Save Money and Eat Better by Growing Your Own Garden

Posted by Mrs Money on August 14th, 2008


vegg.jpgThe 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?

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8 Responses to “Save Money and Eat Better by Growing Your Own Garden”

  1. Grant says:

    My wife and I have tried to grow some herbs for cooking and a lime tree on our patio. So far all the herbs are dead and the lime tree isn’t looking so great… We really need to remember to water those things.


  2. This is my first year with a backyard garden. It is doing very well. Half of it consists of strawberry plants. It was great having fresh strawberries each morning for a period of about 2 weeks.


  3. Mrs Money says:

    Grant- that comment made me lol. You do have to water them for them to live!

    Goofblogger- I would love to have strawberries. Maybe I’ll plant those next year. Are they hard to keep?


  4. Not really, just make sure that you have some sort of screen over top of them while they are growing. Birds love to munch on strawberries.



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