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Moms are Becoming Gardeners, Are You?

In an effort to reduce grocery bills moms are becoming amateur farmers.

Mom Talk Question of the Week:

A popular trend to save money is to “grow your own.”  Many urban and suburban families are planting small gardens in order to cut back on food bills.  Is this something you would consider for your family?

Sunny Taylor, mom to two girls ages 3 and 10

We started a garden last year and I was amazed at our savings.  After my husband lost his job we really had to tighten the purse strings.  Starting a garden seemed like a good way to provide fresh produce to my family.  I am a “beginner farmer” so I didn’t plant very much the first year; this year I hope to grow more stuff.  In fact, I hope to grow enough tomatoes so I can put some up in cans for the winter!

Rochelle Norris, Douglasville to 6-year old girl and 10-year old boy

While I would love to save money on our food bills, I have the blackest thumbs in the universe so this lifestyle will never work for me. I see my neighbors growing stuff in pots and out in their backyards and it interests me but I have no idea where to start.  I love fresh tomatoes and I hear they are easy to grow so many I’ll have the guts to do that someday.

Minde Herbert, mom to 5-year old twins, Sam and Jane

We started growing our own produce over 11 years ago.  It’s easier than some folks might think, and depending on the method, it takes up very little space.  I live in a planned community in the suburbs with a small yard, yet still manage to harvest tomatoes, strawberries, onions, peppers, carrots, peas, broccoli, melons, squash and lots of herbs, such as basil and thyme.  The entire family gets on in the fun.  The kids are in charge of the giant lettuce pot, and are responsible for watering, weeding and such.  We save lots of money, especially in the spring and summer.  High-ticket items in stores, like organic heirloom tomatoes and red bell peppers, cost us pennies on the dollar since we grow our own.  

Virginia D April 27, 2011 at 04:18 PM
This is a wonderful way to be more frugal and be able to enjoy healthy foods. My parents used to grow tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers and they always tasted better fresh from the garden than from the store.
Laurel May 04, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Kudos to you! Not only are you saving money, but your girls are learning a bit about how to be self-sufficient, about their environment, and about healthy eating. I'm sure you'll find that they are much readier to eat things like broccoli if you plant them yourselves. I share as much as I can with my grandchildren, though they don't visit as often as I like. I live 70 miles RT from the nearest WalMart, so it's a trek to Grandma's house, which is also why I shop online...also to save money. I shop for garden stuff exclusively from GardenHarvestSupply and couldn't be happier with the quality of their plants when they arrive and the selection to begin with. Besides broccoli plants, I've bought tomato plants, cheddar (yep Cheddar) Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, a number of lettuces, cantaloupe plants, watermelon plants and sweet and hot peppers. My salsa was "to die for" last year. So, keep up the good work and enjoy your girls. I think all stay-at-home Moms have no excuse not to introduce their children to this hobby, even if it's one single tomato plant in a planter :) Check the link for a great selection of broccoli plants etc., that you won't find at your local garden center or WalMart: http://www.gardenharvestsupply.com/ProductCart/pc/Potted-Broccoli-Plants-for-Sale-c50.htm Happy Gardening!
Minde Herbert May 04, 2011 at 10:10 PM
THANKS so much for your comment and for the great gardening resource. I'll be sure to check it out.

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