Growing enough food
Part of Brandy's
question that I
didn't entirely answer alluded to her concern that she'd have to budget
for buying vegetables at the grocery store if the crops in her
hypothetical homestead failed. The trick to feeding yourself off
your own farm only (in one food group or in all of them) is to
diversify and grow more of each type of food than you think you can
eat. That way, if your eggplant gets decimated by flea beetles,
you'll still be wallowing in cucumbers and tomatoes.
The average American
would toss those subprime carrots in the compost pile (or the trash
can), but I instead cut them up, blanched them, and spread the root
rounds on our food
trays. It's simple to do a spot test of problematic veggies ---
cut off the part that's obviously bad and then taste what's left.
If your tongue says "yum!", the produce is good to eat or preserve, as
long as you do it right away.
Our chicken waterer never spills in coops or tractors.
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