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You walk into the greenhouse to purchase plants or open the seed catalog and stare. What to buy? It’s the big question every winter for seeds and every spring when its time to buy plants. The other is how did I just spend that much?!
First, think about what your family eats on a regular basis. Make a list if you need to. For my family, we plow through lettuce and spinach in the spring/summer. Tomatoes are huge for all the pasta and tacos we eat year-round. Kidney beans, not so much. So, it makes sense for me to grow tomatoes but not kidney beans. As your taste pallet expands, your garden can as well. I started buying a few random vegetables in the store to see how everyone liked them before I went to all the effort to grow, harvest, and preserve them. One surprising vegetable I found the kids liked was Brussel sprouts. Who would have thought!
Next, are you in a growing zone that will allow you to grow that vegetable or fruit? Just because your family consumes a lot of a vegetable or fruit, doesn’t mean you will be able to successfully grow it. We love oranges and pineapple, but here in 5b that’s not possible to grow. But we can grow apples and strawberries.
Finally, how much time is required to grow, harvest, and preserve the food? There are some things that just do not make sense for me to grow with the time I have. For example, peas or kidney beans. The amount of time it takes to harvest the beans is not worth my time. I can buy the same quality cheaper in the store. Peas we love, the amount of time to preserve the peas not so much. I do grow peas, but only enough to consume fresh.
The advantage of growing your own food is to reduce the grocery bill. So, you want to grow what your family will actually eat and what your time allows for.
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