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    More expensive to eat

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    Growing a Vegetable Garden



    In February, we claimed a spot in our community garden.  So far, I've invested $50 in plants, seeds and tools.  But, we are hoping it will all pay off. It is a bit of a long shot since I've never had a vegetable garden before. And we are praying for a fruitful harvest! 



    I love to cook, and the herbs alone can kill your pocketbook with the current prices. To me, they are a luxury.  Here in California, a very small package of fresh herbs runs about $2-3.  I've planted lots of herbs that I'm already using in our meals. Last week, I needed to stock up on tomatoes. The only ones in the store that looked good that day were "ripened on the vine".  I bought 6 tomatoes and it cost me a whopping $11.50!!!!  That is absolutely ridiculous. 



    Every other day, I go to see "the children", which we've named our little investments.  Here is the list of what we are nurturing....



    5 different types of tomatoe plants, artichokes, red leaf lettuce,  zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, yellow bell peppers, eggplant, mint, dill, tarragon, basil, sage, cilantro, thyme.  At the house, I've also planted some more herbs outside my kitchen in little pots which are some of the above, including some Italian parsley.



    Because of the current food prices, I do fear that someone will break into the garden and steal our vegetables during the night. It is a lot to invest in your time and money and you hope that some day you'll have the opportunity to reap the benefits. 



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