These days a large part of our grocery bills goes towards the produce we eat and with all of the health scares, wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly where it’s coming from? An easy solution for this problem is to grow your own groceries. It’s easy to do and the benefits far outweigh the effort. Here are some things to consider.
First, you should consider the amount of time you have to work in your garden and your available funds. Try starting small, you can always expand later, and you would be surprised how much you can produce in a small space.
Next, decide on what you and your family enjoy, you don’t want to plant something that could go to waste. Then check out what grows well in your area at certain times of the year.
Herbs are a great way to get started in gardening. They are easy to grow in containers in small spaces and you will always have them around when you need them. They can also be moved indoors if needed. You can even freeze or dry them to use at anytime during the year.
Another great container plant is lettuce and any time you want a salad all you have to do is go outside and clip off some leaves, no need to drive to the store.
If you are tight on space think about tomatoes, they grow very well in containers. If you decide to plant tomatoes, remember that there are two different types, determinate and indeterminate.
Determinate tomatoes grow to a certain height and stop; these plants don’t take up very much space. Indeterminate tomatoes can grow to any height and will need a staking system to keep them from touching the ground.
Other produce that is easy to grow if you have space is squash, cabbage and bell peppers.
Growing your own groceries is a fun and easy way to save money, plus there’s nothing like enjoying fresh herbs and vegetables straight from the garden.