How a Garden Can Save you Money
How a Garden Can Save you Money
With the price of food rising, the quality of produce dropping and unknown pesticides and chemicals becoming more popular in fruits and vegetables, the thought of growing your own food at home has probably crossed your mind and you're not alone! Gardenresearch.com found that in 2015, about one out of three households participated in food gardening (36%) or flower gardening (34%) in the United States. Households spent an estimated $3.6 billion growing vegetables, fruit, berries and herbs and $2.7 billion on flower gardening. The numbers don't lie; home gardening is becoming a mass market and there are a ton of reasons why.
The Benefits of Gardening
There are many benefits to building your own garden. One of them being that gardening is a major stress reliever. You are getting fresh air, exercise and your mind is focused on the task at hand, rather than work or other life events. Gardening can be somewhat meditative. It's a hobby that allows you to escape the real world and go to a place of peace and quite. Not to mention you are creating life! There is a sense of accomplishment in cultivating a crop, giving it love and watching it grow that other hobbies simply do not offer.
Another great benefit of gardening is the fact that it is a family activity! Finding an inexpensive pastime the whole family can be a part of is sometimes a struggle. Ask your partner, parents or children for a helping hand in the garden and let the bonding begin! Starting a garden is a great team building activity that teaches your kids how to care for something and get a reward in return!
How Gardening Can Save You Money
Buying fresh, organic vegetables from the grocery store can get expensive quickly. Which is why an increasing number of people are turning their backs on retail and growing their own food from home. Now, we know that the process of creating your own garden may seem a bit intimidating but it is easier than you think!
The frightening part of growing your own garden is the fact that your food has a chance of dying! However, like many things, gardening takes practice. Our advice is to start small. Do some research and find out which foods are the easiest to grow. Only buy 2 or 3 and see how you do.
Once you become a pro with your first couple of items, choose to plant food that is most expensive at the grocery store. These seeds will probably cost more but in the end, you will be saving quite a bit of money. The great thing about gardening is that start-up costs are relatively cheap and some seeds will continue to grow each year bringing in a constant harvest.
Another money saving tip is to purchase seeds of foods you eat the most. The more excited you are for the final product, the more likely you are to care for them and in the end the money you spend will not be wasted!
Talk with your neighbors and plan a garden swap. Everyone can plant a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs then when it is time to crop the neighborhood can trade what they have made. It's an easy way to spend less and gain more!
Of course, another great way to save money is to sell your crops. You can sell them from your house, open a popup shop in front of a retail store or coffee shop, or even make food and oils (like pies or chili oil) from your crops and sell homemade goods.
The Seed to Cash system is also another easy way to make a profit from your garden. If you purchase a starter kit that costs roughly $65 you can have the opportunity to earn up to $200 in 2 weeks!
A home garden is a great way to save money, get the family together and produce clean, healthy food. A 2009 study by the National Gardening Association suggests that if you plant $70 worth of seeds, you can make $530-worth of produce. That’s a 650% profit! Now, be confident in your green thumb and start planting!