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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Partial Shade Growing

I realized after my last post I didn't include vegetables that can grow in partial shade.   Here it is:

1.Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, and cress.





6.Brussels Sprouts


8.Swiss Chard

9.Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale


My fertile bed for tomatoes is partially shaded and they do fine.  I think it gives them a break from the heat.  The rule of thumb is if it is a root or bears fruit it needs full sun. 
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gardening Space

Here in the south we are are known for our beautiful trees.  Magnolias, Water and Live Oaks and the dreaded popcorn trees.  I have four beautiful trees on my property but when you are trying to garden as much as possible they do get in the way.   Oaks are slow to grow, but they do grow.  In planning my garden one bed was placed too close to a Water Oak.  Even though I have had several years growing in this bed this will be the last year and only half will be used.  Next year I will lose my neighbors plot and my more fertile bed.   I'm not discouraged though,  where there is a will...
I am hoping to have constructed by the end of the growing season this year several smaller beds and will use more containers.   When I lose my potato bed I will be growing in either barrels or tires. 

Vegetables that can grow in containers are:
Green onion
Leaf Lettuce

Vertical options are:
Green Beans

Keywords in seed shopping for smaller varieties are:  dwarf, compact, tiny, space saving, small, bush and slim.

Space under trees in the winter, when the leaves are shed, can serve for a greenhouse for winter growing.  Here in the south you would have to treat it as a short growing season though.  Some people have also grown mushrooms in the shade.  As always explore your possibilities.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Food, Clothes and Gas

Food, clothing and gas all going up.  I've been mentioning this on and off in previous posts.  I hope that you are buying as cheap as you can and stocking up.   It's warming up Mississippi!  Time to get it ready and get it in the ground.  While you are doing that make a side list of what you will need to store and process what you are growing when it comes in.  Need more bags, buckets, canning jars or lids?  Make a list and look for sales. 
Clothes?  Even if it means buying fewer items, buy well made, sturdy clothes.  Hang them on the line to dry, the clothes drier eventually eats more than socks.
Gas?  Watch your prices and drive where you need to go. 
With prices rising, I would try to stock as much as you can hold, as cheaply as you can.  I would save living off your stores completely without rotation for when you truly have to.  I know that this is my opinion but I don't think we have seen the end of the price hike.
Ammo, another thing I would stock up on this year, why?  Next year is an election year and we all know what that does to ammo pricing and shortages. 

I've been looking around to see what everyone else is doing/writing about this also.
To expand your garden horizons check out Arizona Prepper.  
Need to start a pantry?  See Vermont Prepper.
Prep on the cheap?  Texas Prepper has you covered.

Now on food shortages..Kellene Bishop is writing a series on this on Preparedness Pro that I don't think you will want to miss.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Extreme Couponing

by Belle

I saw a program the other night on TLC called "Extreme Couponing". It showed the stories of 4 different people who use massive amounts of coupons and say between 95-98% on their groceries every month. (All of the values that are given are approximate. I was too busy with my jaw dropped to write down the figures).This one lady have over $900 worth of groceries and with all her coupons only paid like $2 and change. This other man ordered 22 cases of total cereal and with his coupons and double coupons and in store sale, the cereal came out to be free. He said that he was going to donate all of that to his church food pantry. I saw these peoples garages and all of the shelving stocked with everything imaginable from food, detergent, TP and personal products- everything that you could need for years and all I could do was sit there and dream of how I would like something like that for myself and my family. Mind you, I do not think that I have that kind of time to put into that for those massive amounts of products, nor do I think that I could store all of that food for a family of three and actually use it before it expired. But if I learn to do this and save at least half of the money I spend ever month, I could use that money for other prepper things that I would not have coupons for; like that Honda generator that I have been eyeing. My Husband told me about a website called "The Grocery Game". It is a subscription service and they match the coupons from your paper and those you get in the ole mailbox and match them to the sales in the store. A real time saver. Starting this weekend, I am going to browse that site and see how it all works and them I am going to try my hand at this. I will keep you posted and after my first trip to the store doing this, I may just post the actual receipt. If you read this and you know about this from actual practice, any tips would be great. After I saw that show, all I could say was "Who Knew?" :D

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