The More You Garden… The More You Grow…
A few summers ago I went a little crazy and built a bunch of 4′ by 8′ raised garden boxes in my backyard. My goal that summer (and this is going to sound crazy) was to grow a “ton” of food. Yes… you heard me… my goal was to grow 2,000lbs of produce right in my very own backyard… I must have been seriously bored that year 🙂 But…by the end of summer… after everything was all tallied up… I had grown 1,037 lbs of fresh organic veggies… still a massive amount of food… and all grown right in my very own backyard! Now… before you say “Holy Crackers Mavis… You’re Nuts”… let me tell you a little something else… Guess how much money I spent on wood,seeds,top soil, potting soil, seed trays and other odds and ends that summer? Well I’ll tell you. I spent $308 (more than most people spend on food in a month) which worked out to be roughly .33 cents a pound for all the food I grew. I didn’t factor my time into the equation because I consider gardening a hobby… some people watch t.v. for fun… I find joy in gardening, clipping coupons and making my husband crazy 😉
But seriously…can you imagine buying organic heirloom tomatoes for only .33 cents a pound? Or fresh beans or sugar snap peas? Let me tell ya… if Albertons was selling organic tomatoes, sugar snap peas or fresh green beans for only .33cents a lb… I’d be the first one in line… no double coupon needed 🙂
Even if you’re not looking to grow 2,000lbs of veggies in your backyard this summer… maybe just a few tomato plants and some green beans here and there… You should definitely do it… Not only will it will help cut down your grocery budget immensely… you might be able to grow enough to share the fruit of your labors with a neighbor or two… and I’m not talking about tying sacks of zucchini to your neighbors door and making a run for it either 🙂 In fact even if you’ve never gardened before… or your limited on space… there are a ton of great gardening books out there to help guide you to a successful gardening season… One of my favorite books that has helped me over the years is a wonderful little book called Carrots Love Tomatoes. This is an excellent book about companion planting… and it’s the perfect book if you’re limited on space… it will tell you what to plant next to each other and how to maximize your garden space.
And don’t think you need a bunch of fancy containers to start your plants in either… Just do what I do… ask your neighbors to save their spring planting containers for you. Then simply rinse them out with hot soapy water and let them dry. Then all you’ll need to do is toss in a little potting soil and plant your seeds. And before you know it… you’ll have a beanstalk tall enough that even Jack would want to climb…
So tell me… will you be planting anything this year? If so… what will you be planting?
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