How Many Of You

United States
March 28, 2009 11:44pm CST
How many of you plant your own gardens and can the things that grow? I just started doing that last summer and this winter I have saved so much money not buying spaghetti sauce and stewed tomatoes, and dill pickles, and sweet pickles, I make zucchini breads and desserts, I do many things with squash. I froze apples and have homemade apple pie. It is amazing how much you can save
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
30 Mar 09
i have a brown thumd instead of a green one. my neighbor & i planted a garden & it didn't do worth a hoot. i do have a friend w/pear & apple trees who sharws w/me. i froze apples & made pear preserves. i buy corn at the farmer's market to put in the freezer so i don't save any money doing that but it's good.
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
30 Mar 09
The next time you eat pumpkin, save the seeds. Plant ONE in a pot and it will grow. When it's big enough and looking healthy, dig an area in your yard and mix some fertilizer and some of the potting soil from your original pot into the dirt with your shovel. It only takes a minute, so it's not hard. You just need to get the soil right. Then when the soil is all light and mixed, put your plant in. Put some mulch around the plant while it's growing. Then just remember to water it a bit! You'll have more pumpkin than you know what to do with.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
30 Mar 09
that was very nice of you to go to the trouble of telling me that. thank u so much. there is just one problen. i don't like pumpkin. sorry.
• United States
30 Mar 09
I actually do like pumpkin but I do not know what to do with it...is it I scrape the inside of the pumpking after the seeds are out and then do what to it? Also what do I have to do to it to freeze it? I would love to make a pumpkin pie straight from the pumpkin
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@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
30 Mar 09
My family used to farm alot. We victory gardened in the city...and this year, now that we're back in the country, we're farming again...and we're going to be canning, drying, freezing as much of our harvest as possible. It's my two-year-plan, hopefully by the end of 2010, it'll not only save us a huge chunk of our money...but turn us a small profit, as well.
• United States
30 Mar 09
That sounds like a wonderful plan. I am just learning about the canning..have not tried drying yet....can you tell me some things and how to do it.
• United States
30 Mar 09
Drying can be hard depending on where you live, what equipment you have, and how experienced you are -- but generally, it's easier than canning. Most people put things on cookie sheets and let them dry at low temperature for most of the day. This works okay for making fruit leather, as well. BUT you can dry virtually ANYTHING if you have a dehydrator. Herbs you don't need equipment for. Harvest and let dry via hanging, or laying out in open...dry, air.
• United States
1 Apr 09
I had a dehydrater once...kiwi and strawberries are yummy dried. I also made my own beef jerky...it was so good
@j47lee (741)
• Canada
30 Mar 09
I am trying to grow cucumbers this year... and maybe tomatoes this year.... i already have an apple and pear tree..... have a grape vine.. but its soooo sour..... hmm... i grow onion leaves too..... what else do you guys recommend i should grow???
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
30 Mar 09
Peas and beans are so easy to grow! You could also grow pumpkin very easily too. Try strawberry plants in hanging baskets from your patio or pergola. They're pretty and they taste great.
• United States
30 Mar 09
I love squash and Zucchini. There are many great recipes out there for it. Strawberries are great and come back up the following year. I also like cantalope...but dont't know if you can freeze that. Does anyone else know?
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
30 Mar 09
I've been growing all of my own vegetables and many fruits since I bought my home 4 years ago. It doesn't take long, it's not expensive or difficult - and it saves so much money to be able to go shopping in my own yard.
• United States
30 Mar 09
Isn't that the best part! Everytime you go to your garden is like a shopping spree!
• United States
30 Mar 09
I try to have as much as I can handle growing. There is nothing that compares to food picked right out of the yard. I think that once you have tried to grow a garden on your own you will never think the same about the food you buy at the store. We are planning our garden right now. I know we will grow tomatoes because they are my favorite, but we are also thinking cucumbers, zuchini, peas, peppers, and maybe potatos. I hope to have a great garden this year.
• United States
30 Mar 09
Another interesting thing that you can use from your yard is dandelions and clover and they are actually quite good...I sautee them top parts in butter until they are a light golden brown and they are actually quite good
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
29 Mar 09
I have a garden in the summer but, I don't know how to can. My mom has a garden and we try to grow different items that we both like so we can share. She has a farm with chickens and ducks so she gives us eggs and I use coupons and get items for almost free and sometimes free so I give her things. It would be much easier if we were neighbors but, we live about 20 minutes away from each other.
• United States
29 Mar 09
I could give you some tips I learned last year. Let me know
@littleowl (7157)
8 Apr 09
Hi summerfire, if I was to grow anything in my back garden my two dogs would eat it! That includes flowers lol...but I have a friend who does and they too save a lot of money on veg which sometimes in supermarkets costs a bomb nowadays, also my next door neighbor grows vegetables in her garden and saves money thaat way too she is absolutely chuffed too as it is the first time she has done it..bb littleowl
@vworld4u (144)
• India
2 Apr 09
I really love to have my own garden and gardening myself. I still remember the days when my mother used to grow all types of vegetables in our garden in our village. We never used to purchase any of the vegetables and milk from outside. These items grown in our garden are very fresh, there by very healthy without any chemicals whatsoever. After moving to a city, we really faced problem getting enough space to grow anything and stopped. Even now my mom grows spaghetti in my home itself, but in small amount. It is good to hear that you are doing such a good work! It is one part of saving our world to avoid chemicals! Good luck!
@laglen (19779)
• United States
2 Apr 09
We grow a lot of produce. I haven't tried my hand at canning, but I dry my herbs and peppers, and freeze veggies and fruits. It kills me to actually have to buy produce.