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Monday, August 18, 2008

Frugal bounty. . . .

Our summer has been cooler than normal, and I feel as if my vegetable garden is growing so slowly. I'm afraid that summer will be over and the fall rains will begin right around the time my tomatoes ripen. . . .

In spite of my still-green tomatoes, there are some other garden vegetables that are finally beginning to mature. Last night, I had a pasta salad with fresh green beans, yellow zucchini, and a few tiny little cherry tomatoes that decided to ripen up just as I was fixing dinner. I even found a delicious, crispy sugar pea on the vine, to my suprise!

Unlike J.D. at Get Rich Slowly, I'm not keeping track of how much I've spent (both in terms of money and time) in my garden. I'm content with the satisfaction I get from watching plants grow (including some I grew from seed this year, for the first time) as well as from munching on produce that I was able to pick from plants in my own yard.

J.D.'s goal is to determine whether he and his wife Kris are really saving money by growing their own vegetables. If you're considering whether gardening can help you save some money at the grocery store or farmer's market, here are a few articles that might give you some insight into that:

Happy gardening, folks!

5 comments:

Dina said...

That looks so good! I just started trying to grow my own herbs and veggies in a community garden (I live in an apartment building) and I can't wait to be able to use them.

marci357 said...

Like you, I am not keeping track of the expenses (which are minor) nor the poundage in... for the garden.

I just know I am getting good fresh local fruits and veggies from right outside my door, and I am getting much needed exercise in the process :)

If I just figured the costs for this year, it would be cheaper at the grocery store. HOWEVER, MUCH of what I am planting is for the perennial garden...meaning plant once, take care of, and hopefully eat near forever off of it. :) I want to be able to afford to eat in my old (er) age - therefore the perennial garden :) Plus my whole yard needs landscaped anyway after the excavation and addition work to the house - the yard was a mess. So as long as it needs landscaped anyway, why not make it edible landscaping!

I am envious of the yellow squash already! Mine are about 4 inches long and seem stuck at that size! haha! Your dinner looked great! Thanks for sharing!

marci357 said...

PS - I know the water bill went up about $7 for last month with watering the garden - but there was more than that harvested in any one week, so it was well worth it :)

RTC said...

Your veggies look delicious! This is just the beginning of your harvest!
I've gotten a few green beans and a few cherry tomatoes from my few plants also.
Elizabeth

Finally Frugal said...

Ack! During a lull in our recent rainstorms (we went from 100 degrees and HOT to 75 and rainy in about 48 hours), I noticed some nasty brown marks on the bottoms of my tomatoes! After some internet research, I learned that it's called "Bottom End Rot", or BER. Due, most probably, to a lack of calcium and inconsistent watering. I'm heading to the local nursery on Saturday to see if there's some way I can save the rest of my tomato crop. . . .

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