Jenn from Because I’m Cheap asked her readers a question:
“Is it cheaper to have a garden than buy groceries?”
As with almost every question, my answer is…
Visit the local nurseries and ask local experts what are the best plants to grow
Try turning “weeds” into “desirables” by adding them to your diet. Some weeds that grow local to me are dandelions, miner’s lettuce, anise, and blackberries.
Try growing from groceries – celery, onions, potatoes, and many other produce can be put in water and grown into a new plant. Transfer your plant to soil, or simply cut off the new growth and grow a “garden” in your kitchen.
If you are successful in getting a larger crop then your family can eat, try learning how to can and preserve the food rather than giving away your abundance (although, you do gain a lot of friends that way…)
Other Reasons to Have a Garden
Even if you find it more expensive to plant a garden, it is still a good idea to know how to grow food.
Some schools have a “Garden of Learning” to teach children the skills of tending a garden. If there is such a school near you, consider visiting it and talking with staff about what they grow and how. Why?
Because children expect results, and a successful garden of learning will produce fruit, vegetables, and herbs that are so easy to grow in your area even children can do it.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)