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Looking to shave a little off your grocery bill each month? One simple way to accomplish this is by planting a garden and strategically planting a few of the more expensive produce items you usually buy. Your garden won’t start yielding enough vegetables overnight to feed your whole family, but after a few months you will see a definite reduction in your grocery bill.
Here are a few tips to help you plant a garden that will satisfy your appetite for heathy fresh food and your cravings for savings.
Before we get started with what things you should plant, here’s what you shouldn’t fill it with: produce you won’t eat. This is a common mistake, and an easy one to fall into for the beginning gardener swept up in the idea of planting a garden. Since the objective here is to save money, no matter how cheap or high yield the plant, there is no point in planting anything you don’t plan on eating. A plot full of squash is just wasted space if you don’t like squash.
Herbs are a great plant for the thrifty gardener for a couple reasons. The first is that they grow well in unfertilized soil, and don’t need to be constantly watered. This means that even if you’re busy, they won’t wither and die if you miss a day or two of watering.
The second reason is that herbs only need to produce a little to make up for the investment in planting them. A plant like a pumpkin, for example, needs to produce a large volume of pumpkins to actually be worth the investment. Herbs, on the other hand, only need to produce a small yield to be worth your while.
If you want to grow something a little more ambitious than herbs, you can’t go wrong with these three favorites. A healthy tomato or cucumber plant will produce a bucket’s worth of produce over the course of a just a few months. Lettuce is even more productive, and if you only pick the outer leaves of a row of lettuce plants, you can have fresh salad every day for weeks.
For those with a green thumb planting a garden is a relaxing hobby that gets them out of the house and into the fresh air and sun. Most of us never expect to make a profit off of what we grow, but if you are looking for a fun and delicious way to save money and eat healthy, planting a garden is the way to go.
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