September 12, 2005
grow your own
I totally agree with this post. Food you grow yourself always tastes better than anything you can buy in a store.
Plus, GROWING IT is a real challenge. You have to till the soil, plant the seeds, fight the bugs, keep everything watered and fertilized, then hoe away the weeds while your crop grows. Hope like hell that the deer don't raid one night and eat everything.
There's a fine reward in the end, if you do it correctly. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it. I miss farming. I think it's in my blood, but I've got nobody but myself to feed anymore, so I haven't planted a garden for two years now.
I ended up giving away almost everything I grew two years ago. The corn and the beans and the squash and okra, the potatoes, the tomatoes and the cucumbers all grew nicely, but I couldn't eat all of that stuff. After I gave it all away to my neighbors, I decided not to do it again.
I haven't since, and I am spiritually poorer because of that decision. Getting your hands in the dirt is a GOOD thing.
Its true how spiritually satisfying growing your own food can be; makes you feel so grateful,so self sufficient. I gave up gardening, just too hard on my shoulders anymore. I did it for about 25 years.
I made Cajun Gumbo today using some home-grown beans. Thats all we've got from a garden this year. Never thought it would come down to that.
ain't nothing better than growing stuff and then eating it, unless it's making sure someone who needs it gets to eat it. Plant another garden.
Have you tried canning your excess vegetables? It's a good, cheap way to store what you don't want to give away and it still tastes better than anything store bought.
Love your site.
Return to the soil and toil but not the "dirt".
I got my second crop of tomatoes comin' in now. I'll bring ya some next trip.
My Dad was an Iowa farm boy and gardening was his hobby. My mom had seven kids in nine years so we ate alot of homegrown stuff.
Eggplant, tomatoes, onions, peppers and sweet corn..........I miss that corn.
Come by and get some seeds from me, then grow me some good weed. If you can grow all that shit, you should do wonders with grass, Cat
Hell, almost anything homemade is better than store-bought. Homemade pasta? Love it. Homemade bread? Love it. I make my own sauces and stews. My wife bakes. And everything we make at home tastes better than what we could get at a store.
I don't know the reason why, I just know that it's the truth.
I think my grandpa felt that way. Even after he had to sell the farm he kept a garden in the backyard in town. His emphysema was relentless by then and he would suffer a LOT after working in his garden but he refused to give it up. And those fresh tomatoes and Grandma's batter-fried squash was some of the best tasting food I've ever had in my life (even though I had nothing to do with growing it). Grandma's catfish was pretty awesome too - the only fish I've ever wanted to eat.
It's like having a present from God somehow...
I did tomatoes and okra this year..I'm a beginner...
Next year, it's going to be bigger and they've (the wonderful men in my life) have figured out a way to irrigate for me to make it a little easier...I'm like a little kid I'm so excited thinking about it.
You just can't buy a tomato in a store that tastes right; they have to be picked right off the vine to have real flavor.
I grow a lot of my own vegetables. It's not even so bad if the deer do raid the garden--then you have meat to go with the veggies.
Same goes for the wildwood weed. Growing your own is the best.
Get some tomatoes going and I'll send you my old tomato relish recipe -- not too complicated to 'put up' if you have the time and the fresh homegrown tomatoes (& your Videlia onions!!) -- an afternoon's work and you'll have jars full of ambrosia that'll put some weight on your skinny butt and make your Grandma proud!! Fabulous on anything from a bologna sandwich to an omelet. Used to make gallons of the stuff when I had plants -- the BEST!!
i miss gardening too. i just bought my first piece of property. i may just have to start again.