Save When You Garden Together

We had a rare spring-like day this week – sunny and warm enough to shed the winter jacket for a bit. It was also the same day my favorite seed catalog arrived in the mail. Coincidence? I think not! Garden season is close.

Gardening has always seemed to me like a thrifty three-fer: exercise, time outside, and healthy food as a reward. It’s not even that expensive to start a garden if you stick with seeds rather than starters, plant at the right time and are lucky with spring weather.

This year the rise in food prices makes me want to grow even more food, but I just don’t have the time or extra cash needed to expand my garden. My small garden will have to suffice – or

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2 Responses to Save When You Garden Together

  1. Panda Bear says:

    Very good interesting article Jeniffer, and filled with some good advice and information.
    I am fortunate to live in a sunny & warm climate where I can grow lemons, apples, four different types of grapes, pomegranates, okra, corn, potatoes, rosemary, mint, etc., plus many beautiful flowers.
    It’s so peaceful to be out back gardening and watching all of the birds coming to the feed and water stations. They sing so beautifully!:)
    For me, gardening is one of those fun exercises, like swimming. You can really benefit from it physically.
    Another plus, is that it can be very relaxing for the mind and it does seem to reduce your stress level as well.
    I learned gardening from my parents and my grandparents. After becoming interested, I went to the library to get other books on gardening. I also belong to several online gardening clubs where we swap seeds with one another as well as hints, tips and other information. This club is free to join and you just send a self-addressed stamp envelope to the person that has the particular seeds that you want. Most are organic and some are heirloom. It’s wonderful!
    Growing my own organic vegetables and fruits has reduced my grocery bill tremendously! I also earn an additional income by setting up a produce stand! I sell a lot of what I do not can and put up in my food pantry. Some I give to a local senior adult daycare center who love the fresh fruit and veggies.
    So many benefits for so many people!
    Thank you for allowing me to comment on your article and to express my opinion.
    Enjoy your day!

  2. Andy @ Retire at 40 says:

    Isn’t it amazing how much fun you can get out of your garden. Quality time with the family, excellent fulfillment value and great food to top it all off. I can’t see too many other pasttimes which give that much (oh and some exercise too).

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