I haven't started my garden yet. It is warm enough to just put them in the ground. Ours is a community garden in our front yard so I need to get the word out to my neighbors to see who wants to join in this Spring.
The start up to canning can be really expensive. There are ways around that of course, find a relative or friend who wants to get rid of their jars or see if someone is offering them on freecycle. Then all you would need to do is get rings and lids, unless they gave you rings also. Pressure canners are very expensive, but a water bath canner is not. You can can foods that are more acidic in a water bath, like tomatoes and most fruits. Also pickles. Things like meats and beans and corn need to be pressure canned. I'm not sure how much you save in the long run, but for me, it tastes better, I know where it came from, and I control what goes into it, like how much salt and sugar I use.
current weight: 140.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,542) Posts: 227 3/16/11 11:15 A
I just got my potting soil today. I can hardly wait to start my seeds. I love having a garden. I plan on lettuce, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, corn, squash, beans and peas. I have 4 kids so we usually plant quite a bit and I like to can some of it to get us through the winter so our garden is usually pretty big.
This year I started seedlings inside too! I am growing basil, parsley, tomatoes and green peppers so far. I am thinking of starting some flowers too. I bought some inexpensive grow lights from a home improvement store and so far they are doing great.
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current weight: 177.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,542) Posts: 227 3/15/11 12:04 P
Last year I started seeds in doors and had a little garden outside. It was mostly experimental to see what was easy to grow and how it/I would do with it. Then I bought a house and had to move and took a few plants with me. Well this year I started seedlings again. It is sooo much fun. I like to see what is growing. I need to start scoping out my yard to see how much sun shines where so when its time to plant outside I know what goes where.
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