Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In times of Economic Uncertainty, GROW and SAVE!

Planning for the future is important.  In the words of Jack Reacher (Lee Child), "Hope for the Best.  Plan for the worst."  While we cannot predict the loss of income, unexpected medical bills or car repairs, we should plan ahead and prepare the best we can.

I've been asked, "How much money can you actually save by growing food?"
That's a great question.  First, it depends on where you live (seasons) and next, how much you plan to grow.  With most projects, there are start up costs and time involved.  Let's start off simple with 2 plant varieties
I chose 2 easy varieties: Arugula and Bell Pepper
Check out more of the crazy and unique varieties at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  
Like PURPLE Basil, GREEN ZEBRA Tomatoes and LEMON Cucumber!


At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, a packet of Arugula seeds is $3.00 and contains 300 seeds.  Even if only 90% of those seeds germinate (almost 100% of mine grow!), that still leaves 270 plants!
For this comparison, we're going to share a very economical option for growing greens 

Grow Your own:
Sterilite 18 gallon bin: $9
Organic Potting Soil: $9 a bag
Arugula Seeds: $3
Total: $21 for 270 Arugula Plants (much more than a bunch)

Purchased at my local store, organic Arugula is about $1.99 per bunch.  Let's compare:

270 homegrown bunches of Arugula $21

270 store bought bunches of Arugula $537.30

If you save your seeds...The savings are incalculable!


At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, a packet of Cal Wonder Bell Peppers is $4 for 35 seeds. Again, even if only90% of those seeds germinate, that's 31 plants!
For this comparison, we're going to share a very economical option for growing peppers 

Grow Your own:
Sterilite 18 gallon bin: $9
(a 5-gallon bucket works and it costs $3)
Organic Potting Soil: $9 a bag
Pepper Seeds: $4
Total: $22 for 31 Pepper plants
What if your harvest is "not-so-good?"  That's okay!  Save the seeds!  A pepper plant can produce 1-20 peppers (sometimes more depending on the variety)
For this, we will say that each plant produced 3 pepper (sad, I know).  That's still 93 pepper!

Purchased at my local store, Organic Bell Peppers are 2 for $3.  Let's Compare:

93 homegrown organic Peppers $22

93 store bought organic Peppers $139.50

SO MUCH MORE savings if your pepper plants produce more peppers AND you can save your seeds!

Are you seeing the pattern here?  Growing Food saves Money!  Growing your own Food means you know exactly what and how it was grown and you can grow it organic with no cancer-causing chemicals or pesticides.

Did you know the WHO, the World Health Organization, just classified Gyphosphate a carcinogen?  That's cancer causing!  What is Glyphosphate?  It's a key ingredient in Monsanto's Round-Up and it is IN THE FOOD, WATER & AIR thanks to the millions of tons of Glyophosphate used every year in the US.

Are you ready to get growing?  What would you like to grow?
Would you like FREE SEEDS?  Check out our latest special for free seeds at Mary's Heirloom Seeds


Other than those points, remember that growing food—or any plant for that matter—is an exercise that connects you with nature. The goal is to enjoy the process, to learn and to have fun! 

**UPDATE:  After only an hour of publishing this article, the feedback is amazing.  From a friend and customer: "That amount is just the tip of the iceburg.  I have been giving away a ton of stuff to neighbors and I cannot eat/freeze it all right now.  Another savings is the "junk" stuff (end pieces, etc) gets fed to the animals which cuts down on the feed bill"

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!


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Unknown said...

Hi Mary,
I totally agree that growing food saves money! I grew up with a backyard garden full of our favorite vegetables. I especially loved the fresh taste of home grown tomatoes! Most importantly, as you so aptly stated, when we grow our own food, we know what we are eating and feeding our families. And yes, the savings are significant.Thank you so much for sharing this powerful post on the Plant-Based Potluck Party! We appreciate it. I am pinning and sharing.

Jen said...

I garden because I love doing it - the harvest is just a bonus for my work! I never really thought about the money saving aspect of growing my own vegetables but you're so right! Thanks for this eye opening post.

Lindsey said...

I love this! And I love the cost breakdown - I'm nerdy that way I guess ;) Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop!

Unknown said...

Hi Mary,
Growing our own is the best way to control the quality and safety of the food we eat! I am so delighted that you shared your invaluable gardening wisdom with us on the Plant-based Potluck Party. I appreciate it. I'm pinning and sharing.

Unknown said...

What a wonderful post reminding us that the closest grocery store is actually our own backyard!! Thank you for a great reminder post, you were selected as the FEATURED last week in Simple Saturdays Blog Hop!! Congratulations. Hop on over and grab your FEATURED button to proudly display and we sure hope to see you again this weekend. ~Kat

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