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    what do you grow and how much? do you put food up for the winter,,,if so what...and how?

    i have seen where seed shops are running out of seeds...we have already gotten ours...seed potatoes...16.95 for a 50 lb bag...cheapest price around
     
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    that simply is not an artichoke? is it?

    we have some spinach under cloaks...and things are beginning to come up...

    it is too cold her to grow artichokes here...we are in zone 6
     
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    It certainly is !
     
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    damn artichokes would be great....i just dont think they will fly here ....i would love an olive tree too
     
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    We'll see how they do--first time for budding up. Two year old plants.
     
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    Last year I grew an array of bell peppers, tomatoes and roses on my deck. Red, orange, yellow, green and purple. I loved being able to go pick strait off the plant for stuffed bell peppers and the like. Didn't really see too much of a yield from the tomatoes though. And, let's be honest, tomato plants stink. Last years roses were supposed to be BLUE, goddammit.. But they turned pink and orange so..

    I think this year i'm leaning towards more red, orange and yellow bell peppers... maybe some carrots if I can find a clear pot... some kind of berry vine or bush... either Romaine Lettuce or a row of brocolli... and STRAWBERRIES. oh, and red and white roses until they offer actual fucking blue roses.
     
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    Growing the food is really the easy part. I have often grown far more food than I can possible use and left it hanging on the vine and felt guilty as hell about it.

    It's storing all that food that is both expensive and time consuming.

    Potatoes are a good emergency end of the world food because all you really need to store them in a dry, dark, relatively cool place to store them. (Note some potatoes are better for storing than others. Ask your supplier which are good "keepers".)

    Tomatoes can be stored green in the same place, especially if you wrap them in newpaper. They'll be rip in December..after that they're compost.

    Onions are easily kept, too, as are shallots and garlic.

    If you can dry food, that's a good storage system. the best really since it's cheap and safe.

    Canning is a pain in the ass, in my opinion. It is neither cheaper than buying in a store, nor safer, either.
     
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    yea. the "blue" rose I had last year was just a hybrid pink so i'm a little dubious. They started lavender too.
     

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