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6 Grow your own.
If you’re lucky enough to have a yard that gets an adequate amount of
sunlight, there is simply no reason in the world that you should not
have a vegetable garden. For a modicum of effort and very little money
at all, you can have access to your very own, pesticide-free fresh
veggies and fruits all growing season long. Sure, there are folks who
devote a good deal of time to gardening, but take it from the world’s
most lackadaisical gardener: you really can get decent yields with
relatively little work. You can start plants from seed (cheaper), or buy
seedlings at any nursery (easier). To find out what vegetables will work
best in your particular climate and yard, mosey on over to your local
library and check out the gardening books. Local botanical gardens and
gardening organizations also oftentimes have websites full of gardening
tips specific to your region.
|Even if you’re
completely lacking in yardspace, growing your own edibles is far
from out of the question. Container gardening is space-efficient
and allows you to grow your own green goodies anywhere you can
find sunlight – on a windowsill, balcony, doorstep, wherever.
Most plants that grow well in a normal backyard garden can do just
fine in a container – tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, radishes …
just about anything your tastebuds might fancy. One of the easiest
things to grow in a container is scallions: just buy a bunch of
scallions from any old supermarket, and after using the green
portions in a recipe of your choice, pop the roots into a pot of
soil. Give the scallions water and sunlight and you’ll have
fresh green scallions for free anytime.
for tips on veggie gardening? Check out these useful sites...
articles galore to get you started with your veggie garden
guides: strategies for a small vegetable garden
the name pretty much says it all, doesn't it?
guides: container gardening
Good guide to recommended container sizes for various
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The best part about these tips
is that you’ll not only cut back on your food spending, but probably
eat better too! Cooking on the cheap shouldn’t have to mean
sacrificing good eating.
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