Growing Your Own Food – 52 Week Money Savings Challenge
Welcome to the 52 Week Money Savings Challenge Week 22! I’m so excited you’re here and joining me on this challenge! Last week I talked about some of things I learned when we refinanced our home. This week, we’re going to chat about growing your own food.
Gardens and me haven’t always gotten along. My husband has said I pretty much have a black thumb. I’ve killed more plants than I care to admit and I had pretty much given up on a garden anytime soon. We live in California and have had a pretty severe drought the last couple years. Pair the drought with my uncanny ability to kill everything and I decided to put off attempting another garden for at least a year, if not two. But…
This past spring we had an interesting development in our mulch bin. We had seedlings sprouting up left and right. At first, I wasn’t going to worry about them (I’d probably kill them anyway). But they grew and grew and grew. We soon discovered we had a few tomatoes popping up, potatoes had sprouted and some squash. Time to come up with a plan.
My husband helped me build some more raised beds from wood we had laying around (my goal is to only grow in raised beds from now on), I bought a few more tomato plans, some bean plants and planted some seeds I had (very late I might add). We have been enjoying the fruits of our labors this year and surprise! I didn’t kill anything.
Our harvest this year included some herbs, blackberries, rhubarb (one of the few plants I’ve managed not to kill over the years), apples, carrots, tomatoes, beans (two kinds), butternut squash and potatoes. While they weren’t enough to keep me from having to buy some produce at the store during the summer, they definitely reduced my grocery budget a little and we were able to enjoy eating the food we grew. We have also been able to share some with friends and neighbors.
If you’re going to start a garden, there are some things to consider like time of year, climate, water prices, your set-up and if you need to purchase seeds or plants. This year might not be the year you start a garden, but it might be the year you start planning one. Look around your property and watch the amount of sun each section gets or if you live in an apartment and have a patio, start planning a container garden. Start doing some research into what grows well in your area.
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