How I Will Combat Rising Food Prices This Year

Rising Food Prices

Rising Food PricesBusinessweek just published an article about the insane rise of food prices which is probably something we have already started to see, but will be continuing to get worse and worse.  People – this is the time to begin some urban homesteading if you haven’t already!  I don’t care if you even live in an apartment… you can grow sprouts and compost with worms in even the smallest of spaces.

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Today’s big score!

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I just have to brag a moment.  Not that I DID anything to earn it!  My landlord put me in touch with a lovely elderly gentleman who was cleaning out his junk sheds and had a bunch of canning jars he needed to get rid of.  I’d say about close to 60-75 quart jars!  Then when I was there, he happened to mention he had flowerpots.  I perked up so he showed me what he had – THOUSANDS of pots.  Apparently he used to start veggies in his greenhouse and sell it on the roadside but stopped and he has tons of these containers, anywhere from seedling size to gallons.  I took what I had room for, and he has lots more!  I did give him 4 of the apple oatmeal muffins I baked this morning in exchange but he was about as glad to get rid of them as I was to have them!

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Mama’s getting a GREENHOUSE!

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Yep, you heard right!  So yesterday I guess Mr. Hot Stuff mentioned to the landlord as they were cutting wood that we were thinking about a greenhouse.  Yes, we were thinking, though I was kinda thinking “Gosh I hope I can find lots of free windows on Craigslist!”  So apparently he had a stash of glass behind one of the workshops.

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Gardening Challenge in 2011

Bethany's GardenWell it is right about that time of year when I start to get antsy to be out in the soil.  I love gardening – I love being able to be out there in the fresh air, I love that it gives me something to do with my kids, and I really just get this incredible rush from seeing the sprouts poke their heads up out of the soil.

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What’s happened in the last few months

Well, so much has happened I should update all of that, at least the stuff I can remember.  You know, it’s kind of funny because I remember thinking quite often “I need to blog this!” but I just never had the time.  I heard it said by another woman who made the swap from working mother to stay home mother that one of the things that bothered her the most was that her job and employer got her at her best… and her family got what was left over.  I agree with that statement wholeheartedly.  Some women are cut out to be working mothers, but I was never very good at it.  By the time I got home, I was tired and was not interactive with the kids.  As I’ve mentioned before, housework was constantly piled up.  If one of my children was sick, I would fret all day because I wanted to be the one caring for them, but I had to be at work.  Not only that, but my job entailed taking the occasional verbal abuse from a customer because of an issue that needed to be resolved.  Some days were worse than others.  There’s nothing quite like going to work all day long, listening to people berate you over things you have no control over (and quite frankly, were most of the time their own fault), then come home to a dirty kitchen, sit with your kids in an exhausted silence for an hour while they watch TV, put them to bed, sit in your own exhausted silence for a little while longer, then go to bed.  Many of my days were like that.  There’s no health to a life like that – there’s no “life” to a life like that.

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Garden update – April 2010

Well, my garden is doing QUITE well so far. Due to the warm winter and spring we have had I decided to be a little adventurous and plant some things before I am supposed to. I covered them with a row cover and it helped protect them quite nice! Mostly just that I planted my onions SUPER early and I also have planted carrots and beans which I am not supposed to plant for a few more weeks. Oh well 🙂

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