Saving Money Through Vegetable Gardening – 3 Steps To Get Started
Today’s economy is tight and just about everything is rising in cost – especially food.
This is one of the reasons why many vegetable seed companies report massive (30% to 50%) increases in sales – more and more people are looking to save money by gardening and growing their own food.
But you’re probably saying: “I don’t know. I’m not sure if gardening can really save me money!” And that makes perfect sense.
True, the potential reduction in food costs brought by a home vegetable garden depends on a lot of factors: the vegetables and crops you’re trying to grow; the cost of tools and essentials you need to start planting, and the list goes on.
But consider this discovery by the National Gardening Association: the organization found out in a study that the average home with a vegetable garden spends only $70 annually to grow but yields $600 worth of vegetables!
The seed giant Burpee, on the other hand, found through a detailed and complete cost-analysis study that a well-planned vegetable garden can result in a 1-to-25 cost-savings ratio –that means spending $50 on seeds and fertilizers can result in $1,250 worth of groceries that you would need to buy from the local store otherwise!
Basil, oregano, rosemary, tomatoes, green peppers, zucchini – these are just some of the expensive herbs, spices, and vegetables that you can grow in a home garden without spending a fortune.
What’s more, you have the freedom to consume what you’ve grown or sell them for profit!
Are you still reading?
Good! I hope the studies and analysis mentioned above convinced you that while money doesn’t grow on trees, it can grow in a garden.
And if you’re interested in starting one and making sure it saves you bucks, here are 3 things you need to take a look at before you start planning your home vegetable garden:
Sun Availability: The amount of sunlight your space gets is one of the most important factors to consider when planning a garden. Some plants require full sun to grow best (8 hours of sunlight) like potatoes, squash, corn, etc. And then there are plants that don’t mind growing in part shade (at least 3 hours of sunlight) such as radish, peas, beets, broccoli, and other leafy vegetables.
Space: The more space you have the better – as that will allow you to plant a variety of crops. However, you probably don’t have a wide, spacious yard full of soil. But that’s ok! You don’t need a lot of space to start growing your garden.
If you think space is a problem, look up container and / or vertical gardening. These approaches are just two of the creative and money-saving ways to plant just about anything in your yard without consuming too much ‘real estate.’
Type Of Soil: Not all soils are created equal. Some have more clay particles, making them great at retaining water and easier to fertilize. Others have greater concentration of sand, resulting to a light texture that’s easy to dig, hoe, and weed through. And you can have a soil that has high amount of silt – drains well and encourages the proliferation of friendly soil microorganisms that your plants will love.
The vegetables you can plant largely depend on the type of soil you have.
Of course, there are other considerations to take when choosing which crops to plant – you can choose the veggies you consume the most or opt for those that are really expensive to buy from a store. But you must ensure that the plants are compatible with your soil first!
So before you start buying seeds and dreaming about a majestic, productive home garden, determine your soil type first and which plants thrive in it.
Fortunately, our friends over at GrabCo. published a detailed and helpful soil guide and chart that will help you find out what type of soil you have – as well as which plants grow well in it and what steps to take to ensure your garden is productive.
Summing Things Up
Will you save or even earn $600 to $1,250 annually from gardening and growing your own vegetables and crops?
You may save less or more, who knows!?
But get this: significantly slashing your food costs through gardening is a very real possibility. Moreover, growing your own veggies brings more than just financial benefits.
It inspires confidence at the dining table, knowing that your family is consuming safe and organically grown food. Gardening may also provide you with all the exercise you need to stay fit and healthy…and those are just some of the benefits!
So here’s our say: give home vegetable gardening a try and enjoy the ride.
Guest Post written by www.grabco.co.uk