Save Money and Eat Better by Growing Your Own Garden
The past two years we’ve lived in our house we’ve planted a garden. Not only does it save us money on purchasing vegetables, but it’s healthier and they taste amazing. Last year Mr. Money was able to spend a lot of time working on the garden. Since he got a promotion in December, he’s been working 12 hour days 5-6 days a week. Needless to say, our garden is reflecting that. We planted zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, peas, green beans, carrots, lettuce, beets, and assorted herbs. I am really disappointed in the yield from our garden this year. I had planned on canning tomatoes and green beans to save money this year. I don’t think I’ll be able to because some of the plants have died and are looking really sickly.
Next year, I have big plans for my garden. I want to plant more greens, like collard greens, collards, and spinach. I want to install a fence or netting to keep bugs and critters out. I want to make sure it gets weeded before the weeds overtake everything. Basically I want to do it all differently than this year.
We have gotten a few zucchini out of our garden, some green beans, and tons of tomatoes. We also compost, and Mr. Money made a beautiful compost bin to contain it and we will use our compost to put in the garden for next year. Here’s a tip: DON’T put weeds in the compost! They will make your compost weedy the next year. We learned that the hard way.
I anticipate getting some more vegetables out of the garden this season. We’ve also talked about planting a fall crop. I think that may be in my weekend plans!
Do you plant a garden or participate in a coop? Do you have any gardening tips to share?