Friday

5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Garden Next Year

1. The price of vegetables are going up and up and will go even higher in the future. All food prices are going up and vegetables are one of the things that we can grow ourselves, no matter where we are. Container gardens, patio gardens or backyard gardens can produce an amazing amount of food.

2. There are not enough vegetables grown in the US for everyone to have a healthy amount of them. According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service via Off The Grid News which goes on to say that "...the supply of vegetables in the United States has been falling since 2000." And much of that goes to french fries and ketchup!

3. Your kids (and you!) will enjoy watching the garden vegetables grow. What better way to teach a child the wonders of life than show them how to plant a seed and how much patience it takes to wait for life to show. Then you can remind them and yourself how tiny that one seed was when you bring in armloads of produce.

4. You can stock your pantry and freezer with canned, dehydrated and frozen food that's healthier to eat than most produce in the store. You don't have to add those unpronounceable chemicals to your own home canned, dehydrated food and frozen food and you know how much salt and/or sugar is in it.

5. It's convenient to step outside and pick a salad or vegetables to cook for dinner. What can I say about that? If you prefer to get the kids ready, drive to the store, resist temptation and children's pleas, find the produce, pick through it, stand in line at the checkout then pay for it, go for it. I'd rather step outside, choose what I want and get back in the kitchen to finish making the meal.

So think about it. If you didn't put out a garden this year or have never put out one or you did put out one but found a few things lacking, decide right now and plan on growing a variety of vegetables and putting them up for next year. You won't have to depend on the grocery store for the healthiest vegetables ever!



Wednesday

Ready for Autumn!

Along about this time of year the whisper of autumn becomes stronger and stronger...  Sunflowers compete with yellow buses along country roads, the sky takes on a certain shade of blue and the deep shadows of the big trees across the alley linger just a little longer every morning.

Changing seasons, changing lives. There's a sense of renewal in autumn, a sort of taking a deep breath and starting out with a sense of purpose to prepare for the winter ahead. Although not all of us have to cut wood and preserve the whole harvest and begin making warm clothing, autumn is nevertheless a time of preparation.

Feeling the need to get ready for cold weather is not a throwback to caveman days or beyond. Our parents or grandparents needed to make autumn preparations. If we're smart, we'll do the same, even if what we do has changed.

What do we need to do in the autumn, before cold weather?

  • Have furnaces checked and change the filter.
  • Clean out coat closets. Check sizes, wear and so on, to see what needs to be replaced before cold weather.
  • Have our cars tuned up and ready for cold weather driving. Make sure our tires are okay for ice and/or snow.
  • Tend the harvest. Can, dehydrate and freeze produce that is cheap right now for frugal winter eating.
  • Take a look at window casings and doors and make any repairs that are needed. Replace caulking, tighten hinges, install weather stripping.
  • Take advantage of sales on garden tools, paper, pens, pencils and fresh root vegetables.
  • Look to nature to provide decorations and inspiration for our homes. Everything from river rock to dramatic "weeds" can be used creatively. 

There's a lot more to it besides the way we feel, although the "feeling in the air" makes us sometimes hurry to get things accomplished before... something or other. It only makes good money sense to preserve what we can, to get ready for the times of (winter) lean in the times of (summer) fat. In other words, the more prepared we are, the less the winter will cost us and that's a frugal fact.

Friday

As Summer Turns to Fall

I found this tucked away on the computer. The seasons are changing again - and as if they never have before, I watch in wonder as everything slowly moves from summer to fall. 
 
And the wheel goes round and around and around.

Summer turns to fall, frost and then a little snow.
Winter turns to spring and on and on it goes

I found a beloved stone and in my mind
It was polished and perfected, then the flaws began to show
The stone began to crumble and seem cold and far away

Shall I put it down and look for another?
Or shall I just put it down?
Or shall I keep holding it, waiting for summer to return...

Should I walk away...
Another stone will appear. Perhaps.

And summer turns to fall... and on it goes. 

Leaving little bits of us behind to turn dry and blow on the wind.

Winter turns to spring and on and on it goes.