Now that the growing season is upon us, you might want to consider a vegetable garden as part of your money saving plan. Even if you have minimal space to grow in, or have very little experience in gardening, there are ways that you can use vegetable planting to save your household a good bit of cash. Consider the money saving gardening tips below:
Use Your Vegetable Garden to Plant What You Love
Are you a big salad eater? Plant a different variety or two of lettuce (in some pots if you don’t have much garden space) and have lettuce at your fingertips anytime the craving for a great salad hits. Lettuce is fast-growing and can handle colder weather, so it’s a great choice for a vegetable garden in nearly any climate.
Do you love tomatoes? Plant enough to have them fresh through the growing season and to can and freeze for later. Are you limited on space? Buy a hanging tomato plant or a simple pot with Roma Tomatoes to have in your yard or on your deck. Roma tomatoes produce in abundance too, so even one plant can give you enough to can or freeze a substantial amount of tomatoes.
Keep it Simple, Sweetie
If you’re in an apartment or condo that doesn’t have a yard, consider starting with herbs. A nice little pot of your favorite herb, such as Basil or Sage will fit nicely on a small table or window sill and provide you with fresh herbs all year around if properly cared for, saving you cash as the herbs purchased in grocery stores are generally quite expensive.
If you’ve got a small yard or patio, pick your favorite, most-consumed 3-5 plants for your vegetable garden, keeping space to a minimum. If you have the space for a big garden, make sure that you’re not wasting money by planting certain veggies “just because”. Plant only what you know you’ll eat.
No, not you: your garden! 🙂 Have pea or green bean vines grow up lattice on the side of the house, or upside-down hanging tomato baskets to hang on your deck. Not only will this save you space, it will save your garden from rabbits and other roaming creatures, thereby increasing your bounty and saving money in the process.
When planting your vegetable garden, think long-term. You might not have a lot of freezer space for freezing beans or peas, but maybe you could can salsa instead. A couple of healthy Roma Tomato plants and a nice Green Pepper or Jalapeno plant or two, along with some onion plants, will give you enough yield for several jars of salsa or Bruschetta, both of which are fairly easy to can with a hot-water bath canner.
Pick the vegetables you love the most, and plant an abundance of them where you have space, making sure to can or freeze them when they’re ready to go. Then, instead of buying salsa or pickles, you can grab some healthy and delicious homemade ones out of your pantry. Your pocket book and your health with thank you.
Growing and preserving your own food from your vegetable garden can seem intimidating when you first start out, but by following the money saving tips above, you can cash in on some serious cash and grow your way to good health all at the same time.
What are your favorite money saving tips for your vegetable garden? If you had to pick just one veggie to grow, which one would it be?
Photo courtesy of: Jay Bay