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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Simple Economics

A package of seeds costs a whole dollar at the evil empire. Yeah, yeah, but any seed is better than no seed at all.

Hot house cucumbers are up to $1.49 at the market right now.

If we can get one seed to grow into one plant and produce one cucumber, we're up $.49.

We have several vines of several varieties growing, mostly heirloom/open polinated types. We still have plenty of seeds, too. It's a small saving, but the small savings add up. Not buying cukes means I can put that money towards meat for the winter.

At $2 - $5 a jar for pickles, I need to learn how to make my own...save more at the market, never mind that home grown/homemade is usually superior.

Tomatoes at the market ("vine"ripe my fat fanny) are upwards of $3 a pound. One plant producing one tomato would set me ahead almost a buck. We have a dozen or so, a mix of types, and they are loaded. Again with needing to learn how to can - water bath method as I don't have and cannot afford a presure canner at this time. I really should learn how to use the dehydrator to full advantage, as well - did some blueberries, but they went a bit long and are more crispy than raisinish...oh,well...

We haven't yet purchased okra at the market - no need.

Eggplant, onions, peppers, potatoes, squash, melons, beans, peas, lettuce, cabage, strawberries, blueberries, assorted herbs...on and on...it all adds up.

Considering today's economy, you can hardly go wrong investing a buck or two...

How does your garden grow?


Amanda said...

Wow, what a great way to think of the investment in seeds!

Rob Houston said...

I've been making homemade pickles over the last few days... if they turn out right I can show ya :)

SciFiChick said...

What a glorious bounty~ If there is ever anything I can do to help with your learning to preserve some of that wonderful stuff, I would be more than happy to help. Waterbath canning is pretty simple and only requires some jars,lids and big ol' pot. As for the dehydrator... that's my very favorite thing to do, so again, if you ever need any help or even just someone to talk to about that stuff, I'm always hanging around the Big Blue "Somewhere" ;-)

That Janie Girl said...

I want to plant a garden! I'm impressed with yours!

Momlady said...

I think I see buying you jars. Pint or quart?