Get Your Garden On Comrade


Everyone, other than the government, is tightening their belts these days.

Some are doing so out of necessity others as a precautionary move.

One way some are dealing with these tough economic times is planning to plant food gardens.


Seed sales are soaring.

AZ Central

High prices for produce in the grocery store have some Phoenix residents taking matters into their own hands.

They’re getting down and dirty and closer in touch with Mother Nature. With a few seeds, soil and a careful minding of water, vegetable gardens are taking root around town.

"Especially this year, with the slumping economy, we’re seeing many more people wanting to grow their own gardens," said Tom Brodt of Baker International Nursery Inc. in Phoenix. "Sales (of seeds or small fruit and vegetable plants) are doing well."

Post Gazette

In the midst of bailouts, stimulus packages and talking heads on TV reporting the doom and gloom that is our economy, it’s wonderful to know that seedsmen continue to thrive.

W. Atlee Burpee & Co. has been selling seeds for more than 125 years. They’ve seen a depression, lots of recessions and two great wars, but have always flourished regardless. They are one of the biggest suppliers of seeds and plants for gardeners.

"Most of the seed companies are fairly recession-proof on the vegetable side," Burpee chairman George Ball Jr. says. "It’s sort of the Victory Garden phenomenon. Gardening not only takes your mind off things but it is also is very cost-effective."

The Daily Times

As the economy slows, Salisbury garden centers are seeing the popularity of vegetable gardening growing.

Cale Ashcraft of Johnson’s Seed & Feed Co. has already noticed more customers in search of practical plants to help cut down on the food bill.

"We started seeing it last year, but we are planning on an even bigger increase this year," said Ashcraft. "Mostly we’ve seen people coming in early looking for potato plants and vegetable seeds."

As costs rise at the grocery store, many are looking to grow their own produce for the first time. Salisbury University student Claire Brisendine has never had a vegetable garden before, but this year she hopes to grow several different plants right on her deck.

"I’ve always been interested in it, but this year I’ll be moving to an apartment that gets a lot of sun so it was good timing," Brisendine said. "I got a book on container gardening and just went from there. In my wildest dreams I’d love to have space for a giant vegetable garden and do a ton of canning, but for now a few tomato and pepper plants will have to get me started."



“Socialism” The New Buzz Word Among Conservatives?



When I went to Newsweek and saw the cover of the February 16th edition I I had thought that perhaps the MSM was about to engage in truth telling and do so about a very important topic.

I should have known better.

As I read the article it became clear that as a conservative, I remain a paranoid simpleton and little else.

The first bit of distortion came in the false indication claim that until the very recent past, the use of the word socialism among conservatives was rare, perhaps non existent.

Hannity could not have agreed more. "It is … the European Socialist Act of 2009," the host said, signing off. "We’re counting on you to stop it. Thank you, congressman."

There it was, just before the commercial: the S word, a favorite among conservatives since John McCain began using it during the presidential campaign.

Perhaps if the people in the MSM actually knew any conservatives rather than spending all of their time and having all of their conversations with fellow liberals, they would then know what conservatives talk about. What we are concerned with.

I can think of no point in time during my life as a conservative that the coming of socialism, or worse, has not been warned about.

Without exception the conservatives I have known personally and those I have read, watched and listened to have warned about the coming of socialism.

Socialism is not the newest buzz word among we conservatives.

What we are seeing now is what we have been speaking of forever.

John McCain did not drop some previously unknown truth on us or present us with some new terminology we were to take into the voting booth with us.

The fact is, a good portion of conservatives see John McCain as being but one small step himself from embracing socialism.

We were no less shocked than you liberals to hear McCain use the word.

If the liberal media bothered to pay attention they would know that the majority of conservatives had been warning of George W. Bush leading us in a socialist direction.

The word is not a new buzz word for us.

It is however rapidly becoming not just our reality, but every Americans reality.

Until next time, I bid you good day comrade.


The Ultimate Proof The Economy Is Bad

spam1975Sales of the ultimate hard times food, Spam, are thriving just as they have during each rough spot in the U.S. economy since Spam was first made.

NY Times

Spam holds a special place in America’s culinary history, both as a source of humor and of cheap protein during hard times.

Invented during the Great Depression by Jay Hormel, the son of the company’s founder, Spam is a combination of ham, pork, sugar, salt, water, potato starch and a “hint” of sodium nitrate “to help Spam keep its gorgeous pink color,” according to Hormel’s Web site for the product.

Because it is vacuum-sealed in a can and does not require refrigeration, Spam can last for years. Hormel says “it’s like meat with a pause button.”

During World War II, Spam became a staple for Allied troops overseas. They introduced it to local residents, and it remains popular in many parts of the world where the troops were stationed.


Spam “seems to do well when hard times hit,” said Dan Bartel, business agent for the union local. “We’ll probably see Spam lines instead of soup lines.”

Even as consumers are cutting back on all sorts of goods, Spam is among a select group of thrifty grocery items that are selling steadily.

Spam, it taste like crap but it’s affordable!
Thankfully, my personal economy hasn’t gotten to this point yet…
but you never know when it might.

Seed Newsvine