Monday, June 30, 2008

Grow your own veggies

Finally started a garden this year, and with minimum expense it should yield quite a harvest.

I spent money on seeds which are about a dollar a bag (some less) and some of them made it to planting (don't have quite the green thumb I had hoped and also found out I started some to early and some should have been started outside that I started inside, but I'll know for next year at least:)

Anyway, I bought eggplant, peppers, cucumbers and zucchini plants at $1.99 a flat at the local garden center. I already have four eggplants almost ready to pick and my zucchinis and cucumbers are starting as well.

My grandfather gave me three tomato plants which have grown quite tall and now have 36 tomatoes on them!

Gardens may be a bit of work but it's worth it, especially for the savings. An added bonus is that my kids are more excited to eat veggies out of our own garden. My pickiest eater actually tried raw green beans and my oldest ate them as a snack with ranch dip!

Next year my goal is to have an organic garden like my friend at A Little Greener Everyday, I've already started my compost!

Anyone else try a garden this year? How's it going?


Jen (Modern Beet) said...

I planted my first garden over the winter -- lettuce, kale, collards, broccoli, and peas grew quite happily even through the cold winter months. Right now I have LOTS of tomatoes, some melons, cucumbers, peppers, and some herbs. I can't wait until the harvest!

Also, it took me a while to realize that you don't need much space to grow vegetables -- my garden is less than 50 sq feet, and some of my friends with container gardens (< 10-20 sq. ft) grow amazing amounts of veggies!

Cheap Cookin Mama said...

So true about the garden size. Mine is not too big either but looks to be bringing in a decent size harvest.

I just heard this weekend that lettuces don't grow during the summer as it's too hot, I guess it's the same for broccoli. I do have peas growing now, except our local ground hog ate half of my pea plants.

Briana said...

I'm afraid our garden is going to cost more than our reward this year! Just for the fact that it is our first year and we had to buy some items we will need for years! Still, at least I KNOW where my veggies are coming from!!!