Rethinking Food & Becoming More Self-Sufficient

Fresh peaches = summer!

I purchased these peaches yesterday with plans to make more of my latest food obsession. They were grown locally, but within a few years, I hope to show you pictures of peaches we grew ourselves as we take baby steps to becoming more self-sufficient. I never thought about food the way I have been the past few seasons since we began growing our own veggies and fruit. On a tight grocery budget, growing our own food has become more of a necessity than the novelty it was before. Now, everything I eat, whether it’s from our own garden or from the market, I think about what it took to get it to my table and I appreciate it so much more. (I also eat a lot less, which is good because I could stand to lose 20 pounds!) With limited space, my husband and I are planning next year’s garden to work even harder for us, allotting earth for growing veggies and fruit “in bulk” for canning to get us through the winter months and specifically growing the high-cost grocery items like blueberries and peppers. It’s a slow process converting lawn to productive garden, but it will all be worth it when we don’t have to worry if the fridge is empty because we can just walk out to the garden to pick dinner.

Post Script: We love this book. I highly recommend if you’re also thinking of converting a piece of yard into something more productive. 

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  1. 4

    says

    Good for you!!! I wish more people would think about what they eat and where it comes from.

    My sister planted peach trees at her house but something happened to them. They had to cut them down. I don’t remember what they got, some disease or pest or something. But while she had them, they produced some really nice peaches. They still have cherry, apple and plum trees, but the apple trees now have something on them too, some sort of bumpy looking disease. They’re probably going to die before too many more years. They had the county extension agent come out and look and he told her it was fatal. :(

  2. 5

    Hedgerow Rose says

    Thanks Ginger!

    I’m sorry to hear about your sister’s peaches and apples. That’s seems so common with fruit trees. I lost a beautiful apple and cherry tree to fire blight a few years ago. Going to keep trying, though, because there is nothing like the taste of fresh fruit you’ve just picked yourself. :)

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