Have you ever thought about planting your own garden and reaping your own harvest? I know it may sound weird, but it can really help pull down the costs of food. Further, you control the planting, growing, and harvesting methods. This means that you can decide whether to use the dreaded “pesticides” or not (I prefer not to).
But what about the “work” that will be involved. Let me just take a little time to address some common questions/issues that come up when folks consider cultivating their own garden.
Gardening Just Takes Too Long
I think you might be exaggerating here. I remember hand spading my grandfather’s garden when I was a child, and some 1,500 took a few days. But if you go out and rent a modern day tiller from a local home improvement store, you can get a nice gardening tilled in an afternoon.
Gardens Just Won’t Yield Enough Food to be Worth the Investment
Perhaps for some exotic foods, you may not bring in a good crop. But if you stick to fruits and vegetables like squash, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, etc. then you will be able to harvest them multiple times, providing more of these veggies and fruits then you’ll be able to eat in one sitting. I remember harvesting bags and bags of green beans in my grandfather’s garden.
Gardening Takes a Lot of Tools and Money to Get Started
While it does take some investment to get started, your ongoing costs are low. Getting a set of gardening tools might cost you some $100-$150 at a local home improvement store, but they’ll last for years! That money can get you a hoe, spade fork, cages for flowering plants, fertilizer, garden soil and seeds, and perhaps more. How far does that same money go at the grocery store?
So what do you think? Gardening may not be as difficult as you think. Again, with food prices soaring, and the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals on our large-scale farms, is it worth it to grow a garden? In many cases, I would say yes.
What about you?