Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Grow Your Own Vegetables and SAVE!

Harvesting your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to save, and who doesn't like the convenience of being able to go picking from your own back yard? Last night we had some of this delicious lettuce. It grew so fast - I was amazed!

Currently, my garden is made up of tomatoes (various varieties), peppers, lettuce (2 varieties) cucumbers, scallions, green beans, basil, honeydew and pumpkins.

I planted all of the above in early Spring. But it's not too late to start your own garden! In New Jersey, Broccoli, Chard, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Spinach and Radishes - among others can be planted in August or September, and many of these can be harvested this fall!
Don't have a plot of land or backyard? Many veggies can be grown in pots. Here is a helpful guide with regard to frost dates and when to grown vegetables in your area.

And to keep deer from chowing down on your favorite veggies, here is a great recipe:
1 Egg
1 cup Water
1/4 cup garlic juice
1 T liquid dish detergent
Scrap of pantyhose
Rubber band
In a blender, mix egg water and garlic juice. Stir in detergent. Pour solution into an open container and let sit outdoors for 3 days. Cover the siphon of a spray bottle with pantyhose held on by a rubber band (prevents clogging). Fill spraybottle and apply to vulnerable plants. Re-apply after it rains.

3 comments:

  1. Great post! I am sad I didn't do my garden this year (and I have no idea why I didn't do it because I was planning on it). I miss all the tomatoes!! Tomatoes are my favorite thing from the garden.

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  2. Oh I agree, tomatoes are so yummy :) Do a fall garden! I want to try broccoli...

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  3. I'd love to plant a garden, but I live in a tiny apartment

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