It’s that time of year again where we start thinking about gardening! What do we want to grow this year? Are there new or better varieties to choose from? Where do I want to buy my seeds (if you didn’t save from last year or just want something different. Do I need new garden tools or supplies?
Growing a vegetable, fruit, and herb garden is a great way to help anyone on a budget whether you have a large family, just having a hard time making ends meet, or just trying to save extra money. We all know at certain times of the year some fruits and vegetable can get pretty expensive!
5 Ways A Garden Can Help
1.) Fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs for your family to consume. Myself and my kids love to eat fresh fruits and veggies straight from the garden. Summer salads are awesome! They love watching the melons and pumpkins grow and have a blast picking and eating the berries.
*Bonus, it is a great learning experience for them as well and teaches them a little work ethic too.
2.) Canning and freezing vegetables and fruits. Drying herbs for seasoning your dishes. You can have veggies and fruits all year-long if you can and/or freeze your favorites! Dry herbs and store them in labeled ball jars or old spice jars you might have saved (this is what I do.) If you have a spice rack with jars, better yet!
3.) Have a vegetable and fruit stand to sell over abundance of what you’ve grown. Grew too much? Set up a small stand on the corner of your drive and sell some of the extra fruits and vegetables! You would be surprised how many people will stop for that nice red tomato or that big green zucchini!
4.) Trade or barter with family, friends, and neighbors for different fruits or vegetables they may have grown that you haven’t and vice versa. Forgot to plant corn or just didn’t have enough room in your garden? Ask around to see who has extra, offer something in return that they may not have planted in their garden.
5.) Dry seeds from some of your fruits and vegetables to start the cycle all over next year! As you begin to reap the rewards of all your hard work, don’t forget to dry some of your seeds to use in your next garden. Just be sure to label the jars or bags!
The Seeds I Have Used
Because there have been many times I have forgotten to save seeds. I shop Amazon for my seeds and starter supplies. They have a lot of deals, good seeds, and an amazing variety of Organic, Non-GMO, Sustainable Seed Bags, Combo Packs and more!
These are the ways I help my family budget and allow my family to continuously eat healthy. Do you garden? What do you grow?
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