12 Most Cost-Effective Vegetables to Grow
There is nothing better than taking that step and start growing your own vegetables. We aren’t talking about saving money, but we are talking about growing healthy vegetables.
Sometimes we question the origin of the food that we bring into our home and honestly the articles that we read online indicate that we do need to worry.
Even though most vegetables are affordable and easy to find, growing vegetables can be a reasonable thing to do. For the few lucky people who have the spacious backyard, it can be at the moment decision and for those of you, the unfortunate ones, it can be a bit discouraging to take this step.
However, if we put aside the money factor and we take into consideration the great benefits from planting and growing your own vegetables, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.
Here are some of the things you need to do before considering growing your own veggies:
- if you have limited space, then you’ll definitely need great organizational skills
- make a plan of the veggies you’ll grow
- make sure that those veggies can grow in your region
- if you are unsure about some plant, consult a person with experience in gardening
- do a little research about the veggies you want to plant, some veggies may require special care
- do not get discouraged, if a plant doesn’t succeed from the first time, remember gardening requires great patience and a lot of love during the process. But once you succeed, you’ll never want to buy veggies from the grocery shop again.
Here is a list of veggies, which will help you decide which ones you may grow and which ones are most cost-effective to grow:
The great thing about green beans is that they are very easy to grow and they don’t require any specific climatic conditions. You can find them in various sizes, shapes and color, they will save you a lot of money bearing in mind that they’re a bit pricy in the grocery shops.
If you want to invest in a plant, then cucumbers are your best choice. They will simply pay themselves off. They are maybe relatively cheap, but if you have a specious garden, cucumbers are a must-have plant. They are extremely productive, one plant provides a great amount of cucumbers.
These plants can go in every salad combination and they are definitely on our cost-effective plants. Tomatoes are very easy to grow and in order to get a juicy fruit, you must provide a sunny place in your garden and the best thing is that they don’t need large space or any special climatic conditions. In order to keep them fresh, after picking, store them in a room temperature and you will always have fresh tomatoes.
4. Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard is extremely popular because of its great nutritional value and the positive effect which it has on the body. This delicious plant can adapt to every possible climatic conditions and the best thing is that it is easily transplanted wherever you want.
5. Bell Peppers
Before you consider planting bell peppers in your garden, please bear in mind that they need to be planted in small pots before they can grow in your garden. You can always expect new growth as soon as you pick the peppers when they reach full size. You will always have a storage of bell peppers and the investment in the plant will pay itself off.
If you decide to grow this veggie in your garden, the seeds will last for six to eight months and for the same cost of a small bunch in the grocery shop. Lettuce is easy to grow and easy to harvest, you will only need to pick the outer leaves and let the rest of the plant flourish.
This incredibly delicious plant is easy to grow, cheap to purchase and extremely productive. Many people decide to plan zucchini because of its productivity, the only thing you need to bear in mind is that zucchini requires 2 inches of water a week, in case you don’t have a rainy period.
Potato is probably the most wanted and the most famous vegetable around the world. Fried, baked, mashed- people can’t get enough of them. However, home grown potatoes have a specific taste. Once you start growing potatoes in your own garden, you will start noticing the difference not just in taste, but also in benefits.
Carrots are famous for its numerous health benefits as well as its unique taste. This root veggie is pest free and you can easily grow it at home. They just require a sandy soil and little attention. The growth and planting of this veggie is zero in comparison to the benefits you will get from it and for a very low cost.
Garlic is maybe not the most favorite veggie on this list, because of its strong odor and intense taste. However, garlic is used for curing even the most severe diseases and the list of benefits is endless. It isn’t the price that made us think of this veggie, it was the final product from its growth. You can use it as seasoning, but it surely deserves to have a special place in your kitchen. If you plant it before winter, you will get the best results after three weeks.
Broccoli is in fact really cheap in the grocery shops, but if you want to have fresh broccoli for more than six months, then it should definitely be on your planting list. Moreover, if we take into consideration the great nutritional value, I am sure that we can all make a little space for this miraculous plant. Broccoli can be spring or autumn plant, but it requires organic soil and the interesting thing is that broccoli can sometimes produce, even if covered in snow.
Cabbage salad is extremely popular and it’s the perfect refreshment during hot, sunny days, when you just need some light food rich in vitamins and full with water. Cabbage doesn’t require special climatic conditions, on the contrary it can be planted any time. The only thing you need to bear in mind is to remember to transplant it on time.
Growing your own veggies is beyond the cost-saving factor, it’s about proper lifestyle and healthy life. Vegetables are extremely beneficial for us and it’s worth giving a try in gardening.
We don’t know under which conditions are most of the vegetables we buy grown, but one thing is for sure, they are not grown in the healthiest environments. Is there a better way of being in charge of what you intake? I think we can all agree on the answer, absolutely not!