Growing your own vegetables is a great way to have fresh produce available at any time — and also to save money. Sometimes, though, even growing your own food can get too pricey.
Here are seven ways to make sure you’re getting the best value from your vegetable garden this year.
1. Save the seeds.
Initially when you were planning your garden for the first year, you might have had to purchase all of the seeds. But once you have a season or two under your belt, you should start saving the seeds for the next season.
2. Find a seed swap.
There likely are people in your community growing plants you aren’t currently growing – plants that you’d like to grow. And, of course, the vegetables you grow will have a ton of seeds in them — and you don’t need all of them. So share them around! If you can’t find a seed swap in your community, then put the word out there to start one; you might get more interest than you think.
3. Plan ahead/preserve.
If you know what you want to grow ahead of time, it will be easier to ensure there’s little to no waste.