It’s official- it’s gardening time at my house! My greenhouse is mostly planted (thanks to the help of my mom) and I have about ¼ of my seeds in the ground.  After planting for a few hours yesterday, my mom and I were in the house taking a break and talking about how much money I have spent on my garden in comparison to how much I will save.

The truth is the savings far outweighs the spending on gardening.  So far I have spent $52.78 on seeds and starter soil. I have reused any containers that I can get my hands on from years past and mixed the starter soil with black dirt that we already have in a pile. I plan to spend about $10-$15 more dollars on ‘extras’ that I haven’t gotten yet. Examples would be a few plants, any interesting seeds I come across, or if something doesn’t sprout up. That’s all fine and good to plant but I have decided that I have to have a ‘MASTER PLAN.’ Do you have a master plan when it comes to your garden?

My MASTER PLAN is that I will grow enough veggies to can or freeze and not have to buy any store bought produce unless I need fresh produce. That’s a lot of food preparation when you think about it. This must be how people that homestead think (I ‘not so secretly’ would like to be one of these people… but with running water). I mean I don’t want to get all ‘dooms day prepper’ on you (I think those people are cool too) but I think it’s a novel idea to NOT have to go to the store except for fresh items.  Let’s consider this a work in progress…

Related post:   Canning and Freezing Potatoes

Recipe of the Week

Have you ever seen the ‘oops we bought to much’ shelf at your local grocery or big box store (produce that will go bad in a few days if not used up)? Well this recipe is a ‘oops I bought to much’ home refrigerator version.

1 cup carrots, chopped

½ cup onion, chopped

½ cup peppers (any flavor), chopped

½ cup celery, chopped

½ cup corn, cut off cob

½ cup green beans

½ cup peas

Any veggies are optional

Heat about 2-3 cups of water in a fat pot to a boil. Blanch any assortment of veggies for just a few minutes. Add a dash of salt. Place in vacuum freezer bag and freeze.

Tomato Vegetable Soup

In a hot pot brown 1 pound of hamburger. Add frozen veggies and cook on medium high until thawed. Add one large can of tomato juice, one pint of canned tomatoes, 1 cup of fresh or canned potatoes cup into even cubes, and about 2 TBS of brown sugar. Salt and pepper to taste.

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