I grow a LOT of our food. I enjoy it. And it's cheap too. As in frugal. Where else can you buy all the Bok Choy you might ever eat in a summer for $1.89? Or basil? Have you bought enough basil to make pesto lately? Yeah, it's not cheap but I just bought 4 different kinds to grow this summer for 10 bucks. A while back I ordered all of the onions we are going to grow for about 50 bucks. Growing your own food can be a great way to say money and doing it organically means you get(at least) triple benefits :
1)cheap organics of course + no money spent of fertilizer
2) healthy for you
3)healthy for the earth
I'm sure the list can go on and on but I can't.
What? you say you don't garden? Well, why not start small with an herb garden in a container? Small, easy to maintain and delish results. Or a salad container garden. Tomatoes can grow just about anywhere outside, OK except here we need special varieties or a greenhouse. But you get my drift, there are many options for all people.
No experience at all? Seek out your local Cooperative Extension office, they usually offer free gardening classes and composting classes among many other services. They wealth and breadth of their knowledge is amazing. And get this they are paid, highly schooledprofessionals employed by land grant universities (a few examples? Cornell and Purdue!) to HELP YOU FOR FREE. Seriously they are there to spread the wealth of knowledge from land grant universities. They can tell what kind of bug you just found, where to plant a garden, why your compost isn't heating up all for FREE. It's their job so before you go out to your local yokel MEGA BuyAlot Boxopoly check out this free trained resource near you. They are in ALL 50 states and they are there for the express purpose of helping people like you and me. You can also look for their Master Gardeners who usually run springhotlines to answer questions about gardens. Master Gardeners are trained as extensions of the extension office so more people benefit from the huge amount of research that these universities do. Even if the university is no where near you they all have many branches throughout the state.
I started some plants the other night, in less than 48 hours I had Bok Choy and lettuce up and reaching for the sky. Yes, you do need to buy some initial pots and flats and some soil but those are small investments that can, for the most part, be used again and again. Something don't need to be purchased and this is a great time to stretch your recycling mind. I use old yogurt cupscut in strips as plant markers and dish soap bottles (rinsed out really well) for gentle watering of new seedlings.
Growing your own food can really be empowering, I love to go out in the cool evenings and walk around my gardens thinking I did this and it's all mine. Actually it's not though because my kids have gardens and my chickens make the compost and my husband tills and we all harvest. But still, in my mind, it's all my creation.
recycled plant markers
dirt cheap eating starts here
newly planted flats and my watering jug
Still working on the kitchen, little bit #3 seems better but we'll have to wait and see.