Grow Your Savings… Organically!

With summer just around the corner, prime gardening season is upon us – and so it the opportunity to save money on groceries! As the price of fresh, unprocessed food continues to rise, you’re probably looking for ways to stretch your grocery money.

Let’s break down the cost of starting your own food garden. Seedlings are about $4.00 each. Garden soil costs about $5.00/cubic foot and plant food is about $10.00 for a 6 lb. bag.

For one tomato plant, you’ll pay about $7.00 for the materials and yield at least 15 lbs. of tomatoes from one plant during the planting season. If you bought 15 lbs. of tomatoes at a grocery, you’d pay about $2.50/lb., for a total of $38. That’s a savings of $31.

Lettuce is another easy vegetable to grow. A 10 oz. bag in the grocery will cost about $2.50. If you purchase 20 bags during the growing season, you’ll spend $50.00. If you grow your lettuce, not only will you be able to pick it fresh from your garden, but you’ll save about $43.

Raspberries are a great fruit to grow. They require full sun and a little patience – most varieties won’t begin producing fruit until their second year – but the payoff is worth it. At a grocery, you’ll pay $5.00 for just a 6 oz. pack of organic raspberries. With your own berry garden, you’ll have pounds of organic fruit that can be eaten fresh off the cane, turned into jam, or can for the entire year.

Are those savings we hear, hitting your bank account??