Are you ready to learn how to grow your own food?

Are you ready to learn how to grow your own food?

Are you looking for new ways to save money in 2016? You’re in the right place! My wife and I have been focused on how to live frugally on a low, low budget (of $0 this month!) and I’m ready to share all of that information with you (if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been trying to all month). Today I want to tell you all about how to grow your own food – it’s possible!

One morning, when I was around eight years old, I planted my first tomato plant.

I woke up on a Saturday morning and came downstairs. Ate breakfast, watched some cartoons, and then my dad came into the room.

“Let’s go do some gardening!” He said. He handed me a shovel and we walked out to the side of our house where a small area of dirt sat, as if waiting for us. We got to work right away, pulling weeds, tilling the soil, preparing to plant tomato plants. I still remember the cool, moist feeling of the soil between my fingers as I dug them into the ground.

We planted our tomato seeds and waited. It felt like forever – years upon years of waiting – until finally, I walked outside and noticed the sprout popping out of the ground. Each day was like a new adventure as I watched the tomato plant grow, form green tomatoes, and ripen into fresh, plump tomatoes.

My dad and I went to check every morning and when they were finally ready, we pulled them off and ate them fresh – right out of the garden, tomato seeds dripping from our fingers. These were the best tomatoes.

Fast forward many years and here we are, ready to plant tomato seeds once more, but this time we are creating our own full garden inside. Are you ready to learn how to grow your own food?

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As some of you may know, we are in the midst of our first ever No Spend Challenge (NSC) which started January 1.

The short story is that my wife and I racked up a ton of debt (read how HERE) and want to pay it off as quickly as possible so that we can live our dream lives (read about our goals HERE). This challenge will help us learn about living frugal, saving money, and paying off our debt faster.

Visit our post, Frugal Living at its Finest: the No Spend Challenge, to view why we are doing the challenge, what the challenge entails, and the rules.

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How to Grow Your Own Food

There are many different foods that you can grow inside your home, but first you must make the decision to grow them. Build a planter to put them in, throw in the seeds, care for them wholeheartedly, and soon you’ll have food growing inside your home! Here are some tips for you on how to grow your own food.

Good Reasons to Grow Your Own Food

There are many reasons for you to grow your own food, but sometimes it can be hard to make the transition. Most people realize that growing food takes a lot of work and if you aren’t ready to make the commitment, it may not be the right thing for you. However, if you’re like us and trying to live as frugally as possible as you work to pay off debt, save your money, or live a healthier life, then learning how to grow your own food can be a real life-saver. Why?

  • Healthier: Growing food in your home means that you can control what goes into your family’s bodies. Much of the produce that you purchase at the grocery store has been grown indoors, sprayed with chemicals, and may not be exactly what you think it is (I’m all for supporting local farmers though, don’t get me wrong – if you buy at a farmer’s market, that’s awesome).
  • Saves Money: What’s the most expensive thing that you buy at a grocery store? I bet your answer probably includes something about produce. Right? Because produce these days is priced outrageously. Unless you’re amazing with coupons and deals, you are probably spending way more than you think by eating healthy (which sucks!). By using some of the scraps from your produce (that you probably were going to throw away anyway) you can save a ton of money and have an unlimited supply (which would be great if you want to learn how to can – click HERE for info on why you should).
  • Live Better: Not only does growing plants in your home produce oxygen and greenery that’s sure to make you happier (there’s research on that), but they also help you to feel more alive. To me, there’s nothing more satisfying than growing something with your own hands. When you eat those fresh tomatoes, they’ll taste better than anything you’ve ever eaten – because you created them.

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Deciding Where to Put Them

Once you have decided to grow your own indoor garden, you have to decide where to put them. Building a planter certainly isn’t hard, but sometimes finding the space is. We put our planter in our dining room because we don’t often use it – it also gets a lot of sunlight and heat which helps our veggies to grow! If you don’t have a lot of room, you can even do smaller planters scattered throughout the house (as long as you remember where you put them)!

Some of you may know, but I am creating a course called “Transitioning to a Frugal Life: Living Well on Less” – in this course, I’ll have a detailed module on how to actually build your own garden planter in your home, what plants grow best, and how to harvest seeds from these plants to give them the best shot at growing (everything you need to know). So, look forward to that in the coming months. If it’s something you’re interested in, let me know in the comments and I’ll send you a big discount when the course is released.

As for now, know that you need to put your garden planter in a sunny, warm place where you will remember to water it and care for it. Vegetables do take some care to grow, so keep that in mind as you plant them.

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Choosing the Plants to Grow

So, your garden is all set up and ready to go, all you need now is the plants. The greatest thing about learning how to grow your own food is that you can experiment with so many different types of produce to plant. In my opinion, the best way to decide is by looking in your fridge.

Growing your own food helps to eliminate food waste. All of those pieces of the veggies / fruits that you cut off and throw away? Most of the time, those are the pieces that, if harvested and planted right, can produce crops!

My favorite example is the green onion. This plan is simple: cut off the bottom inch (the white part) of the onion and place it in some clean, lukewarm water. Keep the water clean and filled, keep the plant in the sun, and within a couple of weeks you’ll have a new onion again. Trim off the top and you’ll have a never-ending supply of green onions. It’s that easy!

