3. Home Gardening Is a Family Activity
For some, gardening is a solo activity. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Why not ask your spouse and/or children to give you a hand in the garden? You may be surprised by how much fun you can all have together. Finding fun activities for the whole family to participate in can be tough and we often resort to spending a bunch of money to have fun, but working in a garden together costs nothing. Your kids might love helping you grow veggies in the garden.
4. Home Gardens Save Money
For many people, this is the number one reason to start a garden. Burpee Seed Co. estimates that for every $50 a family spends on seeds and fertilizer, they’ll reap $1,250 in produce. Amazing!
If saving money on fruits and vegetables is your end goal, make sure you plant seeds for things you’ll actually enjoy eating. Some of the most popular options include tomatoes, green peppers, banana peppers, and zucchini.
However, you can maximize the money you save by being smart about what you grow. For instance, cool weather crops like carrots, potatoes, onions, and winter squash can be stored for quite a long time. When these vegetables are harvested, you can easily store them in your basement for several weeks, or even months, if you keep them packed in sawdust. So even if you can’t eat them right away, they’ll keep long enough for you to use them up over time. Other vegetables, like tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, and beets are easy to preserve with home canning or freezing.
A good rule of thumb is to look at the vegetables you’re buying at the store already. For instance, If you eat a ton of kale and spinach, so these are two crops you should try to grow at home. If you also love green beans, so every year grow your own homemade Dilly Beans, and can them yourself.