Growing your own vegetables is not a unique idea, but it is one that will save you money in the long run.
Not only does it save you money, but there is a certain feeling of accomplishment in growing and feeding your family with fresh garden-grown vegetables. Not to mention the fact that it is healthier, too!
While the idea may not be unique, to many Americans a vegetable garden is just a distant memory as the woman below describes, and for a generation of children they may never experience the joy of gardening or fresh picked produce and believe that all vegetables come from a grocery store from far away places.
As one woman recently commented, “As a child, I used to help my grandmother with her vegetable garden. We had tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, squash, and eggplant. I can still remember the aroma from the tomato patch, with the fresh basil planted alongside it.
One of my best memories was taking the flowers from the squash plant and helping my grandmother make fried squash flowers using her secret batter.
After the tomatoes were picked, I used to help her with the canning process, only then it was in glass jars. The process is still used today, and every year I watch my next-door neighbors bottle their tomatoes in the same fashion as my grandmother.”
With the price of food as high as it is and with most people turning to alternative health ideas, having a vegetable garden enables you to save money and live a healthier lifestyle.
Consider this: There is a website offering six beefsteak tomatoes for $ 15.00 (outrageous!), whereas a package of seeds is approximately $ 1.95. At the supermarket, a can of crushed tomatoes usually costs approximately $ 1.49 per can, and fresh tomatoes average about $ .99 a pound.
There is plenty of money one can save by growing and maintaining a vegetable garden. In fact, adding herbs to the mix is a saving in and of itself.
The next time you take a trip to your local garden store, check out the prices for the aforementioned items. If you have an existing garden, you already know how much you can save; if you don’t have a garden, spring will be here soon enough for you to begin the process.
Save some money plant a vegetable garden, but better yet, plant a vegetable garden and get back to nature…and bring a child along with you.
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