There are other plants that are great for regrowing too! Look for information on celery, tomatoes, eggs, potatoes, white / yellow / red onions, cilantro, apples, and so much more. Once you harvest and plant the seeds, you’ll have the whole produce section right inside your home!

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Are You Ready to Learn How to Grow Your Own Food?

Now the question is on your table: are you ready to learn how to grow your own food? Are you ready to save a ton of money on your grocery bills each month? Are you ready to eat healthy and live a longer life? Do you want that hands-in-the-dirt, tomato-juice-on-your-fingers-good type of experience?

Now’s the time to learn! If you are excited about learning all the details, let me know that you’re interested in the course! If you just have some questions, leave them in the comments, I’m more than happy to answer. If you’re ready to start now, go for it! You’ve got this! What is life except to experiment, love, and be happy?

Our quote today is by Richard Branson.

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“The best way of learning about anything is by doing.” -Richard Branson

That’s what my new course is focused on: teaching you how to live frugally, by helping you to actually do it so that you can learn. That’s what this whole month of the No Spend Challenge is focused on too. My wife and I have read for months and months about how to save money, but now that we are in the midst of the challenge – we are actually doing the challenge – we are learning so much more than before.

You can change the world.

What is the first vegetable you want to grow?

Leave your responses in the comments below!

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16 Replies to “Are you ready to learn how to grow your own food?”

  1. Our garden got destroyed this past summer by some beetles, but we’ll be doing it again this year. A tomato plant is a must for us and green onions too. Tried growing celery, but it was really hard.

    1. Celery IS really hard if you start from seeds – try the water and cup method, it’s super easy. 🙂 That’s horrible that your garden got destroyed, but I’m glad you’re trying again! Thank you for reading and commenting, Erlene

  2. I love doing that trick with green onions! We had a garden when we lived in a house, but it’s turned out to not be a big priority now that we’re in our little apartment. I still try to grow some herbs though. Good job doing what you have to do to get out of debt! My husband had school debt from our awesome private Christian college when he graduated, and his strategy was to move in with his parents and work lots of overtime until it was paid off–thankfully, in nursing, in a state where there’s a nurse shortage, that’s a strategy that worked really well and he paid off 25K in a little over a year. Both of us tell all the little incoming college students in our lives to do whatever it takes to avoid school loans if at all possible, through working hard or scholarships or school choice–but sometimes they’re necessary and worth it, just get them paid off asap!

    1. Thank you for your comment, Rachel! It’s so true, student loans are really frustrating… But like you said, sometimes there’s nothing you can do, but to take them as needed and pay them off quickly. I didn’t receive that advice as an incoming freshman, didn’t really think about how they would affect me, but now I realize that I need to get them gone ASAP and am doing everything I can to get rid of them! 🙂 It must feel great to be paying off debt so fast! Living in a little apartment can certainly help that as well. 🙂 Thanks for sharing some of your story. I really appreciate it and I hope you’ll continue coming back and sharing more. So glad you stopped by!

  3. I have been meaning to get my indoor garden going, this post in inspiring me to do just that. I have tried to grow green onions at home a few times, but it never turned out the way I wanted it to, wasn’t sure what I was doing wrong. Well, time to get started again.
    xx, Kusum |

    1. I’m so glad this post inspired you to start growing your own garden! It’s definitely worth it – I imagine we save hundreds just by planting some produce. 🙂 As it grows, I’m hoping that we’ll continue to save and learn more about gardening. Thank you for your comment, Kusum! Let us know how your garden turns out!

  4. You started to grow from trash!! super! I experimented the same with: celery, parsley, carrots,
    rosemary, the small small garlic gloves, the small dried onions, peeks, red beetroot, horseradish. As a small remark: the plants are going in the second year of vegetation, so I prefer to grow and eat the small leaves on place.
    Costs: zero! (reuse water, reuse jars, reuse trash :D, sun light is for free )

    1. Thanks!! It’s so easy to start growing from trash and it saved a ton of money! Cost is zero – which is awesome! I want to try growing garlic and herbs, I haven’t started those yet, but I know that it’s not too hard. I’m glad that you’re enjoying growing them too! 🙂 We have a lot in common, you and I. Thank you for always reading and commenting

    1. Thank you for your comment, Filipe! I’m so glad that the post inspired you (that was the goal, after all). I hope you go try to experiment with some more produce! Have fun!

  5. That onion trick is really cool. Kids love checking it out and seeing the progress, too! We enjoyed fresh watermelon in our garden patch this fall—best watermelon any of us has ever had. When it comes to food, freshness is king. And nothing is fresher than picking it from your own growing plants. Or more satisfying! Thanks for sharing. Can’t to hear more of your food/cooking advice! (We ended up getting a hand-me-down breadmaker based on your other post—first loaf will be made tonight!)

    1. Ohh I bet watermelon would be AMAZING home grown! I haven’t tried growing that quite yet, but our tomatoes sprouted this weekend and I can’t wait to enjoy what they produce! 🙂 Also, I’m SO excited that you got a breadmaker based on my post! I hope you enjoy the loaves you’ve made so far! 🙂 I’d love to swap bread maker recipes with you sometime if you ever want to. I think it’s one of the number one money-saving-frugality-tips we use! Thank you for your comment, Mortimer!

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