Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Growing a garden really does save you money on groceries ~ A $.99 meal for a family of 8
I've had so many people as me "does it really save you money?" when they ask about my gardens. Or "is it really worth the trouble? Actually, it is a lot of work. Take yesterday's dinner for example. I pulled potatoes and picked green beans for the cheapest dinner I have made so far. I scrubbed and diced and cleaned and boiled them together. This does take more time but they are fresh and healthy, and I didn't have to buy them in the store this summer at all. I bought one package of turkey bacon (that I bought ahead of time and was in my freezer). I paid $.99 for it. At times I buy up on items such as these when they are 10 for $10.00 sales. Anyway, I picked enough potatoes and green beans for a meal for 8. After the potatoes and beans were done cooking, I drained and tossed in crumbled, cooked, bacon. Gave it a toss and watched everyone devour it. Yes, growing a garden, not only saves a lot of money, but is so much healthier if you don't use chemicals on your garden. Growing a garden is tedious, but the rewards are well worth it!
I even used zucchini to make these delicious loaves of homemade bread! The family devoured that too! I used applesauce instead of oil. The plan for us is to grow apple trees and make our own applesauce. I also used whole wheat flour from a working flour mill (preservative free).