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Posted: 4/20/2016 12:55:19 PM EDT
Started a small garden this past weekend. And now I'm thinking of expansion and possibly growing our entire supply of veggies for next year. Growing area isn't an issue. I was thinking of starting a list and recording what vegetables we use over the next few months to get an idea of what would be planted.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:59:52 PM EDT
There are individuals in GD that grow all the vegetables they eat in a year, and they don't even have a garden.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 1:00:51 PM EDT
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There are individuals in GD that grow all the vegetables they eat in a year, and they don't even have a garden.
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I do.
In fact I'm the best at.
Just ask any of my friends, they will tell you.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 1:06:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 1:09:08 PM EDT
Kind of an ambiguous question; really depends entirely on what veggies you're talking about and what kind of preservation techniques.  I can easily grow enough green beans to last 2 or 3 years, home-canned.  Cucumbers, not so much... no good way to preserve them (well, pickles, but that really ends up being a different product), so there's no real way to grow a year's supply easily.  Sweet corn, easy.  Lettuce?  Nope.  Tomatoes - I can grow several year's worth of canned tomatoes/sauce, but something to slice up for a BLT?  Summer only.  Brussels Sprouts?  I currently grow a lifetime supply for me: none.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 1:24:44 PM EDT
If I lived in Yuma AZ, I probably could since it almost never freezes. The problem is trying to preserve a year's supply in only 3 months when everything is ready. We can, dehydrate, and even have a freeze dryer. We put up about 80 quarts of tomatoes in various forms. Squash and peppers I like to freeze dry. I dehydrate grapes and berries. Fruit from the trees we dry, can, and freeze dry. We are pretty busy in August and September.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 1:27:29 PM EDT
I've thought about it but I don't have the space to house the real food I would be feeding with vegetables.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 1:31:11 PM EDT
Start small. Grow the expensive stuff and stuff that is better when home grown, first. Like peppers and tomatoes.

Growing and preserving a year's veggies is a monumental undertaking. My grandparents did it, pretty much. It was a little over a 3/4 acre garden plus fruit trees and berry patch.

The harvest season was a huge amount of work with canning, drying, salting, storing potatoes in a root cellar, etc.

It can be done but it's a lot of work.
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