I have been reading Reduce Footprints for a while now, but recently started joining in with the Change the World Wednesday series. This week’s challenge is this:
Develop a strategy that will ensure you and your family enjoy local produce next winter.
Perfect timing as I know spring will be here shortly, but to look out my window today this is what you would see.
Winter won’t be here much longer and I have already made plans to increase the amount of home grown foods I will have this year. What I don’t grow I will purchase in larger quantities at the farmer’s market when that is open. Purchasing a freezer to store my bounty in this year will increase the amount of food I will have available all winter. I am still hoping to find one through Craigslist or Freecyle, but once the garden starts producing if I haven’t found a used one I will have to cave and buy it new.
As soon as I can get around again, with the melting of this snow, I will be purchasing some scrap wood to make a window box for inside. My window is 48 inches wide and 6 inches deep so it will hold a good sized planter to grow greens such as lettuces and spinach to snip and eat year round.
Here is the list of the plants I will be growing this year:
- Adding 100 strawberry plants to what I already have
- I had one pepper plant last year, having saved the seeds from each one I will increase that number exponentially.
- I’m trying a cold hardy kiwi, not sure how that will work so wish me luck.
- red raspberries
- seedless grapes
- onions, several varieties
- cheddar and regular cauliflower
- ground cherries
- spaghetti squash
- tomatoes and cherry tomatoes
- melons (watermelon, cantaloupe)
- and luffa squashes, I want to sell these to offset the costs of increasing the garden
I am still debating on growing potatoes but that’s a possibility as well. I will have to make a decision on potatoes pretty quickly with the growing season almost upon me.
My hope is to fill my freezer and pantry and then help supplement my children’s freezers as well. It will all depend on how the weather is this year and if our strategies from last year continue to keep the wildlife from eating everything I plant.
I try to think of wildlife each year, along with the bird feeders I am hoping sunflowers will grow this year to have sunflower seeds for myself and the wildlife. Last year the intense heat shriveled the sunflowers, resulting in zero seeds collected.