Saturday, June 27, 2009

Gardens - Helping the Budget

This is the garden that my husband and kids planted. They planted tomatoes, zucchini,cucumber, cauliflower and broccoli. The bunnies have polished off all but one of the cauliflower plants. So they planted peas in the place of all the missing vegetables. We also got some other suggestions for keeping out the bunnies. (Some were for deer that we do not have to worry about, but they thought it might deter the bunnies too). We got a couple of flowers that are supposed to repel them (my mind is blank at the moment) and also used moth balls. Not sure what is helping, but we haven't had anymore plants eaten. Oh...and we keep letting my dog out to chase the bunnies when we see them. She thinks it is big fun and I think she would play with them if she ever caught them....she wouldn't know what to do. All they would have to do is yelp at her and she would be scared to death! LOL

This is one of the zucchinis and the kids are so excited about it.
It is a lot of fun to have them help in the whole process. They spend a week at their moms, so when they come for their week here..that is the first thing they want to check on "their garden".
It is a great learning experience for kids, and provides some relief in the budget too!! Yeah...with this economy every little bit helps.

Now...where all of you come in. I haven't canned anything since I did it in Home Ec when I was in high school (long time ago). I remember you can freeze some things etc.
If any of you know of good sites that I can learn these things again or know of good storing techniques for vegetables...please pass them on!!

1 comment:

Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet said...

Oh, those darn bunnies...we lost our dog on Jan 1st and I have definitely noticed more bunnies in our fenced in yard since he's been gone. I put up a "bunny" fence around my garden last year and it was the first year I was ever successful in growing parsley. I planted 2 blueberry shrubs this year and the bunnies munched on them, so I put a fence around them as well and they grew back to life.

Check your library for "The Ball book of preserving"?? I am not sure of the name, but it is well known.