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This is a follow up to our previous post
This is a follow up to our previous post
We hope you have enjoyed all of the "growing" and plant spacing articles so far. We are frugal people and I love a good DIY project in the garden that doesn't require spending a bunch of money. A few examples from previous articles include Start A Bucket Garden or our videos about Using Manure in the Garden and Composting Basics with Mary.
So how do we Grow MORE and Spend Less?
As we mentioned above, recycling in the garden is a GREAT place to start.
-Food scraps and yard "waste" can be composted to use as "free" nutrients for your plants
-Recycled containers can be used for seed starting and growing
-If you have livestock or know someone with animals (rabbit, chicken, goat, cow, pig, horse, alpaca) then you might ask them for their manure. Rabbit manure can be used immediately but the rest should be composted for 3-12 months depending on the animal.
-Collect & save water. Rain water, grey water systems and "shower buckets" are great ways to save
Free shipping and free seeds!
At Mary's Heirloom Seeds we offer free shipping on heirloom seeds within the US with a $10 order minimum. As an added bonus we also include a free pack of seeds with your purchase!
99 Cent Seed packs to help you grow more!
Our unique selection of sale seeds and every-day 99 cent packs are another great way to grow more and save. Some of these varieties will grow large, delicious veggies.
From a single seed we grew several Hubbard Blue Squash. This one was 16 1/2 pounds
The smaller beet on the left is an early Wonder heirloom beet and on the right is Red Mammoth Mangel beet. The Red Mammoth Mangel Beet is known as a "fodder beet" and was picked small at only 3 1/8 lb
Fodder beets have been around since the 1400s if not earlier. These beets were prized as nutritious animal feed that was easy to store. Fodder beets are hardy, adaptable and palatable. They are ideal for planting in late summer for use as a winter and spring crop.
Red Mammoth Mangel Beets produce an incredible mass of edible beet leaves and a large root up to 20 pounds or more in size
NJ Wakefield Cabbage is another great option as each pack contains 200 seeds for only 99 Cents!
The outer leaves of the Swiss Chard can be harvested as needed and it will continue to produce. We have had plants that lasted for a year so you can see why Swiss Chard made the list
Homegrown heirloom tomatoes are so flavorful. There are so many unique varieties to choose from that you cannot purchase from the store
These are just a few example of how to grow more & spend less.
We're already planning our September SEED planting!!!
Mary from Mary's Heirloom Seeds with her 16.4 pound Hubbard Blue Squash
If you search the web, you'll find that many gardeners agree on the top easy veggies to grow. We all have our challenges and our favorites.
Last year, my best producer was the
Black Beauty Zucchini.
Some of them grew over 18 inches long
(that's a wide-mouth quart jar for comparison)
You don't have to have a "farm" or land to grow food. If you're up to it, read my recent article "You Don't Need a Farm to Grow Your Own Food."
Just last year we posted about our Bucket Garden Project. "For this project, 100% of the buckets used are recycled. Some of the buckets were from previous projects and the yellow ones once held fresh kitty litter. The white buckets are food grade. The goal of this project to spend as little as possible and still grow food."
So let's get started!
People often ask, "What's the easiest veggie to grow?" For me, that's a tough one. If I had to choose just ONE, the easiest veggie with the best yield, it would have to be Swiss Chard. Swiss Chard is easy to grow from seed and provides continual harvest for several months after maturity. Swiss Chard can survive warm and hot climates so that's a plus.
What are the 9 Easiest Veggies to Grow?
|CHARD growing in a container|
|RADISH is a quick growing veggie!|
|LETTUCE is a great container vegetable|
|BEANS are one of my favorite!|
|Tiny CUCUMBER growing on the vine!|
|Last year some of our ZUCCHINI grew HUGE!|
|Homegrown HEIRLOOM TOMATOES|