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Save Money and Eat Healthy with a Vegetable Garden

Updated on March 13, 2011

Are you looking for a way to cut corners on your grocery bill? Why not grow some (or all) of your vegetables in your own back yard? Planting and tending a vegetable garden can be an enjoyable project that everyone in the family can participate in. A backyard garden can be a terrific way to enjoy access to fresh, seasonal vegetables without breaking the bank.

Save Money & Eat Healthy with a Vegetable Garden

1. Choose Appropriate Plants To enjoy gardening success, select vegetables that grow well in your climate. Additionally, it's important to pay attention to how much sun or shade the area where you want to plant the garden gets and choose varieties that are appropriate. This will greatly reduce the amount of work you have to put into cultivating healthy plants with a generous yield. Many vegetables require full sun, so try to choose a sunny spot for your garden.

2. Select Vegetables Your Family Will Eat There's no sense in growing vegetables that aren't likely to be consumed in your household. You'll only save money off your food bill if the plants you choose produce vegetables that you and your family will eat. Additionally, family members are much more likely to become engaged in the task of maintaining the garden if they expect to have an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

3. Follow Plant Care Instructions Find out the best way to care for the particular types of vegetables that you choose to plant in your garden. Some plants need more water than others, and not all plant fertilizers are created equally. When you decide what to plant, take the time to learn how to best care for your choices. Pay attention to the care instructions that come with your seeds or seedlings. If you have additional questions, ask an employee at your local nursery or garden center.

4. Start a Compost Pile You'll need to fertilize your vegetable plants in order to realize the greatest yield. Instead of spending money on chemical fertilizers, consider starting a compost pile. This will allow you to create your own organic fertilizer using household and yard waste. You'll save money and enjoy the health benefits of eating vegetables not exposed to potentially harmful chemicals.

5. Learn How to Preserve Vegetables A seasonal vegetable garden can actually have a positive impact on your food budget throughout the year. If you plant a nice quantity of plants that produce a good yield, you'll probably have more produce that you can eat during the season. Instead of letting excess bounty go to waste, learn how to can, freeze, or otherwise preserve them for use when they are out of season.

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    Garden Hole Guides 

    8 years ago

    Great tips for gardening. Kudos for adding in compost. A lot of people end up over fertilizing their gardens and killing their plants and compost is a great natural alternative.

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    Laminated Garden Guides 

    9 years ago

    Some articles say that people growing their own vegetables in the back yard are saving few hundred dollars a year! Growing vegetables is a good way to save money and get more variety on your table than you ever thought possible. The stuff you grow yourself tastes SO much better than the stuff that you get from the supermarket. Get a few plants established and give them reasonable care, and you'll be taking a big step toward freeing yourself from the high price of groceries!

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    DarleneMarie 

    9 years ago from USA

    Really great information! Having a vegetable garden is the best way to save money while enjoying fresh produce.

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    Triplet Mom 

    9 years ago from West Coast

    Thanks for the great tips, I am actually interested in growing a vegetable garden. I am not a green thumb at all but I think it would be something I could share with my kids and they would have fun doing it. Thanks again.

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