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what foods do you grow and get for free

fishingmumfishingmum Member Posts: 562 Pioneering
Whilst researching prices for foods I grow or catch or swap I was surprised to see how expensive a lot were. Fish is a main source of food here, So I was surprised to find it is selling at £9 per kilo for mackerel, £20+ for salmon and trout. The chepest I found was breaded pollack at £5 per kilo.
I tend to make recipes out of my free foods, I think if I was to buy foods that I got for free, I would be starving by half way through the week. So if anyone wants to give ingredients they get for free, I thought we could do recipes based on this to help keep costs down.

Free foods, Eggs, Pollack, colefish, cod, salmon, trout, mackerel, conger eel, dogfish, plaice, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, leeks, corgette, turnip, spinach, chard, spring onions, red onions, white onions, squash, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, chives, basil, oregano, parsley, strawberries, garlic and pick locally, rhubarb, chestnuts, hazelnuts, sloe berries, brambles, mushrooms, mussels, razorfish, cockles
I suppose, I could add nettles and dandelions, once made nettles into pasta and have used the petals of dandelions in salads before, but as a general rule I do not use them often. Although I am considering picking a few dandelions by the root to ground down to see if it does make a nice coffee substitute :)

So what do you pick/grow/swap?
life is too short to let others make you miserable.

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  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @fishingmum Thanks for this I like this. Unfortunately only free food for me is herbs. I love what you are doing. All that is free. 

    Proves that by being self sufficient is worth while. Really great. 

    Problem is the cost of food.   Far too expensive and will the costs rise due to BREXIT.?

    Who knows ?


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  • fishingmumfishingmum Member Posts: 562 Pioneering
    I am sure they will rise due to Brexit, but overall food is getting more and more expensive, the more you can do for yourself the better off you will be, maybe you could consider swapping some herbs for ones you do not have, or if you have enough garden space allow someone to grow veggies for you and they can benefit from free veg and time to garden. @thespiceman
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  • EstherBEstherB Member Posts: 16 Courageous
    I have just starts growing cucumbers, peas,  rhubarb, parsley and basil. Had tomatoes and spring onions planted but the wind knocked them over and broke them. I will start again. I am pleased how the others are coming along.
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Member Posts: 562 Pioneering
    @EstherB you can buy a small windbreak for the tomatoes, I grow mine in the green house to start with then move out once they are large enough, last couple of years have not done so well here as the weather has not been great for them, but this year with all the sun we have had has made it worth it.

    @Victoriad lmho, I do the carrots for the winter and normally get about 5 kilo from a raised bed which helps as I grow all my soup stuff so saves me a good bit over the year, as it is a free meal.
    Not related to the Clampetts either, but I also make candles, soap, wine and knit and sew every bit of money saved is money earned :)
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Member Posts: 562 Pioneering
    @VictoriadI am not hard on clothes, but I do tend to refashion them so it looks like something new, or curtains or chair covers, just whatever when I have time.
    As for the carrots that is my winter stash, I do earlies, autumnal ones and have my January/ February uplift, but at that time of year it is very welcome.

    I am about to start making shampoo and conditioner bars rather than liquid form, never tried it before but it saves on waste and mostly plastics so going for that next.

    With kids in the house that play outside I need to sew regardless of liking it or not, so I am glad I like it :) The knitting can be expensive as wool costs a lot, but I pick stuff up at charity shops as well, and every time kids have outgrown a jumper, I take the wool back and re knit it into something else. Last top I made myself was from an old pillow slip, so always a way to do something to brighten your day.
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  • GainaGaina Member Posts: 133 Pioneering
    If you want simple, nutritious recipes that fit your budget, check out Jack Monroe's website. :)


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  • GainaGaina Member Posts: 133 Pioneering
    Victoriad said:
    I think she’s Scottish as I’m sure she used to have a Wednesday afternoon slot on Radio Scotland.


    Jack's from Southend-on-Sea. 😊
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Member Posts: 562 Pioneering
    @VictoriadI have never had it, I think making sure parsnips and parsley etc are not planted near my carrots and also stock rotation helps, also planting at different times making sure I get most of them. I don't plant parsnips winter or early spring but instead plant them mid summer, less likely to attract the fly, a few of my earlies I also let go to seed so it keeps the rest of the year going. keeping my fingers crossed for you about your queen.
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Member Posts: 562 Pioneering
    I use autumn king, which grows fine the rest of the year too lol, not a lovely thought about them being aggressive hope you have medication at hand just in case
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Member Posts: 562 Pioneering
    OMG, you really need to be careful, go bee keep by proxy lol, Think I would move closer to a & e and give up the bees if I were in your position, I am certainly not brave enough.
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Member Posts: 562 Pioneering
    Victoriad said:
    But the saying, sums up my mindset in dealing with this problem.......
    Meglio un giorno da leone, che 100 da pecora.



    very true, but still maybe a 50/50 lol
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Member Posts: 562 Pioneering
    I am so glad for you that things for you mentally have picked up, its not eaqsy easy with any condition that constrains your life and impacts on relationships, but the fact you hve came out gloves up good for you.

    I love brambles, we normally do a mix of wine and bramble jelly and a few pies :) this year so far it is not looking to promising with the winds we had over winter most of them are wind burned.
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  • markcumbriamarkcumbria Member Posts: 28 Connected
    Hi fishingmum I was told a way to grow tomatoes  if you cut a full tomato in half and plant the half of the tomato seeds up in a pot or grow bag it will grow into a plant
  • fishingmumfishingmum Member Posts: 562 Pioneering
    @markcumbria hi there, yes it does work I have tried that, also if you cut the tip off of a spring onion you can regrow them I have done that also, same with carrots, I ahve yet to try other ones but between this year and the next I plan to get more time to do experiments.
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
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