Monday, February 28, 2011

Raise your hand if you like to eat!

Let's talk about gardening.

So. I don't usually do the "soap box" thing on my blog. That's all about to change! Aren't you excited?!

Close your eyes...( or keep them open)...and imagine your favorite produce. Mine is fresh strawberries. Or fresh tomatoes. No wait, maybe steamed squash. Perhaps lemons: I love to cook with them! Mmmmm Let's not forget peppers. "Food without peppers" is like "Love without kisses"! Oranges and grapes, and corn on the cob. Watermelon on a hot summer day.

Our happy little green apple tree. It's tiny. Barely as tall as me!

What's your favorite?! Do you love fruit? Veggies? The in-between-ies like tomato and squash and corn?!

Now: imagine that you can't get your favorite produce. The stores simply don't have any to sell. Or, if they do, the price is so high, you can't bring yourself to afford it. 

Guess what?! It's not imaginary. 
(This is the part where I get on my soap box)

Major, we're talking MAJOR freezes in Mexico decimated entire crops. Guess where Americans' food comes from? You get 3 guesses, and if you guess "America" you and I need to have a little talk about how America doesn't produce anything anymore...but that's a soap box for another day!
Our strawberry patch of yester-year. 
Our lawn grew into it and destroyed it last year! See, crops get ruined all the time.

Yes, almost all of America's grocery store produce comes from Mexico. We are in serious trouble, here. A solid example of just how bad it's getting: a bushel of tomatoes sold for $7 this time last year. Today, a bushel of tomatoes is selling for $21. And the prices are steadily rising. There is a distinct possibility that your favorite produce is about to cost 3 times as much as it does now. Tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, squash, berries and fruits. All the above-ground fruits and veggies are at risk for rising costs.

Anyone have 3x the money in their budget for groceries?! Anyone? No? ..."Bueller? Bueller?"

My apologies for getting all "Dooms Day" on you, but you are my family and friends. 

And you need to know that the Home Garden is going to be absolutely crucial to the well being of your family this year!! 
Sam and Abby in last year's tilled garden, all ready for plants!

Don't know how to plan or plant a garden?! Call me!! Not sure what works in our planting zone?! Call me!! No space in your yard, or lack of yard?! Call me!! We have a H-U-G-E garden space, and you are welcome to one of our boxes. I'm happy to help anybody with a desire get going on this. 

We seriously have 20 boxes this size. 20! Does one of them have your name on it?
You provide the plants and maintain it, and we will keep it watered.

No Excuses.
Happy Gardening!!