As the cost of stocking the refrigerator continues to grow, some astute Americans are going straight to the source to find new methods to save.
Gather some soil, a shovel, seeds, and gloves, because home gardening may be the beginning of a produce solution.
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With the Consumer Price Index projecting a 5% increase in fresh vegetable prices and a 7% increase in fresh fruit prices this year, experts recommend organising meals around seasonal products to keep expenses down.
Daron Babcock, the creator of Bonton Farms, whose farm produces 40,000 to 50,000 pounds of food every year, told “Good Morning America” that farming starts with knowledge. He explained how to get started.
“We have folks that want to come and learn how to [garden] in their own backyard,” he said.
Home gardeners who want to expand their savings can seek for plants that can grow and provide a large output in a little space, such as tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumbers, according to the National Gardening Association.
A single packet of lettuce seeds can cost as little as $2 and produce enough lettuce for a summer’s worth of greens, saving you hundreds of dollars.
“Not only do we get better taste fresh vegetables — it doesn’t damage your pocket,” Michael Pratt told “GMA,” “Not only do we get better tasting fresh vegetables — it doesn’t hurt your pocket.”
He said he buys “much less” produce at the shop now, and that “it’s only proteins and non-growable things” at the checkout. He explained, “It’s hundreds of dollars a month that we don’t have to spend.”
Pratt advises people interested in starting their own home garden to research what plants thrive in their location.
Although some people do not live in areas where gardening is an option, there are some investments and solutions that can help them save in the long run.
Apartment residents, for example, can produce fresh herbs in window sill containers or invest in a hydroponic and vertical indoor gardening system.