Gardening 101: Grow your own food as inflation remains at historic highs
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Looking for a way to save money on your grocery bills despite today’s sky high prices?
Growing your own food could be a solution.
Building contractor Skip Bedell joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday and showcased two gardening brands he recommends for food-growing beginners and pros alike.
“If you’ve ever tried to have a garden, digging in dirt can be tricky,” Bedell said.
“You bend over, you work everything into the ground. You have pests and insects and things like that.”
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Vegepod – a raised garden bed system – is Bedell’s first recommended product because it allows gardeners to work at a comfortable waist height.
The brand’s compatible elevating stands can be installed in a fixed location or purchased with cart wheels that allow them to be easily moved.
Bedell thinks it could help urban gardeners who have patios or balconies.
Some of the other design benefits Bedell likes about Vegepod’s garden beds: They’re made from rot-proof polymer materials.
They also have a self-watering wick system that keeps the roots adequately watered.
For gardeners on the go, Bedell recommends Vegepod’s ultra-portable Vegebag, which allows people to care for plants on long trips.
And they have a variety of protective hoods that can function as a greenhouse, mister, and shade.
“It will allow you to [start] your garden earlier in the year and let it run longer in the season,” Bedell said on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” highlighting the brand’s PVC greenhouse cover.
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Waterings can be timed with the brand’s fogger-equipped lids, which are connectable to programmable garden hoses. In this way, the products can be taken care of when the gardeners are not at home.
Bedell added that Vegepod’s covers let the sun shine through.
“It allows all the goodness to enter the plants, but it keeps out birds, insects, pests and [weeds],” he said.
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For gardeners on the go, Bedell recommends the Vegepod’s ultra-portable Vegebag, which allows people to care for plants during long trips.
Bedell said the plant care bag can work for families like hers who like to camp for a month at a time.
Additionally, Bedell recommends the ReadyWise Heirloom Vegetable Seed Bucket.
The Salt Lake City-based survival food company packs 39 varieties of vegetables that represent 4,500 “heirloom” seeds, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and beans.
ReadyWise claims that these seeds have a shelf life of 10 years.
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“All lists tell you what’s in them,” Bedell said. “It’s amazing. All the nutrition you need is in that bucket.”
He added: “You can grow every season and also build up your stock as preparer.”
Bedell’s gardening tips come at a time when many American families are feeling the effects of inflation.
On Wednesday, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the April 2022 Consumer Price Index rose 8.3% “before seasonal adjustment” on “all items” from a year earlier. .
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“The food index rose 0.9% during the month, while the home food index rose 1%,” the agency wrote in its latest press release on the food index. consumer price.