Start a garden today!

14 Jun

My Tuesday tip this week is to start a garden if you don’t already have one. Assuming you like gardening and all, it can be a great way to save $$ and enjoy yourself. I’ve always liked working outside in our yard, and although we are currently renting our home and can’t really make a garden in the yard, I’ve found other ways to grow some useful yummy things!

A few months ago I purchased 4 tomato plants, (2 cherry tomato patio plants and 2 regular-sized tomato plants). They are very happy in my front yard where we have a little sheltered patio area. I fertilize them once a week and water them daily. In the last 3 weeks or so my cherry tomatoes have been going crazy and turning red one by one. =)

These are the only large edibles I’m growing, but I’m also growing a bunch of herbs – parsley, rosemary, basil, and chives. OH and I’m also growing some very cute little strawberries. (I’ve only had about 4 this season so far, but they were sweet and fabulous!)  Just by having a few plants I’ve been able to add tomatoes to salads, on sandwiches and even just a handful as an afternoon snack. The herbs I’ve been using in all sorts of meals, just cutting them and using them fresh when I need them. I’ve also started to dry some of them since I have more parsley than I know what to do with!

So if you’re feeling motivated, try growing something and seeing if you can add it to a meal, as a snack, or even as a garnish to your food. I haven’t bought parsley or chives in several months and it’s so great to be able to go outside and have it fresh in my front yard! And in case you’re not sure where to start, I have a few links to share with you.

How to Grow an Herb Garden

 How to grow patio tomatoes & other gardening tips

PS. The images in this post are all things that I have grown. =)

5 Responses to “Start a garden today!”

  1. Marsha Seiberling June 14, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    We bought our own home, closing on March 2. I was very anxious to have my own garden. Financially we aren’t able to build it like I want, but we are doing what we can. The dirt isn’t all that great. I am making my first attempt at a compost pile in hopes we can amend the soil better next season.
    Only one of my potato plantings is sprouted. We got very few snap peas and I just planted some more. Our strawberries were very small too…I would guess we got about 20. We’ve pulled and used (and replanted from tops) several onions. The pepper plants are starting to bloom. I bought 2 tomato plants, they are growing well and flowering. I seen one small tomato growing. Not much of the spinach sprouted, but we’ve got off of it 4 times already, which is enough to feed us.

  2. Pounds4Pennies Frugal Living Blog June 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    I have started my garden. I am looking forward to the fresh veggies we are going to get. Can’t wait. Sounds like you are off to a great start.

  3. Krafty Max June 15, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    Hop’pin by from ‘Follow me, Chichadee Blog Hop’. I’m following your blog now, wont you please come and follow me back?? ~KM

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    • Plain Graces June 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

      I love gardening. It saves a lot of money and gives you control over what you eat. Even if you don’t fill an acre up with plants, container gardening can also take a bite out of your grocery budget.
      Following you back from Saturday Stalker Remix hop- ( look for me on FB)!

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