When times are hard, you gotta have a plan


I was taking a bath just now, thinking about how difficult life will soon become – since the federal government decided to print another trillion dollars into something that equates to monopoly money. The dollar won’t be worth much.

I was wondering if we will be able to feed ourselves when one tomato costs $3.99; an ear of corn is $1.99 and a pound of coffee costs more than your living room sofa.

I decided to declare war. I called my neighbor who has an empty lot next door, and we decided to plant a garden.

Okay, here we go.  I know nothing about planting a garden – at least not one you can eat. I know how to produce Iris, Azaleas, and hostas.  I’m just not sure I can feed myself.

My son Braddock agreed to help me and he has a great track record.  We’re going to start with a salsa garden.  Yum.

For some great tips on growing your home garden, check out BHG.com – click on  “seven secrets to a great home garden.”  It tells you how to grow an edible garden that is beautiful and worthy of the front yard. Good information.

6 thoughts on “When times are hard, you gotta have a plan

  1. Emily,

    If you know a Chinese family, ask them if they know anyone who has a vertical vegetable garden.

    My mother’s former neighbor had every square inch of their backyard covered with vegetables, many of these grew up poles and had large goard (sp) type Chinese vegetables on them (the poles, not the neighbors), but you could grow some things vertically that are more familiar to you in the same way.

    She had a huge pear tree dead center of that garden, and some citrus trees around the periphery that produced nice fruit (maybe you are too far north for citrus, but what about pears?). She had some mysterious way of getting rid of squirrels…hmmm. Critters can really play havoc with edible things in the yards around here. They are legally protected…we are not!

    Anyway, maybe you could pick the brains of some Chinese vertical gardner and learn the best and most productive way to go about it.
    Most likely, you and your buds would get a kick out of seeing what these gardens look like, if you’ve not seen one before. Have you ever seen a Chinese vertical garden?


  2. Actually, Nance, I’ve looked into that. My problem is I have no sun except in the very front yard on the street.
    BUT, good news. My friend from Texas owns an empty lot two doors down from my house. He’s given me permission to put my garden there. My next door neighbor, Judy, is going to supply and water. I can already taste those ripe red summer tomatuhs. Mississippi soil makes the best flavor. I’ll send you some.

  3. Emily,

    I remember those Mississippi tomatuhs…yum! They are definitely the best. Add blackeyed peas fixed by somebody what knows what they’re doing, add some onions, and corn on the cob, and you’re going to have some mighty fine eats!

    Oh shucks! Here it is midnight, and I’m drooling and hungry, just thinking about these things.

    What happens to tomatoes in our area is that about the time they are almost ready, a big rain will come during the heat of the day, and then, when the sun comes out again, it will scorch them. Some people around here are very successful, but they just have to put them in a place where they don’t get more sun than they need. If they do survive, the birds are after them with the first sign of red, so you have to stand your guard, or else.

    Good luck with this new venture! I’m envious. Would love to have a garden in progress.


  4. Oh my, Alissa. No one has ever asked me a gardening question. I usually ask all the questions. I’m just not that good. But, as someone with many friend-gardeners, I know that you can just read the directions on the fertilizer and dilute it a little – they always want you to use more than you need – gotta sell that fertilizer!

    I am a perennial gardener for the most part and don’t fertilize at all. Plants just keep coming up each year, and if I add a little composted manure (Black Cow is good – comes in a bag ), you will have a good show. You just throw it around the roots and kind of chop it into the soil with a hoe and let the next rain distribute it. You’ll get a big payoff. Cottonseed meal is a good trick (also comes in a bag at your farmers supply place)- throw it on the top of your bed – any kind of plant will respond with respect and bloom like crazy if you’re not crossing your legs the wrong way.

    See? It’s all a gamble – Annuals, on the other hand, need all those chemicals unless your soil is really rich. That’s why I don’t like them much, except for dead corners where nothing else will bloom.

    But, if you’re talking about a vegetable garden – that’s a different matter. If that’s what you want, let me know and I will tell you how it’s done!

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