Great Savings 39 – Grow Your Own Produce

 

What good is saving money and building wealth if it means lowering the quality of life? In today’s tip, we’ll discuss how you can have it all. Not only can you save on fresh produce, but you can insure your family is eating their healthiest.

 

I don't own a farm, but I can still garden.

Growing produce doesn’t require a huge farm or special equipment. Just about anyone and everyone can do it.

If you’ve never grown a plant from a seed before the idea of starting a garden may sound difficult. Thankfully, Mother Nature does most of the work for us. All we need to get started are a few basics, like a plot (or pot) of good dirt, some water, sun and a bit of patience. And even if you live in an apartment, growing plants isn’t out of the question as there are a variety of indoor gardening kits available.

 

Before dismissing the idea of growing some of your own produce altogether, please consider these six important benefits:

 

Tomatoes are good for you.

Is there anything better than a truly ripe tomato? Why not grow one and find out?

(1) Better Taste: Nothing tastes fresher than produce picked off the vine. Most food purchased at your local grocery store arrives from the farm after being shipped in refrigerated containers. In order for the food to arrive fresh and unspoiled, it must be harvested early—too early. That means, for example, tomatoes get picked green, and by the time you eat them they taste nothing at all the way a tomato should taste.

 

This is Great Savings Tip 39 - Grow Your Own Produce from Javabird.com.(2) Organic: Are you trying to eat organic? When you grow your own food you take total control over what chemicals, if any, are used in the process. That means you can eliminate unnecessary pesticides that may be harmful to your health. Interestingly, many nutritionists are now convinced organic foods may help in the battle to control weight.

 

There's nothing like fruit picked when it's truly ripe.

Fruit takes a bit more patience, especially as you need to wait for the trees to grow. Yet tree ripened pairs, apples, plums and the like just can’t be beat when it comes to flavor.

(3) Cut Stress: There’s a sense of pride in eating something you’ve grown on your own. Plus, the very act of growing plants and working the dirt is fun. That means a garden can help reduce stress and that’s good for your overall health.

 

(4) Health: Also good for health is the exercise you get planting or working a garden, not to mention the added oxygen plants create by breaking down the carbon dioxide we exhale into oxygen and carbon components. What’s that? You don’t have a backyard? You can still improve air quality by growing indoor plants.

 

I love fresh Rosemary in many of the dishes I create.

Herbs are easy to grow indoors as well as out. You can grow many herbs like this Rosemary in a pot next to a bright window.

(5) Reduce Packaging: If you’re concerned manufacturers and stores use too much packaging, or that the packaging ends up as litter as often as it’s recycled, you can do your part to help by growing your own produce. When you grow it yourself, you won’t need to keep food in throwaway plastic bins or plastic bags. If more of us did that we’d save energy too.

 

(6) Less Expensive: Perhaps one of the greatest benefits to growing your own is how is ends up saving money. For example, take a look at the fresh herbs you can buy in the store. The prices they ask are a few springs of thyme or rosemary, or a small container of basil are often several dollars–that’s outrageous! And don’t forget, the reason it costs more is the price has to include the container holding it, the labor putting it on the shelf, the cost of shipping, storage and so on. You can skip all of that by growing it yourself.

 

 

Growing veggies isn't that hard and the results make the effort worthwhile.

Zucchini is remarkably easy to grown in a garden. All you need is good dirt, sun and water.

While the idea of growing an garden may sound like a huge project, you don’t have to do more than makes sense for your lifestyle. For example, say you really like fresh, ripe tomatoes. Instead of tilling up the entire backyard and planting rows of seeds only to end up with far more than you can use, plant a couple tomato starts in a pot or two. Once advantage is the pot can be moved around if seasonal or daily sun patterns are a factor where you live. Another advantage is it’s easier to control weeds and keep insects at bay.

 

It's snowing. I'll have to do my gardening inside.

Okay, maybe it’s the wrong time of year to start growing outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow a few herbs inside. Why not give it a try?

If you don’t have a yard and lack a deck to hold a pot, you can still grow many plants indoors, either using a grow light or by investing in an indoor gardening kit. One of the most popular types of indoor kits available are those used to grow fresh herbs.

 

You can find indoor kits at many nurseries, kitchen, and home and garden stores. The kits come with a growing container, grow light, nutrients, seeds and everything else you need to start your indoor herb garden. If you’re still trying to picture what a kit might look like, check out the hydroponic unit below which is available from Amazon.com. Click on the picture to get more details.

 

 

If you’re ready to think much bigger, you may be interested to learn about urban farming.  This unique method of farming can supply you and your family with all the free produce you can eat! If you’d like to learn more then read our post, “Urban Farming: Fresh Food At No Cost”. Or for those just wanting a few good books on gardening, check out these titles at Amazon:

 

 

Action Item: Pick a vegetable you like and start a gardening project today. If seasonal weather is working against you, start with a favorite herb and try growing it in a sunny window or pick up an indoor gardening kit. Ultimately, eating the produce you grow yourself is all about saving money and improving the quality of life. Hey, what are you waiting for?

2 Responses to Great Savings 39 – Grow Your Own Produce

  • connie says:

    another good way to produce your own vegetables is to inter-plant vegetables, herbs, and berry bushes in your existing flowerbeds. Additionally, there are many flowering plants that are edible, so they do double duty!

    Planting dwarf or semi dwarf fruit trees is also a good idea. They not only produce fruit, but they are attractive landscape trees as well.

  • connie says:

    installing a small greenhouse (with a heating source for winter) in your backyard ensures year-round produce.

    Similarly, if space allows, building a solarium onto the South or Southwest side of your house allows you to grow all sorts of things indoors during the cooler months, and also provides a pleasant place to spend time during the dreary months of winter. (Growing your own dwarf lemon and orange trees is one of the benefits of this type of structure)

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