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Save Money - Grow Your Own Fruit and Vegetables Indoors

Updated on May 29, 2013

With the prices of food increasing every day, we all hope to find ways to save money. In the past, growing your own food was economical, profitable, and possible. People often owned enough land to grow a large garden, sustain livestock, and harvest grains. The popularity of growing a garden declined within the last fifty years, however, as the price of produce was low enough for most of the general public to afford.

As we experience a return to higher food prices, more and more individuals are seeking out ways of growing their own fruits and vegetables from the comfort of their homes. Many do not have enough land with nutrient-rich soil to sustain a garden. Others simply do not have the time it takes to invest in gardening. Some may live in urban areas where they have no gardening space at all.

Regardless of the season or your geographical location, it is possible to save money by growing your own fruit and vegetables in your own home. With today's horticultural technology and hybrid vegetable varieties, anyone can pick fresh, ripe tomatoes from a living room tomato plant, cut crisp lettuce from planter pots in the windowsill, or harvest a pot full of green beans from an enclosed patio.

In fact, it is so easy to grow vegetables indoors that it is not necessary to have a green thumb! Some horticultural technologies today require only an electrical outlet and a few initial steps such as planting the vegetable seeds. Others who wish to take a more traditional approach may place planter pots full of vegetable plants in direct sunlight in an unobstructed window sill. Sun lamps, which are also known as "grow lights" can be used when direct sunlight is not available or is not adequate. When compared to the continual, profitable returns, the small investment of time and money required to begin growing vegetables in your home is well worth the effort!

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Hydroponics

Have you ever tried growing plants using hydroponics? Hydroponics is basically growing plants without the use of soil.

Generally a soil-less mixture of inert materials like perlite, mineral wool, perlite, pebbles or gravel. The nutrients and minerals required by the plants are fed through the water in the system.

There are lots of advantages and benefits to growing plants with hydroponics

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are very popular, yet very expensive. A small package of cherry tomatoes can easily cost double that of an equal weight of regular tomatoes! Yet, cherry tomatoes are one of the easiest and most profitable vegetables to grow indoors.

A small grow light and planter pot in the kitchen can yield enough ripe, juicy tomatoes to please even the most discerning individuals!

Enjoy produce with no pesticides, no herbicides, and no preservatives!

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      Jacoby 

      3 years ago

      Do you have more great artlices like this one?

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      nehydro 

      7 years ago

      cherry tomatoes are great if you grow them in a hydroponics system. No more supermarket prices for me.

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      Betty Reid 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Cool idea! I have only grown herbs and jalapeno peppers, but I love tomatoes.

    • kentuckyslone profile imageAUTHOR

      kentuckyslone 

      8 years ago

      Even if we cannot grow all of our food it is very helpful to grow some of it. Every little bit helps when it comes to managing and saving money

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      10 years ago from California Gold Country

      This is getting to be a better idea every day. I have had a summer vegetable garden for years and have enjoyed it very much-- Our fruit trees are starting to produce more now, and are well--appreciated.

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