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Monday, February 27, 2017

What you don’t know could cost you



Most of my friends and relatives do not have a garden. The reasons vary, too much work, too hot, I don’t have a green thumb etc. Gardening is not for everyone, however, the information I have posted below my give you a little extra incentive to at least give gardening a try.


Back in the spring of 2011 shoppers on the west coast were asked to limit their purchases of rice. No, I don’t expect you to plant a rice patty field in your backyard but I’m going somewhere with this.  Here is a headline from February 2017




Weather patterns during the winter have wreaked havoc on farms that provide vegetables in the UK but the problem is global. Even though California has been receiving more rain this past winter food prices in the United States have been steadily rising.


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According to The New York Times during the spring and summer of 2011 fourteen states in the south and midwest experienced serious droughts. There is no need to push the panic button, at least not yet but if prices continue to rise wouldn't it be great to have your own personal garden where you could grow fruits and vegetables for your family. Just by growing three or four types of vegetables you could offset the increases displayed in the chart above.




Spring is just a few weeks away. I have already begun making decisions on what I intend to grow this summer. At the top of my list are sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and squash.







If you are new to gardening here are a few links to help you get started.












Sources




Source NBC 11
http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/03/uk-vegetable-shortage-leads-to-rationing
Source CNN
The U.S. Food Shortage: How Will it Impact Your Family?
https://www.americanconservativedailynews.com/the-us-food-shortage/

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