I picked up a sheet of 1/2" plywood at the local hardware store yesterday. I figured I was paying for convenience. It was $35.
Maryland has chicken flu so guess chicken and egg prices will get higher fastEggs won't drop much as long as chicken feed is high. The large eggs farms are far more efficient than us country folks. They grind their own feed and only use their layers for 1 year and replace them. Egg production from a hen drops after the first year and more every year after. The town west of us had a place that processed the year old hens that had been replaced. All I ever saw their were white leghorns. Always a few escaped as they were unloaded in those wooden crates and that end of town had chickens everywhere. The kids would catch them for you at night and sell them to you for 10 cents each the next day. Good way to get some decent layers back then. Not much meat on leghorns but Campbell's Soup bought what meat there was and the rest of the chicken was ground and mostly used in pet food.
Nope, helps the middle mani try to keep in mind that at 2.00 a dozen, a chicken farmer cant make any money on his eggs. i know this, because i had chickens and sold eggs for 2.00 a dozen. it wasnt profitable at all and didnt pay me for my time. Same with the dairy farmers and milk and butter. So when i see the prices higher, it hurts the pocketbook, but i hope its helping the farmer....
I'd feel better about the higher grocery prices if I knew the additional money was going to the farmer. But I know it isn't. A lot of people are taking a little bite out of every grocery dollar you spend and the farmer seems to be the one who gets the least amount as his share., it hurts the pocketbook, but i hope its helping the farmer....
I know it's wasteful to some people but I buy a spring salad mix in a box instead of a head of lettuce. The store almost always has a few packages of the spring mix on clearance and I like the taste better than plain iceberg lettuce. I used a spring mix in taco salads last week end everybody loved it.
Thanks for the suggestions.I occasionally buy a box in winter when nothing outside growing, though it doesnt keep very long. Iceberg lettuce is about most useless veggie ever for what it costs, IMHO, but each to their own. Cabbage is far more nutritious, cheaper, and keeps forever.
Last summer I tried growing "longevity spinach". Its not spinach, its some tropical plant with its own unique very mild flavor, but can be used like spinach in raw salads. It loves heat but you need to keep it watered. Not from seed, you need to propagate vegetatively. Roots fairly easy, suggest moist soil rather than water. Roots much faster in soil though you need to keep soil moist. Well its not frost hardy so one needs to keep starts for next year as houseplant over winter. So far its done well in old coffee cans in sunny window. Also have a five gallon bucket of it using a LED grow light.
Seems to do ok, so wondering if one could get it to be bit more productive in winter for use as a green. Right now its surviving, but only growing slowly, which works for me now, dont want lush growth in space I have. But if I set it up for production inside...... It does best with high heat and moist soil. Sure it might even become a pest in a true tropical area. In my summer garden this provides greens when Romaine lettuce and mustard greens give out. It survived days of triple digit temps without missing a beat, but it really prefers 75F to 95F. Grew fastest late August/September. Think it would do ok in late May/June but it was very small at that point. Know better in 2023 since hopefully be starting with more mature plants. No idea why small starts of it are so expensive if you dont have friend with some to share. Not like its hard to propagate.