March 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm #6811
I thought maybe I could give some of us some useful information toward being a little more self reliant. As we all have seen recently…….Economies failing….Job losses….Retirement becoming a thing of the past. Growing your own food is the one thing you can do at little cost & minimal effort if you study a little. Your efforts rewarded with healthier food, money saved, a bit of self satisfaction. Even if you do not have a yard/soil garden space, vegetables can be grown in pots on patios and balconies.
Note: It is important to know whether a plant is hybrid or open-pollinated. Open-pollinated plants either transfer pollen internally, from male to female flowers (called self-pollinating) or have pollen transferred by wind or insects**My father-in-law pollinated plants with Qtip cotton swabs(True)**. A hybrid is produced when seed companies cross two specific lines (a tomato with a thick skin and another with large fruits, for instance) to create a new variety. (Seed catalogs and packets will tell you if seed is hybrid.)
Important Note: You cannot count on seeds from hybrid plants to produce offspring with the parents’ characteristics. Some seeds of hybrids, in fact, will be sterile. So don’t plan to save seeds from hybrid plants.
Save your seeds or buy Non Hybrid seeds!!
Links–> Dated 1998 http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Transnational_corps/TerminSeeds_Monsanto2.html
Dated Dec 2007- http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7529
Dated Feb 2009- http://www.dailypaul.com/node/81600
“How to save” Non Hybrid Seeds Links–> http://www.kidsgardening.com/growingideas/PROJECTS/aug04/pg1.html
**Where to get seeds** (Other country sources of seeds-Post in Comments to this thread)….Here are a few sources I have–> http://immigrantfarming.org/index.php?page=seed_sources
“I use this supplier”–> http://rareseeds.com/
How to Links–> http://www.greendaily.com/2008/03/10/gardening-guide-how-to-grow-a-vegetable-garden/
**When to harvest**- http://www.savvygardener.com/Features/harvesting_vegetables.html
**Many self reliant links here**
~Hoping to provide some useful information for my Scorched3D Friends~
Da VikeMarch 23, 2009 at 11:51 pm #55453
Vik, thanks for the tips! There is a health food store down the street that had some seeds for sale, I’m going to check it out!
I would also like make a point here for those that thing gardening is a bit too far off the edge for them – or maybe the balcony of the apt building doesn’t have enough space:
GET OUT OF DEBT (Yes, it could mean selling your TV and cancelling cable or no more steak dinners … OMG!)
OWN YOUR OWN PROPERTY – NO LOAN! (Before you know it Uncle Sam or Eurozone banks will own your house… oh, yeah, they already do. DAMN)
BUY SOME KIND OF COMMODITY THAT EVERYONE USES (You can do this in the form of stocks as well, by investing in commodities like oil, which is low right now. In addition, buy something that everyone always wants like smokes, booze, beans, or bullets, or even toilet paper)
Once you get yourself in order, make a garden in the fire escape by the window. 😀
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