If the taste for working the land inspires more than one gardener, the fact of being able to harvest and consume the fruit of his labor is also a wonderful source of happiness. On your balcony or in your vegetable garden, you grow quality fruits and vegetables, forgetting the tasteless and often out of season fresh produce that you find in stores. And above all, growing your vegetables and fruits allows you to make real savings, especially if you also grow aromatic herbs, potatoes, but also your own sponges for the household! But how much exactly do you need to grow to save? And above all, how much do we save? Grandma tells you everything.
What savings when you plant your own vegetables?
At the beginning, you have to do a few investments to be able to launch plantations. It takes time and material to start planting. And fortunately, here we can use salvaged materials to arrange the outdoor space and take second-hand or rental tools to alleviate these expenses at the beginning. However, once the vegetable garden has been launched and all the right tools in hand, the savings will finally start and never stop!
These savings will nevertheless depend on the consumption of vegetables by each family, but also on the yield of each plant. For make the vegetable garden more profitable, choose vegetables that you like. Also think about the ease of cultivation and harvest to grow them to quickly be able to make this space profitable. The yield is of course one of the things that are difficult to predict due to the different variables: soil quality, sunshine, location, diseases / pests, etc. However, it turns out that a family of three who cultivate ten different vegetables can save up to € 974. Each year, the savings would rise € 313.18 on cherry tomatoes, € 192.96 for onions, € 141.44 for basil, € 73.50 for celery, 65.28 for pumpkin and 44.74 € for carrots. The calculation here also includes lettuce, dill, kale and garlic.
Any other ideas for saving money or even making money with your garden?
-Use a water collector to be able to conserve rainwater for watering and garden maintenance. It is ecological and economical.
-Install a mulch to protect the soil.
-Making compost with your leftover food and plant waste is a zero waste idea to make a natural fertilizer. After decomposition, this composting will take care of the garden.
-Adopt chickens! They will lay eggs several hundred eggs per year.
-Remember to swap plants, seedlings or seeds (vegetables and fruits, flowers, etc.) with other gardeners. In addition to being of service and avoiding losses when you have a large harvest, it also helps to avoid having to buy more. And above all, think about collect your seeds for the following year.
-In addition, you can make your liquid manure, infusions, decoctions (nettle, horsetail, elderberry, comfrey, mugwort…). Thus, there is no need to buy pesticides against harmful insects and unwanted pests, and no need for chemical fertilizers.
-Last idea for those who have a large garden: rent part of your plot of land to other people so that they can get started in their own vegetable garden.