Welcome to my Sunday post dedicated to all things garden, landscape, and plant related.
Every week when I go to the grocery store I was spending $3.99 for a container of mixed greens (for my Guinea pigs) and $2.99 for a bag of salad mix for me and the hubbs. EVERY WEEK! Add that up. It's ok- I'll wait....hum hum hum hummity hum hum... Don't forget to carry the...Okay Okay--I will let you figure it out...
Um yeah-it's a lot of money. $362.96 for lettuce per year! I have been harvesting the equivalent of 4-8 ounces of lettuce of every other day for 3 weeks which has been the perfect portions. None is wasted like when I buy it from the store. It isn't sitting in my fridge going to waste. Or turning bad.
This is the mix for my Guinea Pigs. Lettuce, spinach leave, baby radishes and radish greens.
|Washed and ready for the fridge.|
In 3 weeks I have saved myself $20.94*. My seeds have nearly paid for themselves 2 times over. By doing staggered sowing (Sowing new seeds every 2-3 weeks) I can guarantee a continued harvest from Spring up to first freeze. During the really hot months I will need to create a shade house to avoid my lettuce going to bolt (set seed and flower). And it is possible it may get to hot and I won't be able to have my cool weather crops during the hottest part of July and August. Which means I would resume lettuce for September and October. Come winter time I will have to resort to buying it unless I can get a functional greenhouse. Regardless, even if I only get 6-8 months I am still saving mucho dinero. And that makes me happy!
*(Correction to the math-oops!)
|I use the extra vinyl mini blind slats as plant markers!|
|FYI--these are just cherry tomatoes. Wait until you see ALL of the seedlings I have for regular tomatoes, sweet peppers and hot peppers!|
There are 4 little green shoots on it. It's ALIVE!! I have threatened him with bodily harm if he goes near it again--just sayin' . I am so happy, because I don't have any hydrangeas and they make wonderful cut flowers.
And my Jean Marie Dahlia tubers had shoots forming already. I need to expand my flower bed but haven't had a chance. So I temporarily potted them in a container to transplant later.
So that's it for this week. What's growing in you garden?