Research what grows best in your area to get a good start.
As prices to stock the fridge continue to rise, some savvy Americans are going straight to the source to dig for new ones opportunities to save.
Grab some soil, a shovel, seeds and gloves because home gardening could be the start of a production solution.
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With CPI estimates that fresh vegetable prices will rise by nearly 5% and fresh fruit prices by nearly 7% this year, experts suggest planning meals with seasonal produce to keep costs down.
Bonton Farms founder Daron Babcock, whose farm yields 40,000 to 50,000 pounds of food each year, told Good Morning America that farm produce starts with education. He shared a few steps to get started.
“We have people who come and learn how to do it [garden] who want to come and learn how to do it in their own backyard,” he said.
According to the National Gardening Association, home gardeners hoping to augment their savings should look for plants that can grow in a small space and produce a large yield, such as tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumbers.
A small packet of lettuce seeds can cost around $2 and could provide enough for a summer of greens, saving hundreds of dollars.
Michael Pratt turned a gardening hobby into a money-saving cornucopia, telling GMA, “Not only do we taste fresher veggies better — they don’t hurt your wallet.”
He said he’s bought “significantly less” produce from the store, adding that there’s now “only protein and non-growable stuff” at the grocery checkout. “It’s hundreds of dollars a month that we no longer have to spend,” he said.
For others looking to create their own home garden, Pratt suggests researching which plants grow best in the area.
Although some people don’t have housing arrangements where gardening is an accessible option, there are some investments and options to ultimately save.
For example, apartment dwellers can focus on growing fresh herbs in containers on windowsills, or purchase a hydroponic and vertical indoor farming system.