Grow Vegetables to Save Money
One of the easiest ways to grow a few vegetables is in a container garden. This is ideal for apartment dwellers or single people. Lettuce and salad greens grow well in containers. Salad mixes can be expensive so growing a pot of your own saves money. For more ideas on container gardening, check out BellaOnline's Container Gardening site.
Another option is a raised bed. These are four-sided wood structures that are filled with garden soil. Soil can be bought in bags at local big box stores like Lowe's or Home Depot. Usually the raised beds are available at the same stores. Bags of soil go on sale throughout the growing season. You can make your own raised bed from lumber to save money if you have basic carpentry skills. Or make a bed using bricks or cement blocks if you have them.
Just about any vegetable can be grown in a raised bed. Some vegetables, like corn, would need deep raised beds for their root systems. Herbs, lettuce, radishes, peas, and spinach are ideal to grow in beds.
Have some space in your flower bed? Why not put in a tomato, pepper, or herb? This makes gardening convenient. Here you can grow fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes without the extra cost of containers or beds? There is nothing tastier than a fresh tomato, but fresh tomatoes are expensive in the store. By growing your own you save the cost and increase the flavor. You can preserve or freeze the tomatoes you grow for use in future meals thereby saving even more money.
Lastly, consider a vegetable garden if you have the space. You can grow a variety of vegetables based on your preferences. Tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and zucchini are just a few vegetables to consider. A garden can save a lot of money by providing you vegetables throughout the growing season and beyond. Many of the vegetables can be canned, frozen, or kept and used throughout the winter months. Spaghetti, acorn, and butternut squashes keep in a cool, dry place all winter. Potatoes can be kept the same way. Just growing and saving a few vegetables can cut your grocery bill down a lot.
Vegetable gardening can really save some money. Plus, it provides you with fresh, healthy food which is good for you. Good food improves your health reducing future medical bills. A win-win situation all around.
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