April showers bring May flowers and it’s the perfect time to start a vegetable garden.
It’s just about that time again spring is almost here. The season to start a garden and it’s a great opportunity to save money on the food you buy. And you’ll be creating a fun and relaxing hobby.
If you enjoy fresh vegetables and working outside saving money is easier than you may think. It certainly takes some work but in the end it’s well worth it.
With as little as a ten dollar for seeds you can potentially grow over a thousand dollars worth of food and in fact if you’ve saved seeds from the vegetables you’ve purchased in the past you won’t even need to spend the 10 dollars.
These days produce is one of the highest priced commodities you’ll buy at the grocery store. Not to mention most often the quality is much better when grown at home. Have you ever compared a home-grown strawberry to a store bought one? The difference is quite amazing. The store bought strawberries are usually quite large but bitter. At home our garden strawberries are average strawberry size and very sweet right off the vine.
We keep a small garden about 10 by 15 feet and we usually grow a variety of tomatoes, strawberries, green beans, and peppers. You should grow what you enjoy most but consider the climate and which fruits and vegetables do well in the area as well. We always included a number of pumpkins for the final harvest in October but be careful they can take over a garden. But it’s perfect timing for Halloween and we end up saving another $20.00 dollars or so we would have otherwise spend buying pumpkins for 5.00-7.00 dollars a piece at the local grocery store. In addition if anyone else in your neighborhood keeps a garden you can trade your excess vegetables with them. It’s a great way to increase the variety.
The time you’ll have to dedicate to a garden varies with with the size of the garden and what you’re growing. For us it’s only a few hours a week. Weeding, watering and pruning and for us it’s a fun way to spend a few hours a week.
Seeds are rather inexpensive usually ten seeds for a dollar and you can harvest seeds from vegetables you currently buy.
(NOTE) With so many receiving food assistance in this economy it’s important to note vegetable plants and seeds can be purchased with EBT and or food stamps.
If you want to save even more money consider starting a compost heap. Compost heaps can create extremely rich soil and cut down on the trash bill at the same time. You can use non ink paper such as toilet paper rolls cardboard boxes and paper sacks to increase the volume.
How to grow your own garden.