This week saw the USDA downgrade its corn yield in the United States from 166 bushels per acre to 146 bushels, but some growers are bracing for 100 or 105.
As you can see from the graphic below, the American farmers are having a harsh time of it weather wise. With lower yields and strong demand, especially from China, this will indeed mean that prices go up up up!
Back here in the UK we have to worry also. We too had a drought, albeit on a lesser scale, right up until June. Then we had a consistent 5 weeks of rain, with almost a weeks worth of rain failing each day. This has literally washed away or killed many corn crops due to be harvested this Autumn. Rest assured, that over the coming months, the already increasing food prices, will grow and grow, even if the crops don’t.
So today I propose that we grow our own Vegetables! Not only will this help our waistlines due to the calories saved, but will indeed save our pennies and pounds in the local greengrocers.
1) Grow the veg you like to eat – We will never advocate waste, so put your time and effort into the veg you like, then eat it all up.
2) Grow what is expensive to buy – If like the Kaizen’s you watch a lot of the cookery shows such as the Great British menu or Masterchef (Australia is a firm favourite), Asparagus, French Beans and Mangetout have become staples in our diet. They’re all ridiculously expensive to buy, so in the veg patch they go.
Where to get seeds?
With an ever growing number of allotment owners, and people interested in growing their own food, I don’t honestly think paying for seeds is really an option.
Try http://www.freecycle.org/group/UK for the seeds and also any small tools, if you don’t have them. If you must buy gardening tools, then budget no more than £20 for them, and check the special offers in Aldi or Lidl. We have found their ‘gardening deals’ to be great value and the products of a very high quality.
Total Annual Investment: £20
Annual Return: £500+