lettuce, very similar to the stores head lettuce. Just make sure you dig down 12 inches and put some screening or fencing that far down, and then cover over the fencing, over the top, so they can dig under or get to the plants with the wire or mesh up.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Got it! Thanks!
@xParanoiax (6998)
• United States
26 Feb 09
We victory gardened last year, when we were in the city. This year, we're farming. And...well, it's a long list, a little bit of everything really. Several kinds of tomatos, some potatos, edible flowers, some greens, several kinds of peppers (some hot,some sweet, some regular bells...and novelty peppers..like mini bells and such), melons, pumpkins, squash, soybeans, a couple kinds of corn, greenbeans, planting some berry bushes, and we're getting a few trees...dwarfs mostly, fruit trees, since we've only a little more than an acre here. I'm also hoping to get some lemongrass and a dwarf banana. None of the seeds are terribly expensive. The trees are the biggest ticket item. But we got lucky, getting this place, so we can afford a few extra plants than we otherwise would have. Because we refuse to pay those high prices...and to make sure we have an actual choice, we're growing our own food -- this is also our way of protesting the stagnanting job market around here, we're also going to be selling any extra produce we have this year (as well as giving some away, because we know people who need everything they can get). By next year, I might be selling seeds and baby plants as well, if all goes well. I'm taking what I can get and I'm trying to turn it into something that can go on and only get better over the next couple years...'cause I can't change how the economy is or will be, but I can work with my hands, you know?
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• United States
26 Feb 09
P.s. we've already started lettuce, collards, and some herbs inside. I personally have started chives, dandelions, and parsley in small pots already. It's a family effort.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Wow, it sounds like you will have a great garden this year! Also a full time job taking care of it, but it will be so worth it! You have a good plan too! Good luck!
• United States
27 Feb 09
Thanks, the work part's made me question my sanity a little bit through the planning process...but I'm really looking forward to the next two seasons coming up now. It'll definitely be worth it! Good luck with your own efforts, this year!
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
25 Feb 09
last year we planted tomatoes and some herbs and whatnot and this year we will probably do the same. we dont have a large garden but i find during the summer, the prices of freshly grown local produce to go down a bit in price.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I will definitely have some tomatoes and cucumbers. What kind of herbs do you plant? I would be interested in hearing about that. Thanks and have a great afternoon!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
26 Feb 09
herbs like basit and oregano. we have always grown chives (hubby loves fresh chives on baked potatoes!)
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
26 Feb 09
Yep, I am going to fix baked potatoes this weekend, maybe Friday night so I can put some fresh chives on top! Can't wait!
@benny128 (3621)
25 Feb 09
everybody should grow some stuff them selves, I have kids and they love it when we plant and grow seeds, I currently have a lemon tree apple tree's a pear tree, we are also growing tomatoes in window boxes and maybe have some pea's strawberries and maybe carrots aswell. its all good fun and healthy too
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I totally agree! I had a satsuma tree and tangerine tree at my old house. One of my daughters always brings lemons from her boyfriends' dads' tree. They are the best lemons I've ever eaten. Really sweet for a lemon! Works well with tea too! have a great afternoon!
@benny128 (3621)
26 Feb 09
defo and great for the kids to learn about produce aswell as tasting amazing,
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
26 Feb 09
So true benny128! My kids used to love plants and growing stuff.
@my125125 (822)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 09
Hi Kareng, I don,t have garden because I stay in apartment. If I have my own garden, I would plant some bitter ground, tomatoes, aloe vera, onion, amanrath, and I would like to feed some chicken too.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
You could still have a tomato plant in a pot! They will grow indoors, just put by a window for lots of light! Have a great day!
@my125125 (822)
• Malaysia
4 Mar 09
Kareng, thanks for information, and I will try to plant in my apartment. Happy mylotting!
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I would love to put in a garden and I've always wanted to do so again, but I just can not do it! You see, I cringe just thinking about digging in the dirt! To me it is just like nails on a black board, I simply can not do it! Years ago I did put in a tiny little garden and enjoyed my carrots and tomatoes, but it was pure HELL for me to do it, my nose was running, my eyes were watering, I had chills all up and down my spine, it was hell! It was like sitting right next to a dirty old black board and having to listen to chalk squeak and scrape all day, so no way can I ever do it again! My thumbs even curl up into my palms just thinking about it!
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I forgot to mention the chills and goose bumps traveling all over my body when I scrape a small stone in the dirt, lordy, lordy, lordy!!!
