Grow Vegetables at Home to Save Money
May 22, 2012
Time to think about planting some vegetables! Gone are the days when this hobby was a summer tradition just for fun. With the economy squeezing everyone’s wallet, this can be a cost saving measure to feed your family. And if you think you do not have enough ground to grow, how about growing in pots? You can do this on your driveway or your apartment balcony. Here are some vegetables beyond the patio tomatoes, suited for container gardening:
- Spinach – One of the best things about spinach is that it doesn’t have to grow fruit, so it doesn’t need a large container to support it. This is a cool weather plant and does not like hot summer days; morning sun is good, shade in afternoon.
- Leaf Lettuce - Like spinach, leaf lettuce can be grown in a small container and doesn’t need hot summer days to mature. Start pots at different times so you have a continuous supply.
- Beets - Fresh beets have a whole different taste than pickled ones. These can be grown in as little space as a 2 inch deep baking pan and are even better when they are picked small, about 1 ½ inches.
- Eggplant - This plant’s compact size makes it an ideal choice for container growing.
- Radishes - Like beets, radishes don’t need a huge pot to grow and mature fairly quickly.
- Green Peppers and all hot peppers - These take a fairly good size pot and are definitely warm weather plants, but they are not difficult to grow. Save some seeds for next year, and sprout your own plants in a window next winter….they grow really easily.
- Garlic, onions, and chives - Easy to grow, likes sun, and does well in summer heat
- Herbs - You can mix and match herbs in a container. Basil, thyme, sage, tarragon, and rosemary will all grow very well. One basil plant can become dozens; simply snip off a small ½ inch stem with leaf and plant in soil. Keep moist and in 2-3 weeks you will see terrific growth.
MCPL has resources to help you get started.