Frugal Friday: Grow Your Own Food

A lovely little garden c/o Wikimedia Commons This Friday our frugal fun is less of a tip and more of an exploration. Since the weather has been downright pleasant the past few days, I’ve been dreaming of gardening. I have a black thumb, but one of my goals this year is to banish that black thumb and grown my own food.

I know that growing my own veggies (after the initial setup) can be a money saver and I am dying to learn how to can. I’ve checked out a few books from my library, but I’m looking to you, dear readers, for more help.

  • Do you garden?
  • What do you grow and why?
  • What has been your best performing fruit or veggie?
  • Do you know of any must-read gardening blogs?

I’m just exploring this topic and learn as much as I can before I embark on the wild world of home gardening.

Talk to me in the comments!


10 thoughts on “Frugal Friday: Grow Your Own Food

  1. Loura

    I was just writing a post about this last week. Ive done a square foot garden for 6 years now. It is nothing short of amazing. Every year I end up with far too many zucchini and tomatoes, and end up trading with neighbors. Its so easy once you get started, and since its on such a small scale it is very manageable for a beginner.
    You need to check into your gardening zone to figure out what works best there, then just plant what you like to eat, and watch the magic happen!
    I like the books Square Foot Gardening, and Carrots Love Tomatoes for garden planning.

    1. lovelibrarianmelanie Post author

      Loura, thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely check those books out and I do think I’ll be sticking to the small scale. I’m excited to start soon!

  2. Roberta

    We love gardening! You can do it on a small scale and some things in pots Since we are new to Oregon , we will be learning. You may consider a compost pile to put your veggie and cuttings from plants, coffee grounds and eggshells. It’s sometimes hit and miss but a peaceful endeavor. Ps my husband loves horse manure. He digs and mixes with the good earth.

    1. lovelibrarianmelanie Post author

      Thanks for the tips, Roberta! I’m excited to learn and grow (pun intended!).

  3. Ashlee

    For canning, you must purchase the Ball Blue Book of Canning! It’s a favorite that my mother purchased for me when she first turned over the pressure canner to me. It has great color illustrations, some decent recipes, and sensical explanations. Mine is now crunchy, covered in dried tomato smears, and probably full of salt, but I still drag it out every July when I start packing hot jars. Good luck!

  4. Ree

    I live in an apartment with a fire escape. Last summer I grew all our greens (two kinds of kale) and herbs out there. I call it my “farm” on the “porch”.

    And a second for Ball’s canning book.

    1. lovelibrarianmelanie Post author

      I like that– “my farm” and I will definitely be checking out that canning book.

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