Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Plant a Garden

Planting a garden is a great way to save money on food, especially if you are living on SNAP benefits or if you live on a tight budget.  Some of you are probably wondering how you can do that if you live in an apartment.  In the place where we live, they offer some public plots of land for people to plant a garden.  You can also plant things in pots.  If you don't have pots, use plastic containers for the time being until you can find a better alternative.  Some things grow just fine indoors.  It is amazing how much food you can produce and how much money you can save from planting a garden.

Our raspberry plants, garlic and oregano plants came from extras that someone else had and didn't want.  In turn, we have shared with others as well.  Raspberries send out shoots each year and you can give those to people you know who would like them.  A typical raspberry plant costs from 8-15 dollars where we live.  Getting them for free is much better!  We grow enough raspberries and other garden produce to last until Christmas time and even longer.  Gardening is such a great help in reducing our food bill and helping us to eat better on the money we have for food since we don't have to buy as much produce.  And, it is organic.  We couldn't afford to buy organic raspberries to eat throughout the year at the price they are at the store.

Our neighbors also gave us these sour cherries.  We can make cherry jelly, dry the cherries, or make cherry pie filling to freeze for the holidays.

Have you tried gardening?  Share your experiences with us in the comments section.  If you have questions, leave a comment and we will try to find an answer for you.  

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