If you are interested in saving money on food, you don’t have to get into clipping coupons. You can, in fact, grow your own food. Indeed, gardening can be a great way to get a little exercise, spend some time outdoors, and eat healthier. From edible landscaping, to a more traditional garden, it’s possible to turn your next trip to the grocery store into a starter garden.
Before you make your meal from what you’ve bought at the store, take a few minutes to turn some of your produce into something you can plant. You’ll get more bang for your buck, and you’ll have a way of getting more food without needing to shop for it all the time. Realize that some produce items are better for this than others. You can even can or bottle some of the produce from your garden so that it lasts all year.
Bell (and Other Types) Peppers
While you are likely to get mixed results from planting these peppers, it’s still possible to grow them from seeds. When you slice up the pepper, save the seeds from the inside. Keep them in a cool, dry place so that they don’t rot. If you want, start them inside the house, in small pots. You can start them in a sunny window, and once the seedlings have grown, you can transplant them outside to your garden.
I love green onions to flavor my cooking. If you don’t know where to start, start with what you buy at the store. You can cut off the last inch of the onion, providing you with the roots, as well as the bulb. When you plant your green onions, cover the bulb completely, leaving a bit of stem to stick out of the dirt. If you want to get continuous production over the summer, just cut off the green part as it grows.
It’s fairly simple to prepare potatoes for planting. All you need to do is cut about an inch chunk from the potato. You do need to make sure the chunk you cut has at least one eye (two is better). Let the chunk sit for a couple of days. The now-exposed parts will skin over a bit, and the chunk will dry out. You can then plant the potato. Make sure that the side with the eyes is facing up.
Most of us, when we buy a bunch of celery, hack off the bottom and throw it on the compost heap. However, you can grow your own celery in the garden if you save it. This only works with a bunch, and not with individual stalks, since the bunch usually still has the root. Cut off the bottom inch of the bunch. Then, place it in a bowl, with the cut side facing up. Add enough water to completely cover the bottom of the celery bunch. After a few days, leaves and roots should appear. Once you see the leaves, you can plant the celery in the garden. Make sure to cover the root, but leave the leaves above the ground. You can cut of your celery stalks. The celery will keep on growing as long as the root is in the ground.
What are your tips for growing a garden from grocery produce?