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Old 10-18-2010, 01:56 PM
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FreshGarden or canned on sale?

I used to raise a big garden years ago and at that time it was the cheaper way to go. I know it tastes better and has better nutrients. Now with whatever the price of seeds, fertilizer, etc. is it still cheaper than canned goods on sale?
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:37 PM
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I don't know if it is cheaper or not. I know it is in my soul so I have a garden. lol
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:04 PM
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There are 3 things my kids never liked if I bought them at the store--Frozen corn, Tomato juice and Applesauce. So even if my garden gets a bit smaller I still can or freeze the same quanities of these 3 things, as my kids (college age) come home and "shop" my freezer and shelves for them. I must admit once you get use to the home grown, store bought just isn't the same.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:45 AM
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Love your answer Bluebird.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:34 AM
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On sale and with coupons some of it may be cheaper, but nothing beats homegrown, organically, picked and canned or frozen right away. You know what is in it and especially with fruit trees once they are producing you can't get it that cheap! I am just getting into canning so having the supplies to still get from time to time does cost, but eventually there won't be much to buy except lids and bands. I have done sugar free apple pie filling, sugar free applesauce, canned apples, pear sauce, pear butter sauce so far this year. I have two more feed bags full of pears and more of the tree I have to pick today before the frost gets them. So I vote for home canned! lol
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:55 AM
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Hey Catlover, good answer. I too vote for the garden taste. We may need to consider a small patch this spring, something more than the tomatoes and peppers that we always do. I love looking through the seed catalogs don't you?
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:47 AM
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I enjoy the seed catalogs, but last year I started not getting most as I usually now buy my seeds at the farm supply stores or a seed company in Louisville. Can't beat their prices! And I also salvage some seeds from several things, dry them, package them and put them into a glass jar(so the mice don't make food out of them during the winter) and store them in my greenhouse for the winter. I've had some good luck doing that. I just did butternut squash seeds the other day!
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