Grow Your Own Vegetables (Wealth Tip #45)

Save Money By Growing Your Own Vegetables

Everyone wants to save money but did you ever think of growing your own vegetables as a way to do this?

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.

Parsley in a Pot

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.

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Give it a try and let us know how it goes…

So what will you do with the money you save?

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Grow Your Own Vegetables (Wealth Tip #45) — 14 Comments

  1. If you have enough land for vegetables, also try fruit trees, as you mention Carol. They take about as much work to plant, but need less work as they grow. While vegetables are harvested and you have to start over the next season, fruit trees get bigger every year. It’s satisfying to see continued growth year after year.
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    • Great point – if the climate is right (my wife is from the South of France) then fruit trees are super-easy (and healthy, and delicious) – we have raspberries (very expensive in the UK), lemons (lots of them), oranges, blackberries, apricots and quite a lot more – all in our garden when we’re in France.

      Even in the UK where the climate is not so good for fruit trees, you can still grow apples, strawberries & gooseberries very easily…

  2. Great article. I made a raised garden bed this year. I got a little over excited about having a garden because I planted too much in the garden. I’m trying to save money and this will definitely help. I have already picked greens, squash, tomatoes(only one) and strawberries( only about four actually ripened and my daughter and I ate them right off the vine). Next year, I will not over plant and put too many seeds in it. My children and I always try to come up with ways to save money. Love, love, love my garden! Check out the pics on my site and let me know what you think or offer advice on how to improve it. I’m so proud of it!!!!!

    • Hi Sharon,
      Glad you liked the article and it is wonderful to see you growing some food for yourself and your family! You have obviously got a lot out of it – not just food but a sense of wonderment and satisfaction. When you buy your seeds or seedlings just make sure you read the instructions on how far apart to plant them and you will be fine. I give my strawberries a drink of seaweed fertilizer every now and again and they seem to love it. It is winter where I am in Australia and my strawberries are flowering – most unusual but the climate change is playing havoc with fruiting times. So I say, keep calm and carry on πŸ™‚ Well done

  3. I had so much fun reading this. My mom is a strong believer of this. And because she is so good with plants; when we growing up we had fresh vegetables most of the time – tomato, coriander, lettuce, beans, carrots, potatoes, onions, chilli. We even had fruits in the backyard when we went back home for vacations (I am from India). My grandparents have this huge garden that has mangoes, custard apples, lychees and so much more! That is one habit that has stuck on. Though growing such variety is tougher in apartments but I manage once in a while.

    Not only are they healthier; I find it very exciting to have vegetable in your own house; it’s like I look into them everyday just to see their progress! Definitely a money saver and a health kick in!
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  4. I’m not very good at taking care of plants. I had a couple of houseplants give up on me in my old apartment before I gave up on them. My wife on the other hand is pretty good with them. I don’t know if she would be up for growing our own veggies, but I do see this as a really good idea for saving money.

    We have naturally growing grapes in the backyard that we collect each year. I thought about turning them into wine, but they aren’t really built for it. I might make jam out of them though. Maybe I should do that since I eat a lot of that stuff. I’ll have to give it a try.
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  5. This is really what I want to do, Carol! As a matter of fact, we are just trying to sell our house in the city to be able to buy a small farm by a lake with a lot of land to be able to grow vegetables and fruits on! Funny how I read your post NOW! πŸ™‚
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