Save Money and Eat Better by Growing Your Own Garden

Posted by Mrs Money on August 14th, 2008

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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.

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  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.

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  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?

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  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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