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Posted by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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Do you or don't you garden?

What has been your experience with it?

Do you feel it saves you money or not, and why?

by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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August07Mom
by Tiesha on Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I have wanted to get started the last 3 years, but I can never get my DH to help me out.  This year is a complete bust because we'll be moving (hopefully) in the next 2-3 months.  So there was no reason to put the money into getting started.  Next year, though, I WILL HAVE A GARDEN!  If I have to do it all myself.

andrea96
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM
I have a small garden. I'm really bad at it. But, I'm usually able to grow enough herbs that it saves me a some money over buying those at the grocery store even if I kill everything else.
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Kelly913
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

In the almost 6 years that Tony and I have been married we've tried 3 years to have a garden.  The first was ok, the rest have been downhill since.  I've had fairly successful gardens in the past, not sure what's happening here. 

Kelly913
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

And on the topic of saving money-I'd say no so far.  Once we get an established asparagus patch, berries growing, and artichokes-then maybe it'll start paying for itself and saving us money. 

081499
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I'm in the process of tilling and prepping our first garden.  Fingers crossed that I don't kill everything!!  :)

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I've been a gardener for 34 years (yes, I'm THAT old!  LOL)

My first garden, I sold the produce.  Made over $125 that summer.  Not bad for a 12 yr old back in the 70's!  I helped my mom with canning and freezing from their garden.

When I became an adult, I kept on with gardening and preserving.

About 10 years ago, my DH (a city boy) asked if gardening was really that much of a money-saver.  After totaling up the canned goods and then comparing them to what it would cost me in the store, then subtracting seed and fertilizer and canning costs, I figured it saved me around $800. 

By today's standards, with what I plan to grow this year, subtracting costs for heirloom seeds (and I plan to save my own seeds at the end of the year) and costs for the soil blocks, I estimate we'll save at least $1000 on chemical-free produce.

I'll be planting

potatoes (Yellow Finn and Sweet)

onions

tomatoes (beefsteak, Roma, cherry)

green beans

carrots

melons (honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe)

cabbage

beets

celery

sweet corn

cucumbers

salad greens (bibb, romaine, oak leaf, leaf)

spinach

green peas

peppers (jalapeno, hot banana, sweet bell)

pumpkins

zucchini

spaghetti squash

butternut squash

kale

broccoli

Brussels sprouts

parsnips

artichokes

oredeb
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

 

Do you or don't you garden?

yes ive always gardened since i was a little kid, my first garden i still remember alot of nasturiums and carrots!,i learned from my mom and grand parents before me!hahaha and have had my kids in the garden before they could even walk!

What has been your experience with it?

great experience, i cant imagine not gardening! i love the feel of dirt in my hands!

Do you feel it saves you money or not, and why?

oh yes it saves me lots of money, i save my seeds, and i start my own seeds and do start enough so i can sell some, i plant enough food so i can can, freeze or dry every year, sell or give away my extra, my neighbors love me!hahahah

 

saraface5383
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM
i dont have the room. anyone know how to garden in pots instead of ground? Lol
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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Apr. 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM


Quoting saraface5383:

i dont have the room. anyone know how to garden in pots instead of ground? Lol

http://www.cafemom.com/group/41419/forums/206206/Indoor_or_container_gardening

saraface5383
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 7:43 PM
oh wow thank you so much!

Quoting michiganmom116:


Quoting saraface5383:

i dont have the room. anyone know how to garden in pots instead of ground? Lol

http://www.cafemom.com/group/41419/forums/206206/Indoor_or_container_gardening

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