These days your food bill is one of your biggest weekly expenses yes? Well growing vegetables is not as hard as you might think and you can save a bucket of money, every week, in the process.
In fact there are many reasons to start growing your own vegetables and saving money is just one of them. The biggest reason for me is to improve my health. I am sure you have all heard the saying, you are what you eat. Well I literally believe this.
Nutritionists believe that the fruit and vegetables you buy from the supermarket now are so nutritionally depleted that you would have to eat much more than you are capable of just to get your daily intake of vitamins from them. This is because the ground they are grown in is dead. The pesticides, fungicides and chemical fertilizers have killed all the ‘good stuff’ in the soil and poisoned your food. So growing your produce organically is definitely the way to go.
Where To Start…
When I first started growing my own vegetables, I planted some of the salad vegetables that we eat on a daily basis, like lettuce, spring onions, rocket, tomatoes, carrots, celery, beetroot, capsicum, chilli, zucchini, and snow peas, beans and cucumber if you have a trellis or mesh fence to grow them on. Squash and melons are also easy to grow if you have some space for them to sprawl.
I also started growing herbs like basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme and some lavender for its ability to attract bees to do the pollinating for you. Some of these I grew in pots as I didn’t have much space.
These vegetables and herbs allow you to pick them continuously. Get the continuous picking types of lettuce so you don’t have to wait to pick a whole lettuce. Just pick a few leaves at each mealtime and leave the plants to grow more. This selection will make a very tasty salad, they are easy to grow, are full of vitamins and minerals, and will save you money in your grocery bill.
Easier Shopping AND Significant Savings
Imagine if you didn’t have to buy ANY salad vegetables or culinary herbs. That can be a significant saving to you. Once you have built some confidence with growing some salad vegetables, you might then try growing some potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. A chayote or choko vine over the fence will give you and your neighbor an abundant harvest too.
Throw in some nasturtiums and marigolds to brighten it all up and keep the bugs away and you have a wonderful vegetable patch. All this can be done in a small space or even in containers if you can’t dig a patch. You can start by growing from seed or I suggest you buy some seedlings from an outdoor nursery and plant them for quick results.
If you’ve never grown anything before, start small and build up your garden as you need to. Don’t grow anything you probably won’t eat and grow more of the things you eat a lot of.
You will absolutely love the taste of your own home grown vegetables, you will feel as proud as punch when your family is eating the fruits of your labor, and you are making significant savings on your grocery bill.
Questions & Actions
Give it a try and let us know how it goes…
So what will you do with the money you save?