The ULTIMATE Money Saver (and Health Too) — Grow A Garden!

Tuesday Jan 10, 2017

Yes, it’s that time of the year when we need to start planning for spring!

One of the best ways to save on your grocery bill is to grow your own food.  You would be surprised just how much money you can save even with just a small 4′ x 4′ raised bed.   And you can be very frugal with the costs of gardening as well.  Let’s start with some frugal gardening tips that are sure to not only help with your initial costs for setup with your garden, but will help you long-term to provide amazing vegetables for your family and save you on your food bill.

I’ve researched many different “methods” of gardening over the years and I’d like to share my thoughts with you on what I’ve found that works and what doesn’t work.  Far too often, people set out to construct a garden that will feed their entire family the first year.  The garden is usually way to large in size and no one has given any thought to the amount of time and energy it will take to maintain.  That usually results in the person failing at their gardening attempt and just giving up to the weeds.  I would like to show you what will work and how you can be successful with your own vegetable garden.

First, the traditional “row” method is very labor intensive and time consuming.  I’ve found several major flaws with the row method that eventually leads to the home garden abandoning their garden.

  • Weeds – with traditional row gardening, there is weeding that must be done routinely.  This can take a good deal of time and energy.  Many gardeners call it quits.
  • Soil erosion – you work so hard to build your soil so that it’s rich and full of the nutrients your vegetable plants need.  One rain can wash all of that hard work away and leave the gardener walking around in a mud hole.
  • Space – so much of your garden space in traditional row gardening is dedicated to your walking paths and not to growing your vegetables.  That’s more space that the garden has to maintain and weed regularly.  And the gardener ends up with a garden which is larger than really needed.

What type of garden do I recommend?  The raised bed system.  It is probably the easiest method that I’ve found and it’s the most productive method.  With proper mulching, weeds are easy to keep at bay.  Weeding is probably the number one reason that people abandon their gardens.  Weeding is very laborious and time consuming – and not something you can do with a bad back.  With a heavy rain, the amazing top soil that you’ve worked so hard on isn’t all washed away.  You can intensively garden in a much smaller and compact space and that will ultimately save you time.   I suggest that if you are interested in starting a garden to grow food to feed your family, please research the raised bed method.  I will write another post on building your raised bed garden for LITTLE OR NO COST.

If you live in an apartment or in an area that is prohibited for you to install a vegetable garden, you may want to consider what you can do with “container” gardening.  I’ll write a post on this at a later time.

Yesterday, I headed over to the Dollar Tree to do a little shopping and I was pleasantly surprised to see that even the Dollar Tree (where everything is $1) had their gardening items stocked.   The seeds were 4 packets for $1 and plastic gardening pots were only $1.

Do you grow a vegetable garden?

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