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24 Jul

2011 Food Growing totals

serviceberries

Last Updated August 18, 2011

Here are the current food growing totals…as well as last years totals so you can compare how we are doing.    We are definietly behind for the year, but I have started a bunch of fall crops and hope to make up the harvest in a month or two.

 

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24 Jun

Attracting Birds to your Yard

Duck Family

If you want to attract birds to your backyard there are four things you should strive to provide…food, moisture, cover and housing.

We enjoy watching a variety of birds all year long. 

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28 May

Deer Resistant Plant List

backyard

Deer Resistance

So one of the most asked questions I hear from people in areas with deer is ‘what can I plant that the deer won’t eat!”  This is tough for many reasons…deer eat things where they found something edible before (like if they eat your vegetables…and next year you plant poisonous plants there in the same place, they will eat the yew even though they normally wouldn’t)  But I have a list of plants that I grow in my yard that are rarely touched by the deer.  I would consider the deer pressure in our yard to be moderate…some days there are no deer, about once a week a herd of 7 or 10 come through. Read More

22 May

Value of Homegrown Fruits and Vegetables

Serviceberry - a native edible fruit tree

 

These are the amounts I am using to calculate how much the food we grew would have cost if we would have bought it at the store.  I got the majority of these numbers by pricing organic produce during May and June 2010 at the Whole Foods Market in Town and Country, Missouri.  It would probably be more accurate if I got the numbers based on when these vegetables and fruits were at peak season, but it should be a pretty fair estimate of the actual cost.  Some of the items are still blank because Whole Foods was not stocking them at the time I checked prices…so I am hoping by the end of June I should have everything filled in.  There are a few items like currants, gooseberry, Jostaberry and serviceberry that I have never seen at the store…so I think I’ll just guess those to be similar to the blackberries and raspberries.  Click here if you would like to see the food growing totals for 2010 to see how much we have grown and the value of that food.  I am surprised at how fast the savings adds up and I expect that by the end of the year we will have saved quite a lot of money by growing our own food, although my numbers don’t reflect the amount I invested in the garden, but as I said before, I am a gardener, so if I wasn’t planting food, I would have been planting flowers.  Read More

13 May

How We Saved 38% in Energy Costs for our Home Lighting

light

I wanted to show you how easily you can save money by changing out some of your light bulbs to compact fluorescent or LED.  With a few packages of new bulbs we saved 38% off the total cost of running lights in our house.  Read more to see exactly how we did it. Read More

05 May

Food Totals Grown in 2010

mary in garden

Final Totals

This is a portion of my spreadsheet that lists both the amount of food we have grown this year and the cost of buying this amount of organic food at the store.  Also included at the bottom are the totals, including the percentage we have eaten of the produce (I am keeping track of how much we eat versus how much we give away.)  Remember, my goal is to grow and eat 300lbs of food this year!  I will update this list each week and keep it posted as a sticky to stay at the top of the list so you can watch the progress.  Read More

30 Apr

Backyard Wildlife

Chipmunk

I have been keeping track of everything we have seen in our yard since about 2001.  If it is not on the list (unless it is an insect)…then I have not seen it in the yard…some have been close, like a fox I saw down the street, and a raccoon next door, and several bird species flying overhead like gulls and herons…but if it wasn’t in my yard, I did not include it.  Also, I have not been in the habit of identifying most of the insect life…my list includes all the butterflies I have seen, but most of the insects, including moths, I have not listed here. Read More

27 Apr

What Fruits and Vegetables We’re Growing in 2010

garden with lettuce

This is what we are growing this year, most of the fruit trees and shrubs were planted either last year or this year, so I don’t expect much from them in 2010.  I do expect some serviceberries, a few currants, some strawberries and maybe a few pears.  Of the vegetables, this will be my first try for growing dried beans, cauliflower, cabbage, sweet potatoes, potatoes, corn and artichokes. Visit my article showing the current totals of food harvested in 2010. Read More

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