Grow your own Food to be Self Sufficient

Posted by Mrs Money on August 23rd, 2008

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bigtomato.jpgEver since we started growing our own vegetables in our garden, I’ve been addicted. I’m addicted to the taste of my fresh organic vegetables, and I’m addicted to all the money we save by not having to pay for as many vegetables.  We’ve started drinking green smoothies to help incorporate more greens into our diet, and while it costs us more to buy more produce, we spend less on other junk food and crap and I think we end up saving money.  I am bummed because our garden isn’t as fruitful as I wished, but I’m trying to come up with some remedies to that.  I’ve come up with a few ideas.

  • Buy a membership to Costco.  The one thing that is holding me back is the $50 a year for a membership.  That is a lot of money!  Right now we’re using a friend’s membership when we want to go, but that gets inconvenient, especially with the amount of greens we consume. We do buy our dog food there because it is a lot cheaper and is good dog food, but my cost savings would be in the bulk vegetables.  Of course then I also wonder if we’d use them before they went bad, and also if I’d go over board and be tempted to buy other things while I was in there.  Sometimes I think if it’s a good deal I will buy way too much.  Of note: I haven’t had to buy body wash in over a year.
  • Plant a fall crop. This is realistic.  I just need to figure out when to plant it.  Maybe that will be one of our weekend activities!  I want to plant lots of leafy greens like spinach, kale, and swiss chard.  I’m afraid of mustard greens because I tried those in my smoothies once and it was spicy!  Talk about gross.  This option will be the cheapest and easiest.
  • Plant a hydroponic garden.  This is something I’d really like to do in the winter.  I’m also going to research planting some greens down in our basement.  My only worry is that we’d have to buy expensive lighting and that would stink.  Of course, it may be worth it. 

What do you think we should do?  Is there anything that I’ve missed?

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