Planting, growing and maintaining your own garden is a blissful, rewarding experience that you can enjoy every day. The great thing about plants is that they come in every size. So, whether you have a window sill, balcony or sprawling plot of grass, you can utilize it to its full potential with the right plants.
To the uninformed, a garden may seem like more of a money drain than a money saver. But it’s easily possible to save significant amounts of money in the long run, especially if you eat fruit and vegetables as often as you should.
With this in mind, here’s how you can save, or even make money with your own garden.
Raise Some Chickens
Purchasing some hens from your local farm will cost you close to nothing. All you’ll need is a reasonable size coop, some feed, water and a bit of time, and before you know it, you’ll be picking up free eggs 2-5 times per day, leaving you with more than enough to eat and even some to sell if you fancy the idea.
Fruit And Vegetables
This no-brainer will save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per year in shopping costs. Figure out what you consume most, find a place to plant it, and watch your receipts grow shorter. The savings are astronomical and your contribution to the environment by decreasing demand for store-bought fruit and vegetables will be appreciated by future generations.
If you’re concerned about how your garden looks aesthetically, it’s not difficult to make even the least attractive veggies look great. Surround your plantations with some landscaping stones and pick up a few water features or even a gnome to stand guard.
Make Your Own Compost
Why buy compost when you can simply make it yourself while also adding less pollution to landfills? Fruit and vegetable peelings, cardboard, wool, egg shells, coffee filters, spoiled rice and coconut milk are all great ingredients that your plants will love.
Shave digits off your water bill by collecting freely available rainwater. You don’t need to invest in a huge rainwater tank and gutter system to get started. A few buckets are all you’ll need, especially if you’re only using the water to hydrate your garden. Once again, not only are you saving money, but you’re helping the environment as well.
Start An Apiary
In case you just had a heart attack, an apiary is a colony of bees – not apes. Getting your own hive, equipment, and bees will require some investment, but the long-term benefits are significant. Pure, well-made honey is an extremely valuable resource and a single hive can produce well over twenty jars annually.
With bees becoming increasingly endangered, they need all the help they can get from caring owners.
One of the greatest things you can do as a human being is helping save the environment. With your own garden, you’ll be doing exactly that while also saving yourself significant amounts of money every year on food, water, and transport costs.