I love to garden. I had a small garden as a kid growing up in Vermont and I’ve kept a small garden going the last few years at our home. PoniesandFIREjr loves to pick cherry tomatoes off the plant and eat them and is a boss at helping with the watering.
Last year we did tons of tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and a watermelon. I also have a bunch of black raspberry bushes and apple trees. Gardening is fun, it’s heathy, but if I really assess the finances of it, it’s probably not saving me much because I easily spend over $100 on started plants each year and have kept it pretty small.
With this year’s plan to get more serious on our finances, I decided to have a better plan for my garden and to start my own plants from seeds. I looked at local prices and then ended up ordering seeds through Amazon. I chose the Heirloom Vegetable Garden Seed Collection – Assortment of 15 Non-GMO, Easy Grow, Gardening Seeds: Carrot, Onion, Tomato, Pea, More from Mountain Valley Seed Company (https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/9461715011?_encoding=UTF8&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Mountain%20Valley%20Seed%20Company&ref_=w_bl_hsx_s_lg_web_9461715011). This plethora of seeds cost me $20 and shipping was free.
Then I picked up a bag of Miracle-Gro 75078500 Seed Starting Potting Mix Bag, 8-Quart for $12.
Last night my assistant, poniesandFIREjr, and I went to work and started some cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet peppers, lettuce, peas, watermelon and cantaloupe seeds. I’m using egg cartons and containers we already had in the house, so no other expenses involved.
We will probably start a few more plants inside next week and then wait and plant things like carrots and beets directly in the garden next month. If it all goes as planned, we will have about 4x the number of plants in our garden this summer, for about a third of the cost, just by starting our own plants!
It’s also super fun kid activity, once I got over the spilled dirt in my dining room. PoniesandFIREjr keeps checking the plants, he can’t wait to see them start growing!