Having a vegetable garden used to be something everyone had. Growing your own food used to be considered a necessity rather than something you did by choice.
However in these modern times of readily available food and hectic lifestyles, the idea of growing your own food has dwindled.
However having a vegetable garden fits perfectly well into a frugal living lifestyle, as it provides good cheap food without the need for chemical pesticides.
Growing your own food doesn't require large acres of land, in fact even if you only have a small area to plant i.e. a window box, you can still grow some of your own food, Herbs for instance.
All it takes is a little time and imagination and you could soon have your first crop on your plate.
I enjoy frugal gardening but I am certainly no expert gardener, my secret weapon in having a successful vegetable garden has been my local library.
It has provided me with so much information about how to actually "do gardening"; I have never had to seek advice anywhere else.
Plus it has opened my eyes to many vegetables and fruits I have never come across before, such as varieties of potatoes never found on the shelves of the supermarket.
Why limit yourself to just a few flavours, experimenting with different varieties always gives me a thrill the first time I taste them for myself.
If you do not want to jump into the deep end with having a full-blown vegetable garden of your own, why not try growing Tomatoes first. It is said that it is almost impossible not to be able to grow a Tomato, as they are very hardy given the right conditions. Certainly a good place to start for frugal gardening.
Tomatoes can be very expensive to buy and most of the time they have little or no taste what so ever, but a Tomato picked from your own vine will be full of flavour and cost you pennies in comparison.
Simple steps in growing your own Tomatoes:
Deciding what to grow and how you can save the most money is just a matter of asking yourself these questions:
Once you have the answer to these questions it is simply a matter of reading up on these items and making sure that your climate is suitable for these plants to grow in.
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