Growing your own food and herbs in a backyard garden is an incredibly rewarding, healthy and frugal endeavor. More and more people are reclaiming their yards and reaping the rewards of growing their own herbs and vegetables for themselves and their families. You can't get more local than your own yard, so the food is as fresh as possible and full of flavor and nutrients.
Gardening is also a great way to save money on your grocery bill, especially if you're also into cloning! After the initial costs involved in setting up a brand new garden, all of the harvested vegetables will be pure profit. Try not to break the bank when preparing your garden for planting. Ask friends, co-workers and neighbors if they have any gardening supplies or seeds that they would give you as a brand new gardener. Watch for sales at nurseries and hardware stores to source materials at a discount. Many communities also have gardening clubs and groups that host plant swaps and sales, which would be a great way to get involved with fellow gardeners and set your garden up with quality supplies.
Simple Homemade states that all you need for a successful garden are "soil, water, sun, care, and time. Embarking on the journey of a gardener will result in delicious and satisfying results and anyone with a yard or a pot on a balcony can start a vegetable garden! Here're some more great gradening tips from other resources that we use ourselves quite often;
- Better Homes & Gardens (organic garden)
- Almanac.com (for beginners)
- DIY Network (fruit & wegetables)
- Suzy's tips (advanced, growing hemp)