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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

05 May

Growing Shitake Mushrooms at Home

Shitake Mushroom

Growing Shitake Mushrooms

Did you know that you can grow shitake mushrooms at home?  Well we are trying it and will report how it goes.  We bought our first pre-inoculated log about 2 years ago.  It cost about $30 from a mail order company.  We did everything they said to do…soak the log, put it in the shade, keep it moist…but nothing happened.  It was supposed to produce mushrooms about 8 months after we got it…in the spring and fall for up to 5 years.  Well we didn’t have anything happen.  I called the company, and for $10 more they sent us another one last spring….again nothing happened. 

I had pretty much given up on them…but lo and behold, just this past week there were mushrooms!  Read More

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