With the current economic crisis our nation is experiencing, 2009 is already turning out to be a year unlike any other. With budgets tight and food prices on the rise, a great way to save money is to grow your own food.
Planting a vegetable garden, however, requires some planning ahead. First, think about where you want your garden to go. It should be in a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight. If you don't have room in your yard, consider using containers or join a community garden.
1. Order Catalogues: Seed Savers Exchange and Johnny's Selected Seeds are two good ones.
2. Once you receive your catalogues, take time to browse through them and discover new types of your favorite vegetables.
3. Make a list of the seeds you like. Really think about what you like to eat. Salad greens and tomatoes can be pricey in the supermarket but are so easy to grow yourself. Also, you need to be smart about what you plant if you have limited space. You want plants that will have maximum yield in a limited area; this could mean including plants that grow up and not out, such as beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
4. After selecting your seeds, place your order. A packet of seeds typically costs between $2.50 and $3. For this price, you can get anywhere from 50 to 250 seeds. With that many seeds, you can share them with friends and neighbors, making it even more economical.
Special thanks to Seed Savers Exchange for giving members of our studio audience a catalogue for starting their own gardens.
Keep your seed packets organized like Martha does using a Brother P-Touch Labeling System -- part of the Martha's Must-Haves series.