Grow Your Own Food is Saving Money and Eating Healthier.
Growing your own fruits, herbs, and vegetables is one of the best ways that you can find to cut back on the ever rising cost of food.
Gardening doesn’t take a lot of space or money to get started in and even less monies to maintain the longer that you participate in it.
What most gardeners don’t realize though is that even the most basic costs of gardening can be lowered for further savings. There are a number of cost efficient ways to cultivate and grow your own food.
Big garden Little Garden. Gardening has many benefits. Grow Your Own Food :
Creating a garden area can shave a substantial amount of money off your annual grocery bill. It also gives you the security of knowing that harsh chemicals and pesticides aren’t being consumed by your family. It is a fun hobby that gives you the perfect opportunity to get out in the sunshine and play in the dirt.
Creating nutrient rich soil through composting.
One of the greatest cost areas in gardening is in acquiring and maintaining a nutrient rich soil in which to plant your crop. Many gardeners spend a great deal of money on purchasing soil, manure, and fertilizers to enrich their garden plot. This is completely unnecessary.
The richest soil available is completely free of charge and readily available to each and every person. In fact it is generally discarded as trash and thrown away into the local landfill each week from thousands of households.
It it compost and it is easily acquired through the simple process of composting vegetable waste from your kitchen. It is estimated that the average US household throws away about 200 pounds of vegetable waste each year. What a waste.
Compostable vegetable matter is nutrient rich material that can easily be converted into rich soil in a mere matter of weeks. Composting can save you a lot of money.
Now create a spot for your compost.
For creating a compost site simply dig a shallow hole at one corner of your garden area, deposit your vegetable waste into the hole, and lightly cover it with dirt.
All vegetable matter including vegetable peelings and trimmings, nut shells, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, tea bags, and small pieces of cardboard or paper can be composted there. Just add dirt, water and sunshine to begin the process.
Add a sprinkling of water and then stir the compost pile on a regular basis to increase the speed at which composting will occur. Nutrient rich soil can be produced within four to five weeks in a well maintained compost pile.
*Lard, oil, grease, meat or fish products, dairy or cheese products, pet wastes and any other toxic contaminants are items that should never be put into your compost site.
Avoid GMO by harvesting your own seeds and seedlings.
There are a couple of reasons why it is wise to harvest your own seeds or seedlings. Doing so will logically help you to save on gardening costs but there is also an environmental twist as well.
Many modern seeds are genetically modified or come coated with chemical pesticides. When you harvest your own organic seed you can provide a safer healthier alternative for both your family and any creatures who may come in contact with your garden area. This is especially important for pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Most gardeners generally make an annual spring trip to their favorite store to purchase seed and seedlings each spring. Much of this expense can be avoided. There are many types of seed and seedlings that are free for your use and all it takes to acquire them is a flat space to dry them and a small container to store them in.
The seed can be acquired from vegetables or fruit as we consume them. Just remove a selection of seed from the chosen food and set them out onto a paper towel to dry. Then store the dried seed in a small labeled brown paper bag or small metal container till planting time.
Tomato, green pepper, beans, peas, cucumber, apple, orange, watermelon and sunflower are an example of a few very easily acquired seeds.
Share seedlings and clippings with other gardeners.
Seedlings are a product that can be acquired without cost. Most gardeners are willing to share and all it takes is a few minutes to ask if they are willing to share a few sprigs of their current bushes or trees with you.
Apple, pear, cherry, and nut trees, as well as raspberries, strawberries or other fruit bushes can be inexpensively acquired in this manner.
Most trees and bushes need trimming or pruning anyway so sharing isn’t usually a problem where these items are concerned. Many herb gardeners are only to thrilled to pass along small sections of their plants as well as a few tips for their care.
If you spot something out there that you like, just take a few minutes to stop by to say hi, and ask if you might have a sprig or two to take home with you. When it comes your turn to do your pruning, pass along the bounty, and share a few sprigs with a neighbor or two.
Even apartment dwellers can container garden.
Even if you live in an apartment it is possible to have fresh herbs or vegetables. In a well lighted area of your apartment you can have container pots of herbs, dwarf trees, or lettuce rather than the standard houseplants that usually dwell in these areas.
If you have a balcony then you can easily plant a small lettuce, herb, or pea garden in balcony boxes. Even a small garden can bring great enjoyment for those who own them.
Composting can also be easily accomplished from apartment homes. Just use a pail or container to store your vegetable waste and combine it with dirt in a planter.
You can also simply save your vegetable material, and then take a trip to an outdoor area where you can return it to mother nature, and let her take care of the composting for you. She’s always willing to help out in the process, you just have to supply her with the waste material, and she’ll provide the sunshine and water.