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What veg do you never need to buy ?

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Post by Chilli-head on 30th November 2016, 3:35 pm

Ok, I know that self sufficiency is a bit of a dream.  IIRC even John Seymour eventually concluded that it wasn't compatible with normal family life.  But I do take peculiar pride in the odd few things that I never need to buy, and I'd like to work on extending that range.

At the moment, I have a year round supply of only garlic, beetroot, and of course chillies.  That doesn't sound much, but they are all things that are dear to us - DW is a garlic fan (fortunately the rest of use are quite fond of it too), beetroot is needed for borscht to keep FIL happy, and I needn't say more about chillies.

I could I suppose add a few herbs to that list. Rosemary and Sage.  I really should dry more oregano - I have naturalised Greek oregano that does its own thing, and a patch of golden oregano. We use a lot of it, so I'll try to add that to my "self sufficient" list next year.  I'd quite like not to need to buy onions either.  Maybe I might just be able to have beans of some sort all year round ? If dried and frozen count.  Our freezer is full of beans, peas and home made passata at the moment.  We eat too many peas and tomatoes to stand any chance of meeting all our needs there.

Do you manage to be self sufficient year round in some veg ?
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Post by freebird on 30th November 2016, 6:05 pm

Interesting question.

One thing I have never bought in the 35 years I have lived in this house, is bay leaves. Next door used to have a humongous bay tree, so our garden has always been full of bay seedlings. (It's that same bay tree that now provides the tiers for my loggery).

I have also never bought rhubarb or runner beans. No, we don't have a year-round supply. Rhubarb always seems expensive, and I know mine will be along soon - I do also freeze and bottle some. And runner beans we eat fresh, in season, only. Never frozen - ruins them imo. Shop-bought runners are just awful so I won't buy them on principle. Asparagus too - seasonal obviously and I don't try to preserve any, but I don't buy it either.

Chillies will probably last me the year as I have plenty dried and my Rosemary plants provide me with all I need. In previous years I have been self-sufficient in cooking apples and onions.
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Post by Dandelion on 1st December 2016, 7:30 pm

Interesting question. The two things I don't ever buy are rosemary and rhubarb (can you spot a thread running through these posts...?) - it's lovely to be able to give rosemary to members of the family too: when I have beetroot in the garden the girls will take some home with them, and some rosemary to make oven baked beetroot. I've managed not to buy tomatoes for five and a half months, but that's not totally self-sufficient.

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