Plant a Veggie Garden! You Can Save Money and Eat Better

Dated: April 23 2022

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With rising food prices, you can save money by growing some of your own fruits and vegetables. It doesn't take a lot of space, it's not expensive to get started, and it's an easy way to get extremely fresh food, on your patio or backyard.  The flavor is usually much more robust than store bought.

PUTTING IN A VEGETABLE GARDEN

This is actually pretty easy.  With a little planning, and a little time spent outdoors, you can end up with some nice, productive vegetable plants.

  • Raised Bed Gardening is popular if you have the room.
  • Square foot gardening is also very popular.  I use this method
  • Container gardening works too (i used buckets last year)

Here's a pic of one of my square foot garden boxes. Cantaloupe in the back and above. Basil up front left. Strawberry meandering everywhere, and a Rosemary plant toward the back middle, growing just fine.  Every bloom on that plant is another Cantaloupe.  

An unmeasurable benefit is the time you spend outdoors in the sun, digging in the dirt, using your muscles.  It's great for family and personal time.  I think it helps a lot with physical and mental health, forcing us to pay attention to something that's pretty well unrelated to our daily lives.   

That soft benefit is hard to measure, but it works for me.  

Back to the garden...most veggies and herbs are super easy to grow.  Fertilize periodically and water the plants and you will end up with a nice bunch of veggies to pick and eat or give away whenever you like. 

For example, Jalapenos can grow just about anywhere.  Get a 1 foot diameter pot that's maybe 2 feet deep and has drain holes, add some soil that drains well and drop a small 6inch tall plant in there.  Watch it grow.  You can expect maybe 40 Jalapeno's from that 1 plant (maybe more).  It's best if it can get 5 or 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Here's a pic of an experiment I ran last year growing peppers in buckets.  They produced more than we could eat! 

Those crinkled and wrinkled looking peppers on the left are Ghost peppers.  Very pretty, but we had to use them sparingly.  I couldn't eat em straight.  Way too hot!  the orange are Habanero.  Great flavor for our salsa.

Here's a pic of how I've adapted the buckets for this year (below)

1 jalapeno. 1 habanero. 1 basil. 1 red lunchbox pepper (small & sweet). and 1 shishino sweet pepper (same plant from last year growing again).  Still undecided on what to put into the last bucket. Probably a bush cherry tomato.  It's a total experiment.  I'll make it pretty later if this method works out.

Herbs are even easier.  Rosemary. Basil. Oregano. Spearmint and Peppermint. Cilantro. Grow em on a window sill.  

Important Info

The more you harvest, the more the plant produces.  So pick the veggies and give em away to see how much your plant will produce.  This is a great example in practice that the more you give away, the more you have.

I put a post about this on my business facebook page too with links to more info and free garden layout plans.

Click the link below to check it out.  

https://www.facebook.com/HoustonRealtorDave

Like and follow the page too.  It never hurts to get free info.

Let me know if you'd like more info.  Getting started is easy, but sometimes it helps to have someone give you tips.

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Dave Jensen

I started Real Estate Investing in 2006 by accident.  Instead of selling my home, I rented it to a friend and his small family from the neighborhood who needed a place to live. Then my Realtor he....

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