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Hehe, I couldn't help but chuckle! Thanks for the laugh!
@albert2412 (1782)
• United States
3 Mar 09
I wish that I had the room for a nice garden in the backyard. There just is too much shade and not enough room for a nice garden; I might plant some giant sunflower seeds, though. I love flowers.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Sunflowers would be very pretty and provide some food (seeds) for the wild birds! Great idea! Have a wonderful day!
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Yes, i do want to put in a garden this year. i would like to plant some green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, jalapenos, maybe some lettuce, and a few other things. I love to garden but haven t done it for a while . this year is my year.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
What a great motto--"this year is my year"! I love it! Good luck with your garden! Have a wonderful day too!
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
3 Mar 09
i dont mind doing my gardening but the problems is we have no garden
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Get busy then! If you don't have room outdoors fix up a couple of containers indoors :)
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I will be planting one too. I have all this time on my hands because I have no job anymore and I can use some to of that time in a garden it will be a good work out too so I can kill two birds with one stone. I will have vegetables to eat for my health and get some exercise to boot.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
That is true, with putting in a garden and taking care of a garden come exercise! Great way to save money on groceries and get a good workout! Good luck with your garden and have a great day!
@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
27 Feb 09
well let's see... my dad used to have a garden at his house and it was a lot of work. Now at my house I've already killed about 25% of the flowers the previous owners left. Second, there are tons of bunnies around my property already... so... no garden for me thanks :) My dad still plants things randomly like cherry tomatoes, beans and cucumbers. I get plenty of free stuff from them b/c they grow so much of it so I guess I don't need to plant my own :)
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Ah, you have it made. You get fresh vegetables and you don't have to weed or take care of the garden. Lucky you!!
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I would if I had the room for one. It would be a lot cheaper.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
So true! Maybe you could do a few indoor pots for your favorite vegetables? Have a great day!
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
27 Feb 09
My husband and I have thought about planting a garden. We did plant one a couple years ago and we got tomatoes out of it. But we live in South Florida and it does get pretty hot here and either it is very dry in the summer or it rains constantly. Plus, we really didn't know what we were doing. But you are correct in thinking about doing it to save money. Maybe we will plant another one as well.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Same here. I used to be in Central Louisiana but now we are in Southern Mississippi. It's hot to say the least and you never know about the rain. Seems like when it rains it pours. Our weather has been really crazy lately too!
@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
27 Feb 09
I grow vegetables every year - so it'd not a new thing for me - it's mainly since they taste much better when I grow them myself. This year I'll get my green hose (hopefully) and will grow tomatoes. I always grow lettuce, potatoes and onion - that we eat as long as we have some left - I don't have a big space for the potatoes so it's just for a few weeks dinners. Dill and parsley I grow so I have all year - I just freeze it and uses it during the rest of the year. Since we're allowed to pick barries in the forrests here in Sweden even if we don't own the land I pick blueberries and lingonberries so I don't have to by jam in the store. This year I'll try to grow more potatoes and onion so it'll last all year.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Awesome! I think everyone that gardens on a regular basis will try to plant a little more this year! It's great that you have access to free berries! I would love that! Have a great day!
@Ina926 (172)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I know what you mean about food prices and with 6 of us it can get pretty expensive. I already planted my seedlings and am getting ready to transplant them in the ground. That's what I'm going to do tomorrow. I have cantalope, cucumbers, tomatoes, jalapenio peppers, radishes, and spinach. I didn't know that spinach was a winter veggie though, so I don't think it's going to grow. Anyways, gardening is such a pleasure. Happy Mylotting!
@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Awesome, I like your variety! I can't wait to get started! You are all making me want to have a huge garden but I know I won't have the time to plant everything or take care of it. I'll probably stick with just 3-4 items. Got to keep it simple! Have a great day!
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
26 Feb 09
Since I live in Fl., I keep veggies growing all year round. This winter I managed to keep a couple of tomato plants alive and one squash plant kept producing up until this month. I had sugar snap peas and broccoli. The cauliflower is just forming heads as is the cabbage. I have leaf lettuce producing and have more tomato plants producing. I have some beets up and plan on starting carrots and more squash and zuccini. I also grow nasturtiums because you can put the flowers in salads. I make hibiscus tea as they bloom year round. My roses make hips so I can make rose hip tea also. I try not to grow anything unless some part of it is edible. Shalom~Adoniah
@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Awesome! Maybe you can give us some tips? I need to get started here as it is March already and seedlings need to be started indoors! Have a great day and I would love to hear some of your tips and advice!