It’s often overlooked, but planting your own garden can have a lot of social advantages. Not only is it a fun hobby, but working in a garden is something that inherently draws people together. If you’ve been looking for a way to bond with your children or other family members, starting a garden is a great way to do just that.
Another better-known upside of starting a garden is how it can save you money on your grocery bill. While it may take a while to start feeling the financial benefit from growing your own food, when done right the savings can be substantial.
This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to get swept up in a project once you start and forget what the point of it was to begin with. If your primary goal is to save some money with your garden, then filling it with produce that you and your family won’t enjoy eating is counterproductive. When you’re choosing your seeds, don’t worry about what’ll look good or is trendy at the moment. Think about what fruits and vegetables you actually like, and go with what you know.
Gardening is an investment, and just like you wouldn’t take out a signature installment loan for a frivolous reason, you shouldn’t waste your time or money to grow a garden full of produce you don’t want to eat.
In terms of bang-for-the-buck, herbs are a great investment for your garden. Not only do they grow well in all types of soil, but most can be watered sparingly and still thrive. We all forget to water our plants at some point, but with herbs that won’t necessarily be a catastrophe.
Not only are they hearty, but growing even a small herb plant is cheaper than buying them from the store. Other types of plants (for example, carrots) in your garden will need to produce a large volume before they make fiscal sense, but with just a few pinches of fresh herbs in your salads and pasta sauces you’ll have already recouped your investment.
On the other side of the coin from herbs are plants that can save you money because of how prolific they are. These include crops like lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini and tomatoes. Just a few of these plants will fill a bucket with produce each day by the time summer peaks, and they’ll continue to produce for at least a month more after that.