Hola! It’s Thrifty Tuesday! And while today’s topic isn’t 100% totally thrifty, it will save us money in the long run, so I decided it counts. Today is all about my garden!
If you’ve followed me for awhile you’d know we’ve had a CSA share (Community Supported Agriculture) that we’ve split with my in-laws for the last several years. Because of some changes our CSA was making we decided to not get the CSA share this year. Instead, Nate and I decided we’d expand our garden and grow more of our own veggies. We’ve done tomatoes for three years now so adding more didn’t seem like too much extra work.
The initial set up is not exactly thrifty. We do all of our plants from seed – seeds are not expensive at all. Nate orders our seeds from a company online and they are very reasonably priced. But to get the seeds started, we set up a little greenhouse in our basement with a heating pad and grow light, those were not cheap. However, now that we have these items, we can use them again and again.
When it came time to move them outside, Nate built a second raised bed for them, so of course the wood wasn’t exactly cheap. We also had to buy the dirt to fill the boxes. But again, now that the boxes are built, we will just be spending a little money on dirt each year.
And now we wait for the plants to grow and then they’ll give us lots of fresh veggies that we won’t have to spend money on at the store or Farmer’s Market. We will have tomatoes, peppers, radishes, green beans, collard greens, carrots, onions and corn. We also are growing tons of fresh herbs that we’ve already been able to use for cooking.
I think this will save us money this summer, again, while there is an initial investment in getting this all set up, now it’s ready to go. Next year we can just plant. We also have more control over what we get. With the CSA we never knew each week what we were getting until the day of delivery. This way we know we’re getting the veggies we like best. I’m pretty excited to watch my garden grow, it’s already been filling in nicely!
And I got a chuckle out of Nate’s makeshift scarecrow last night. He saw a crow hanging around and so he decided to make his own scarecrow out of a shovel and a bucket. And it is working so far! Another cost savings right there!