One of the ways I've found to save on your grocery bill (next to shopping at your local farmers market) is to grow your own garden. As I show in this video, you don't need a lot of space to grow just about anything you enjoy. You can dig up a small garden, or use the square foot garden method to grow just about anywhere around your house. You can also use containers as I do if you're short on gardening space. All it takes is getting some compost locally (I found some at my local Whole Foods) and seeds. Here's an update on our home garden:
I just harvested some of the spinach and arugula the other day and it was amazing. The taste was wonderful and knowing it was grown in my backyard was a great feeling.
Another thing I discovered this season is that the plants responded much better to rainwater than municipal tap water. So I've been collecting rain water in 5 gallon buckets (from the very little rain we get here in Arizona during the spring before the hot summer!) and using it to water the garden as much as possible. It's making a big difference. Seeds I planted just a few days ago are already sprouting through the earth and others are growing faster with the rain water.
As you noticed in the video, we're growing greens this time of year including lettuce, spinach and arugula, and are looking forward to planting cucumbers and cantaloupe for the summer in the next month or so.
Here's a quick video on square foot gardening, an easy method of growing regardless of what type of home you live in.
And this trend of growing at home is growing as evidenced here.
Our raw friend John Kohler grows most of all his own food in his front yard! He shares his reasons for this, the benefits and shows us his yard and how uses square foot gardening to grow hundreds of fruits and vegetables.
Enjoy your garden (and savings!) .