One of the benefits of growing your own veggies is the money you save from spending at the grocery store!
Rather than buying veggies that you may or may not fully use up, grow your own vegetable garden! This is a much more efficient way to attain healthy, fresh, and delicious ingredients. Many vegetables require little maintenance and will grow in abundance if you water and care for them throughout the growing season.
Wondering which vegetables are the best to grow? Curious which ones will save you the most money in the long run? Here are five of the most cost-effective veggies to grow in your garden!
1. Green Beans
When it comes to cost-effective gardening, green beans are a delicious vegetable worth your time! Green beans (both bush and pole beans) are easy to grow and require little maintenance. When first planting your seeds, ensure there is no longer any risk of frost. Then, place your seeds somewhere in your garden that receives full sun and well-draining soil.
As they grow, give your green beans about 1 to 2 inches of water each week. Green beans have shallow root systems so it is important to keep the ground moist but not overwatered. One way to help your green beans and save money on watering is to add a natural mulch to your garden to help retain moisture.
Green beans are known for their prolific yield, and this number will increase in later growth if you take the time to carefully remove each bean (about every 50 days). Make sure to do so without damaging the plant.
How often have you purchased lettuce and only eaten half of it before it went bad in your fridge? Save your money on lettuce and grow your own! Lettuce is planted from seeds or from an already established plant. The great thing about lettuce is that it’s easy to maintain, only requiring water (save on water costs by harvesting rainwater!), sunshine, and harvesting to keep it thriving.
The best thing about lettuce is that when you cut leaves to eat, they will regrow! However, if you and your family consume a lot of lettuce, you will want to grow multiple lettuce plants. This ensures you are not over-harvesting a single plant (which can reduce the production of new leaves). Only take what you need, or cut leaves from a new plant each time, allowing the pre-cut ones a chance to regrow for eating next time!
When it comes to vegetables that require little effort and cost from you, asparagus stands out. This vegetable is a perennial, meaning it will return every year with asparagus spears that will be a great addition to your dinner plate.
Planting asparagus is easy! The only thing to keep in mind when growing it is that it takes time and patience. When first planted, the asparagus will actually require two to three years to establish itself before it produces enough spears to be harvested and eaten. If you are willing to wait and water for a few years, then every year following will be rewarded with an even larger harvest!
Did you know that a single potato plant can produce up to ten potatoes? The best part is you don’t even need to purchase potato seeds! All you need is potatoes from your pantry! When your pantry potatoes start sprouting, plant these old ones in your garden to produce more. Keep in mind that potato plants take up a large amount of space in your garden; be sure to space them far enough away from your other vegetables!
You can plant your own spudding potatoes or you can purchase roots to plant. As they grow over time with weekly watering, they will emerge from the ground. When this happens it is important to cover the plant with dirt again (called hilling). Doing this will prevent your potatoes from getting too much sun, which often results in potatoes becoming bitter or slightly toxic. A good indication this has occurred in your potatoes is a slight green color to the veggie. But, once they sprout through the earth again, after hilling, you are fine to eat them and let them grow!
Who doesn’t love plucking a ripe tomato from the vine? Tomatoes are an easy vegetable to grow in your garden, and you don’t even need to plant them in your garden beds! Gardeners love tomatoes because they grow well in containers – depending upon the tomato variety, of course! Growing tomatoes in a pot allows you to move to the area of your yard with the best conditions for ultimate growth. Otherwise, you can also plant them in your garden and guide their vines upwards.
To grow tomatoes, purchase the type you are preferential to, and care for it with lots of watering. Make sure you put your tomatoes in a spot where they’ll get plenty of sun, as they do not do well in cool conditions. They also require daily watering (more depending on the temperatures), so utilizing rainwater by harvesting it properly can save you even more money! Before you know it, you will have up to twenty tomatoes or more ready for eating!
When it comes to saving money on vegetables, growing your own in your garden is one of the most rewarding and cost-effective ways!
Depending on your garden space, plant vegetables like beans, potatoes, and tomatoes to produce a large yield. Plant lettuce each year and continue to pick away at the plant, letting it grow back to provide you with more fresh leaves. Or, if you are willing to commit to giving away a spot in your garden for a few years, asparagus will be a perennial vegetable that gives you more asparagus spears each year.
Plan out your veggie garden and plant the ingredients that you will get the most use out of! Water them regularly, give them enough sun, weed as needed, and start putting veggies on your plate while saving money!