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Money-Saving Mama: Planting a garden saves money

Posted: April 9, 2013 - 5:47pm
Karen Green
Karen Green

It seems that spring has been slow starting, but we are right on target for planting a garden. If you have ever thought of planting your own vegetables, now is as good a time as any.

You may only have a small place that you can plant a few planters. If this is the case, then plant wisely.

If you like tomatoes or salsa, plant a tomato plant in a large pot. This will give you enough tomatoes to eat or to chop up for homemade salsa.

You can plant a jalapeno pepper plant to add to your salsa as well.

Herbs grow well in pots and can easily be grown on a windowsill, so this is a great addition to your kitchen recipes.

Even cucumbers can be trained to grow upward in a pot with a trellis. You can buy the plants at a local farm store, such as Country Boy, or places such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart and Kmart.

If you have more room but not a full plot for a vegetable garden, you can plant vegetable plants in your landscape.

You can add tomato, pepper, cucumber, squash or other plants in established garden beds.

Add some pots with vegetable plants. There are even some great plans for making hanging planters out of rain gutters. You can find them on Google. They are great space savers and very functional.

Let’s say you have a large area that you can plant. Since the weather is now warming up, you can sow seeds in the ground. You also still have some time to grow your seeds in a tray and then transplant them when they start growing.

Make sure when you plan your garden that you look at the sun and shade during different times of the day. Most vegetable plants require at least six hours of sunlight daily to flower into vegetables.

You also want to make sure that you are able to get the proper amount of water.

For instance, tomato, pepper, squash, cucumber and other vegetables require water at regular intervals.

Plants such as watermelon require a good amount of water to begin with, but once they start growing you have to cut back on the water some so that they do not split.

You can purchase books or e-books that tell you all you need to know about vegetable gardening, or you can Google the plants to learn how to grow them.

Because of the layout of our yard, we are unable to have a large garden. However, we have a rather large vegetable garden in a family member’s yard.

We share the bounty as a thank you for letting us use the yard and the water it takes to raise the garden. This helps everyone involved.

This could be an idea for your family as well.

Growing your own food can help your bottom line a great deal. By spending the money up front to purchase the plants or seeds, you can save money in the long run.

If you are purchasing a large amount of seeds, buying them from a seed company such as Burpee, Territorial Seed Co., Michigan Bulb Co. and others can save you money as well.

The pride that you get from growing your own food, the health benefits from knowing that your food traveled as far as from the garden to your kitchen, and the money that you will save when you don’t have to buy
the food from the store is enough to make many take the leap and create their own garden.

KAREN GREEN CAN BE BOOKED TO TEACH COUPON CLASSES AND CAN BE REACHED AT BUDGETCOUPONS@COMCAST.NET.

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