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There are plenty of reasons to get your hands a little dirty planting a vegetable garden this year. And one really juicy reason is the rising cost of food, which makes some of those super healthy and tasty vegetables pretty expensive at the supermarket.
If supermarket prices put you off – and let’s be honest, they do – why not start to grow your own vegetables? If you’re already a fan of gardening and your garden will allow it, plant some tomatoes, plant some, erm… potatoes, plant some aubergines and get cooking!
Growing your vegetables is also a great way for getting the kids interested in vegetables also! Get them to do as much as possible, refer to them as their vegetables from planting the seeds to actually eating the veg.
Gardening is good exercise, they make products that are so convenient, and when you’re sat at the table with all your family, you’ll be glad you planted the veg.
Tomatoes can cost you over $5 a pound depending on where you live. They grow well in most climates during summer months, and taste so much better when they come straight from your garden. You can also yield a bunch to can or preserve to get you through the winter, too.
Ironically, herbs, which are very easy to grow at home, can cost you the most at the supermarket. Those little $5 plastic containers of fresh basil, dill and chives, etc, don’t even need an outdoor garden. You can grow most of them on a kitchen windowsill. Plus, they’re decorative and make your home smell delicious.
Artichokes are so incredible on the summer grill, but they’re not cheap. Just one can cost $5! These deliciously fragrant members of the rose family are also a beautiful and healthy addition to any garden.
Those big, juicy summer melons and rich fall squash are so tasty and versatile, but because of their size, they can end up being quite pricey at a per pound cost, costing more than $10 for one watermelon or pumpkin. Try rotating them in the same space in your garden for nutrient-rich seasonal favorites.
Fruits, especially organic ones, can be costly register rings, but they’re such an important part of a healthy diet! An economical and tasty way to have your own variety of fruits at home is by planting dwarf fruit trees. Berries are also easy to grow and a super tasty summer treat.
Nothing is worse than walking away with bags and bags of groceries and then watching over the next few days as your produce begins to brown or mold in the fridge before you even get the chance to eat it. For this reason, simply being able to pick your own produce from your garden helps eliminate waste. Another basic money saving benefit is that once you buy seeds and soil your expenses are covered. This cuts down on your monthly food budget and you won’t have to face the aggravation of watching expensive produce go bad.
retirebyforty’s thought: We love our local farmer market and they have great products, but the price is just too high. It’s a good thing we have a community garden and we can get fresh lettuce, carrot, cilantro, green beans, and more as needed. It’s a great way to save money and eat locally. Unfortunately, I spotted a bunch of aphids on the onions and chives a few days ago! YUK!!! I hate aphids! I’ll notify our head gardener and see what we can do about them. 🙁
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
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