Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Growing Your Own Vegetables

Debt Free Direct have their own blog called Making Money Go Further which provides money saving and thrifty tips. Their latest campaign is to challenge bloggers to attempt to save money by growing some of their own vegetables in order to reduce the amount they spend on vegetables from the shops.
I love a good challenge, who doesn’t?   So I recently started a small garden project to try and grow my own vegetables.  I don’t know about you but I seem to waste so much salad due to it going limp before we have had chance to eat it all, so I am hoping I will just be able to pick what is necessary, reducing waste and saving me money in the long term.  I also love the fact that what I grow will be healthier as no harmful chemicals will have been used.
Now considering my garden is only small I will be using large pots to maximise the space I have available and to see if I have green enough fingers to even produce any vegetables.  I have used large pots and compost and chose seeds for the items I would like to grow and that are suitable for growing in pots.  I picked green beans, tomatoes, onions, beetroot, peppers, shard, potatoes and salad leaves.
Two weeks ago I got started planting the seeds and lo and behold things have started happening, I have shoots on the salad leaves, beetroot, onions and beans which is a good sign.  I also plan to sow some more crops every 2 to 3 weeks so that I have a continuous crop (hopefully) all through the summer/autumn. 
I love the idea of producing my own vegetables but the proof will be if they grow and I am waiting in anticipation to see if I can reap any crops.  Grotbags is keeping an eager eye on the pots, watering the shoots when necessary and I am really hoping it may encourage her to eat more fresh vegetables, which is always a good thing.
Hopefully by the time I next post about this campaign I may have had a nice crop, fingers
These products were sent to me courtesy of Debt Free Direct. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own.

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