Now is the time to plan out your garden to save you money at the grocery stores and reduce the cost of buying fuel for your car. I have also included ways to save and share your seeds for your garden. This year I hope to use about 80-90% of the seeds I have saved to grow my garden.
I usually will purchase some new varieties to test and will purchase ones I have not had good luck in collecting from my plants.
How to Save Money on your Groceries
With gas prices rising to the highest prices the U.S. has ever seen you can cut the amount of gas you need to purchase by growing your own vegetables saving you having to drive your car to the store.
Growing your own vegetables reduces what vegetables you need to purchase.
Make gardening a family gathering to have fun while saving money.
Seed-saving and sharing groups will save you additional money, allowing you to grow your garden and not have to purchase vegetable seeds or plants.
Buy Seeds and grow your own vegetable plants
Winter is a great time to buy your seeds for the plants you wish to grow.
Subscribe to seed company catalogs to select your seeds or go to your favorite gardening store. Do not skimp on seeds, buy from a reputable seed company for quality seeds to grow the best plants.
If you start from seeds read the details on starting the seeds in the garden or needing to start seeds indoors, some seeds need to be started indoors and planted in the Spring after the last frost.
Seeds best to start indoors include- Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuce, Basil, Dill, Cucumbers, Cilantro, Onions, Cabbage
Seeds you can start in the garden- Squash, Pumpkins, Beans, Peas, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Spinach, Chard, Carrots, Beets, Radishes
Collect Seeds from your plants to grow the next year
Seed collecting is fun, easy, and a great way to save money.
Here are some of the vegetables you can collect seeds from to grow the next year or to share with family and friends.
You can also start up or join a seed-sharing group in your area, where you can share and exchange seeds.
Vegetable Seed List
Flower Seed List
How to grow your own seeds indoors and what supplies you need
See my article Winter projects on how to grow seeds successfully and what you need in supplies.
Make your own seed tape
Making your own seed tape is easy and a fun project for children to join you in doing.
Roll of toilet paper
Elmers white glue
Unroll toilet paper on the counter so that you can place a droplet of Elmer’s glue at the top and bottom of the roll to allow for correct spacing. For smaller seeds like carrots use tweezers to pick up seeds one at a time, place one seed on each droplet of glue. Allow to dry, once dry roll them up, and continue on with the next section of toilet paper.
For larger seeds, you will not need to use tweezers to pick up seeds.
When you are ready to plant it’s as easy as making a trench and rolling the paper out and covering to the depth required. This is a great way to get the youngest children into planting a garden.
Buy plants to grow in your garden
Most garden centers will have discounted plants that you can purchase for your garden and even if you pay full price they are not expensive. Always go to a reputable garden center that has healthy plants. If the plants look like they have been neglected and are wilted or do not have strong stocks go to another garden center to purchase your plants.
I always find a few new vegetables or varieties that I have not grown to experiment with each year. Please email me with special varieties that you have grown and recommend.
Another way to save a lot of
Not only is growing your own food going to save you money on travel expenses driving, and the expense of buying them in the store, but it is also a huge value knowing they were grown organically to provide your family with the best quality food.
You will also be able to harvest as needed, providing your family with the freshest and most flavor-filled food possible.
How to Save Money on your Groceries not only saves you money by growing organic vegetables you can reduce the waste of vegetables that go bad because by the time you bought them, they are already several days old.