Posts Tagged ‘vegetable garden’

How To Grow Vegetables To Save You Money

Tomato, vegetable garden, how to save money growing your own food, best crops to plant to save money, I don’t know about you, but it seems like most people have thought allot about ways they can save money the past few years. More and more people have turned to growing their own food as one way to do that. That is a great idea, however, if that is your primary purpose of growing a garden, then you might want to consider that not all plants are going to produce equally for the amount of work, time and water involved. So to save you the trouble of figuring out which ones will give you the most bang for your buck here are a few ideas for you.

  1. What is the #1 home grown crop in America? That’s right: Tomatoes. These not only produce extremely well for planting just one crop, but pay off in taste too. You can make many expensive products at home from growing your own tomatoes too, like salsa, tomato/spaghetti sauce, and tomato soup. In my opinion, every home should have a tomato plant or two.
  2. Squash. Particularly winter squash. They are easy to grow as long as they have sufficient water and room to sprawl. They produce very well, but the thing that puts them over the top is that it is so easy to store the produce for later use! After they ripen, simply wash the outside of them with a little chlorine water to kill any bacteria growing, and put them in a cool room and store for later use. You can easily grow enough winter squash for your family for the winter by just growing one or two plants!
  3. Lettuce is such a great crop to grow and you can use the leaves so soon after they are planted, that it is a must in my garden. Not only do home grown salads taste so much better, it is so much cheaper than constantly buying the expensive bags and boxes of lettuce. Makes dinner easy too- just run out to the garden and pick some lettuce to make a great salad as a side or main dish for dinner. Love it!
  4. Root veggies like beets, radishes, and carrots take up very little space and can be grown quickly for a quick harvest. Buying beets in particular can get expensive from the store, so growing your own can be a great place to save money.
  5. Beans, pole or bush produce very well for the space they take up in the garden and are very easy to grow. They too can get expensive to purchase at the grocery store.

These are just some of the crops that can save you money by growing them in your garden. I hope this has given you some ideas for your garden, and that you will be able to plant a cash crop for yourself next year!

If you have any ideas of great money saving plants, please comment and let us know.

Happy Gardening!!

5 Easy Tips For Growing Better Tomatoes

The Tomato: A Vegetable or Fruit? tips for growing bigger better tomatoes, how to plant tomatoes to maximization the harvest, fertilize tomatoes, clipping leaves on tomatoes, choosing tomato plants, mulching tomato plants, trellising tomato plants, tomato cages Growing tomatoes can be so much fun, but wouldn’t it be nice to get more from fewer plants? Here are a few tips when planting and growing those tasty tomatoes.

  1. Chose small Tomato plants– If you are buying a tomato plant from a nursery or if you have grown your own, you might want to choose the smaller less established plants because they do better being transplanted, and will most likely produce better and get  bigger than those gallon sized tomato plants!
  2. Clip the lowest leaves off the tomato– When you are planting the plant, dig the hole extra deep and clip Continue reading

How To Conserve Water In The Garden

how to water your garden, how to conserve water in your garden, when should you water your garden, how often do you water a garden, how much water do plants need, what is the best way to water a garden, how do you tell if you need to water your garden,Watering your garden is a very important step in the process of growing your fruit and vegetables. It can also be of big concern when it comes to using too much or too little. How do you find that fine balance? That answer can be different from yard to yard, and from state to state. Here are some tips that will help.

  1. Water in the morning. Watering in the early morning before the sun warms up the air and ground will help to prevent most of the water being lost to evaporation. Watering at night might also do that, however, you might also open up the possibility for fungus and mold to grow with the water having such a long time to sit. The plants are better prepared for the day with a nice drink of water first thing in the morning.
  2. Use drip irrigation vs sprinkler. The whole plant dose not need Continue reading

Top 5 Vegetables That Grow Well In Shade

Growing Herbs in Containers, grown vegetables in shade, what vegetables grow well in shade, where will lettuce grow best, how do I keep lettuce from boltingHaving enough space in your yard to grow every thing can be a big problem for a gardener. Especially because most of those vegetables and fruit like to have full sun! I have good news for you. There are some vegetables that do well in part shade. Of course they will need some sun during the day say about 3 hours to get what they need from the sun. Planting some in the shadier areas of your yard will save those sunny spots to grow the sun lovers like tomatoes, peppers, and squash plants.

The trick to knowing if your plant will do OK with less sunlight is this: If the vegetable is grown to eat the leafy part, or possibly the roots, they do well without as much sun. If the vegetable is grown to eat a fruit that is produced by the plant, it needs lots of sunlight. Growing these vegetables in part shade might also help to keep the soil from drying out so quickly. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Grow a Vegetable Garden

5 ways to grow a vegeatble garden, why grow a garden, growing a vegetable garden, growing fruit in your gardenThere really is no possible way to put a number to the benefits of growing a vegetable garden, but if you are thinking of putting one in, here are 5 reasons that you absolutely have to.

  1. It gets you moving. You have to do some lifting, and moving around to put in and maintain a garden although it can be as much or as little work as you want, the work is great to keep your body moving.
  2. Relieves daily stress. Our modern world has countless benefits, however those pay it’s toll and we live in a very stressful world. Being part of a growing process brings you back a little bit and can help aliveiate that stress in your life.
  3. Produces yummy fruit and vegetables to eat. Tomatoes, peas and corn- oh my! Continue reading

What is Your Favorite Vegetable to Grow?

We all have our favorites in the garden.  Please take a second to let us know what your favorite vegetable to grow in the garden is.