This is the third installment of a 5-part series. Missed the first two parts? Go here and here.
My family and I recently completed a 4-week long experiment in which we aimed to drastically reduce our spending on groceries and continue to eat well, perhaps even better than before. If you’re curious, here are our weekly meal plans for the month.
Seasonal produce: A dilemma
Did we make it? Yes and no. Yesterday I explained the way in which we succeeded. Today I’ll expand on how and why we didn’t.
After ripping out the miracle tomatoes on Saturday, I had 12 feet or so of prime real estate in the instead-of-grass garden in the front yard. While planning my fall garden, I had consulted The Weekend Homesteader and Mini Farming which both advised to alternate tomatoes with plants from the Brassica family (e.g., broccoli, cabbage) to promote optimal soil health. So yesterday I bought Savoy cabbage, green cabbage and broccoli starts from my local food co-op and got to work this morning to put them in the ground. (That turn-around must be a record for me. Typically, I leave seedlings on the back patio where they shame me from the breakfast table for at least a week. I finally get so concerned they won’t survive either the temperature or the neglect, that I drop everything – usually after a dramatic announcement – and plant them, that is, if they haven’t died already.) Continue reading All snug in their beds: Planting broccoli and cabbage starts→