How much would you spend every month on fresh fruit and vegetables? Would it be $200? or $300? For some, it may be even more. Each family is different, depending on how often they choose to eat out and how often they cook their own meals. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables maybe healthy for you and your family… but it may not be quite so healthy for your wallet. So every dollar counts.
What would you say if you were told you could slash your food bill by $2,500 or more every year? Imagine what you could do with all that extra cash in your pocket. If you grow your own fruit and vegetables at home, you could easily save this much and never have to shop at a supermarket again! Starting a vegetable garden may cost you a little with set up costs, but it’s an investment that will last you for a lifetime. Not only do you save money in the long term, but you also benefit by eating the freshest, organic produce you can source conveniently right at your own back door.
Vegetable seeds only cost a few of dollars per packet and are the cheapest way to grow your own vegetables. If you buy non-hybrid seeds you can learn how to collect the seed from your harvest and use it for the next season without buying any more seeds. Vegetable gardeners are often keen to swap seeds and produce with each other, so if you have excess seed of some varieties, you could join a food swap, community garden or permaculture group and barter for the seeds or produce that you might want. Cuttings of perennial herbs also don’t cost a thing, except perhaps a smile and a friendly attitude towards sharing. It’s a great experience in sharing, caring and growing together. It builds a sense of community among gardeners and this community spirit builds a richness in our souls that no money can buy.
Growing your own vegetables can be easy if you’re given the right instructions initially so you avoid too many failures along the way. When you learn from a group of experienced gardeners you have more success and pleasure. Step by step instructions on how to establish a vegetable garden and how to sow your own seed are available through my online tutorial and you’ll save 20% during our Supermarket Free Month of April. Join the Veggie Club online community on Facebook too and you can have all your questions answered by experienced gardeners as well as being inspired by novice gardeners too.
Toni, The Veggie Lady www.theveggielady.com