I’ve experienced the same shortages as most of you. At first, it was paper goods along with sanitizing products, (bleach, hand sanitizer, pine sol, wipes, rubbing alcohol). Then it was meat. Ground beef went from a reasonably priced start to a family meal to ‘ouch’ status.
Some of the goods are starting to come back. There’s plenty of toilet paper and paper towels on the paper aisle (although they seem to have less brands). Bleach has returned but some things like rubbing alcohol (for which one uses to make their own hand sanitizer) is nothing but a big empty spot on the shelf.
I noticed LESS brands of canned goods and some brands I’ve never heard of before. Is this because of a rumored metal shortage? Or farmers not able to plant or harvest?
This week as harvest season approaches across the nation, people are buying out the canning jars! No canning jars to be found locally. Those home-canners are canning full blast this year!
Did the grocery store shortages make you think ahead a bit more? Stock up when you find a bargain and put more food by? Did you start a garden?
It’s not too late to plant a fall crop depending of course on what zone you are. Here in Zone 7 a seasoned gardener planted black-eyed-peas this week. Blackeyed peas need about 2 months of warm weather to produce. There are other things you can plant in a fall garden as well. Check for your zone.
WHY plant a garden, fall or otherwise? For food security. When you grow your own you’ll have a ready food source. Just plant what grows well in your zone. Your local county extension office can help with information on what grows best in your location.
No plot of ground? Grow in containers on your porch or balcony. Get a grow light and grow inside. These plants can do well indoors:
Radishes, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, lettuces, greens and microgreens. Herbs such as parsley, basil, chives, oregano and mints. Don’t forget sprouts!
Food grown indoors is less likely to be devoured by turtles, squirrels, and ‘night raiders’.
Gardening is a skill, indoors or out. It takes time to develop a skillset. While gardening may seem as easy as sticking a seed in the ground and waiting it isn’t quite that simple. Even folks that have gardened for decades sometimes have a bad crop.
Start gardening now so that you can develop a preparedness skill that will be around when you need it. Growing a garden, even if it’s your first, is a good step in the direction of having your own self reliant, self sufficient lifestyle.