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So you are probably looking at the title of this post and thinking “with all of the money that goes into growing a garden, would gardening really save money on my grocery budget in the long run?”
The answer is an emphatic YES!
Don’t be intimidated by the fancy gardeners that you see on tv and on YouTube. Gardening is an endeavor that can cost as little or as much as you want it to.
My first garden was a 4 ft by 8 ft raised bed that my husband built for me. After materials, compost, seeds, and plants, we spent less than $20. Our family of four ate from the garden all summer long and I even had enough to can and freeze for later in the year.
As my knowledge and skill sets have grown, I have been able to save even more money by growing more food. Check this out; this past summer, I spent ninety-nine cents on a package of organic bell pepper seeds. I used ten of the fifty seeds inside of the pack to grow ten pepper plants. Each bell pepper plant gave me around twenty peppers each. My investment in ten bell pepper plants was twenty cents. From those ten plants, I harvested approximately two-hundred peppers. The last time I priced bell peppers at the grocery store, they were a dollar a piece! I have even seen them as much as three-dollars. In just bell peppers I saved, literally, hundreds of dollars!
Now you see why learning to garden would be beneficial to your grocery budget.
After a summer of harvesting and preserving, I have enough food put away to last until the following growing season. Gardening has enabled me to give my family locally grown, organic produce that I cannot afford in my weekly grocery budget. The money that I would be spending on canned tomato products, frozen veggies, relishes, pickles, etc., I am able to put toward stocking my pantry with staples and my freezer with meat.
Don’t miss understand what I am saying; it’s true that the more you grow the more you save, but you don’t have to grow a year’s worth of food to enjoy the savings! As I stated earlier, my first garden fed us all summer long. The food that we got from it would’ve easily cost a couple of hundred bucks at our local farmer’s market for equal quality produce. The added beauty was that I didn’t have to fight the traffic or the crowds to get organic, locally grown squash, peppers, tomatoes, onions, or okra. I just had to walk out to the little, raised bed beside my garage with my biggest mixing bowl to gather our garden goodies.
Are you convinced yet?
There are so many kinds of gardens and many different methods of gardening, that I’m certain you could find one to suit your needs.
Live in an apartment with a balcony? Try container gardening with shade-loving plants. Living on a postage stamp-sized property? Try square-foot gardening.
Do some research to find out what gardening-style best fits your needs and grow from there.
Tangi is a wife, mom, gardener, and committed frugal foodie. She shares her family’s life, love of liberty, and love for each other on their YouTube channel, “Freedom Homestead.” Check out her “A Day in the Life: Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Sprouting, and Gardening” video, and you will see just how dedicated she is to feeding her family well on a budget with homegrown food.
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