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OUR COUNTRY KITCHEN => Kitchen Tips & Other Helps => Topic started by: chloe on June 13, 2014, 09:52:45 AM

Title: What can we do now to help our situation?
Post by: chloe on June 13, 2014, 09:52:45 AM
With what is going on around us these days, what should be do now?

Maybe step up our preparedness efforts?

Gas is sure to go a lot higher which means everything is going up and it look like it will be rising higher more rapidly
Title: Re: What can we do now to help our situation?
Post by: Elle Mae on June 13, 2014, 11:50:33 AM
Fortunately for us, a tank of gas now lasts a month due to us both being retired.  As for other things.....at the grocery, etc we try to buy "one extra" of everything.  I'm trying to impress upon others in the household to let me know when there is only one of something left on the shelf......with the theory of "two is one and one is none".  It's working somewhat.
Title: Re: What can we do now to help our situation?
Post by: chloe on June 13, 2014, 05:50:27 PM
Maybe you might consider doing a little gardening. Even in an apartment or in town there are a lot of sites that help with container gardening.
Title: Re: What can we do now to help our situation?
Post by: Elle Mae on June 14, 2014, 09:20:27 PM
A garden was in our plans for this year.  However, we do not own a tiller, nor would either of us be capable of handling one now if we did.  A friend and neighbor was going to come over and use his to do our garden, however a person he loaned it to has YET to return it to him.  There is a produce place not far from here, so we are hoping to buy a bushel of various produce items and do them up.  I hate to say that out loud for fear of something going wrong there like it did with the tiller.  I do have all the canning equipment I would need as well as a dehydrator (remember when I was so excited about getting my Excalibur, CL???) so that part is no problem.

You know how some years you get by with only breaking a bolt or two?  Well, this year so far, we have not only broke the bolts, but also everything they held together it seems like.  It will get better and we'll get by.
Title: Re: What can we do now to help our situation?
Post by: Garnet on December 02, 2014, 03:11:37 PM
Have you heard of keyhole gardens?  Do you know anyone who has tried a keyhole garden?  I'm wondering if this would be a good time to choose a space and gather materials.  Start building and composting as weather permits and be ready to plant in the spring.

What native edible plants grow in your area?  Are you gathering and cultivating them? 
Title: Re: What can we do now to help our situation?
Post by: Garnet on December 12, 2014, 08:53:40 AM
 :2-hihand: I laid out a spot for a keyhole garden in a far back yard corner.  The area is already covered with granite gravel, which can be scraped away.  Below that is natural sandy clay and rock of all sizes - everything from small gravel to chunks and  boulders, which can be dug out to make space for the garden.  This is not easy; hopefully, I won't encounter boulders.  For now, the important part is the center to get compost started.  I'll work on the rest gradually.

I had started a succulent garden in that corner, using aloe and agave from neighbors.  They had taken off - the plants, not the neighbors. :2funny:   I had to move the two largest aloes from what is now the center of the keyhole garden.  I dug down about 6 inches for the compost spot and have already made contributions.  I doubt earthworms have ever settled into the Sonoran Desert.  :(

Next, I'll worry about the chickenwire retainer for the compost column.  Just thinking about other options.  Also, contemplating the outer wall construction and material. 

Any serious attempt to grow veggies here will be done during the cooler months.  Not sure anything will be possible in triple digit temps, except elephant bush and rosemary and native things like desert marigold, which seem to thrive year round.  So I can pop those in for summer display.
Title: Re: What can we do now to help our situation?
Post by: Garnet on December 13, 2014, 09:08:04 AM
 :9-updated:  :gpoke1: :whisper: ii think I should have posted about the keyhole garden in the Gardening Forum.   :-\