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Gardening isn’t a new hype, it’s returning to our roots.
And many are gardening because of the rising price of food.
When you start gardening though it can seem like it’s costing you more money that you’re saving.
Although that might be the case when you’re building new garden beds (like these gorgeous raised garden bed ideas) and buying seeds there are things you can do to get better value for your growing space.
Today I am sharing a few ways to save money gardening
Grow the Expensive to Buy Crops
Some crops are worth more than others. You’ll notice a price/lb at your grocery store, other times the prices are in mere grams! I often see greens for $7.99/100g!
Here’s a list of the most expensive crops to buy:
This will, of course, depend on your location. This is list is for FRESH produce.
- Berries of any kind (expensive to plant, but worth the investment long-term)
- Baby leafy greens (mescluns, arugula, spinach…)
- Organic broccoli & cauliflower
- Winter squash (cheap per/lb but heavy so they add up fast!)
- Lettuce (so much cheaper to grow your own, $2-3 pack of seeds is ONE head)
Grow Crops that offer High Yields/Sq Foot
Growing crops that have high yield per square foot is an excellent way to get more from your garden. Even if some of these aren’t too expensive to buy, they have such great yield that those dollars add up fast.
- Baby greens (learn how to triple your harvest of greens)
- Zucchini/Summer Squash
Other ways to get more from your garden
- Use these 20 methods to increase yields
- Stay super organized with my ultimate garden planner
- Learn how to season extend to grow food 365 days a year (even in the snow!)
- Learn more about garden planning with my ebook
- Frugal gardening tips
Do you have any other tips for garden savings?
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.