Part 1, Part 2, Part 2.5, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 Perhaps I have convinced you that there are some bargains to be found in organic food but you are thinking that I am crazy to shop at so many different stores. I will concede […]
Month: February 2014
I’ve been surprised to find that organic choices can sometimes be LESS expensive than non-organic. So far in this series we’ve talked about your food budget, defining healthy food, grass fed beef, and milk prices. Now, I want to give you a few more practical […]
Last week we had about a foot of snow. School was canceled for three days straight and temperatures dipped below zero on more than one night. I’m happy to say that my 2014 garden is officially underway. It is really too early to start most things but I did start onions because they are cold hardy and can be transplanted in late March. This variety, Red Marble, can be started by putting up to 100 seeds in a 4-6 inch pot (easy). The instructions on the seed packet say that if the tops reach 5 inches before you can transplant them outside, to cut them back to 3 inches. You can see they are really bending toward the light.
For more information about when you can plant what, try your local extension web site. Here is the publication from Kansas State. You can get a good idea when you can plant outside and back up a few weeks to see when you might start your transplants. I usually start too early and then have to hold over plants until the weather is right outside. I have found that late plants usually catch up once the weather is right while plants set out too early struggle. Sometimes you just cant resist!
If you have followed the previous posts on this topic you are probably waiting for more detailed information about how we changed to eating mostly organic or “healthy” food while keeping our food budget at the USDA “thrifty “ level. I hope you aren’t […]