Save on Groceries, Grow Your Own Garden

Posted on March 7th, 2010 in Gardening,greens,local produce,raw vegan diet,video by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate
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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:

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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.

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And this trend of growing at home is growing as evidenced here.

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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.

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Enjoy your garden (and savings!) .

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6 Responses to 'Save on Groceries, Grow Your Own Garden'

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  1. Tressey said,

    on March 16th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I have desired a garden for years, but lacked the space and/or sunlight. Still lack the space, but the ability to plant in pots are inspiring. Thanks for the kick boost.

  2. Iryna said,

    on August 3rd, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Wow thanks. Great job, I already have my own veggie plot in the front garden however it is only little as beds are not raised , after seeing what you have done I am going to make it even bigger and will do raised bed. This is really cool.

  3. Diana said,

    on September 3rd, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I would do this if I weren’t so scared of the garden snakes..I’m in Florida. Yikes!!

  4. RV said,

    on October 14th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I’m envious that you live in an area that is safe to do this. I would be afraid of all our hard work being stolen by the neighbors who can see it.

  5. simona said,

    on November 7th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I would love to have my garden. Actually I plan to have a small one next year in the country side…

  6. Melinda said,

    on July 17th, 2012 at 4:48 am

    What if I have a dog that defecates in the area where I would plant my garden??? I really want to try growing my own veggies but I’m afraid of rain washing down remains of pet poo?? And it’s not like I can wash the veggies with soap. So what am I to do??