Planting a Family Garden

There are many benefits to planting a garden, especially this year. Food costs are increasing, particularly for fresh fruits and vegetables. It is hard to buy these things at the store especially when you are not sure when you are going to cook them. Most fresh foods don’t have a very long shelf life and when you go grocery shopping once a week and don’t plan a day by day menu you run the risk of having fresh foods go bad before you even get to use them. 

Personally I hate wasting things and we all know that the summer is much less structured than the winter in terms of scheduling and dinnertime. Sometimes dinner is late or rather than having a big meal we might throw something on the grill or just have soup and sandwiches. Buying fresh gets expensive and wasteful if you don’t plan ahead, this is why we decided that a garden is a great idea this year.

We have been making a continued effort to focus on healthy eating and there is nothing healthier than growing your own food. Fresh vegetables and natural ingredients that you can pick right from your back yard are perfect. It is something that we can do as a family on the cheap. I did make it clear that this was everyone’s project, not just mine.

Surprisingly the whole family seemed on board with the idea. Since this is our first garden we need everything from A-Z in terms of supplies. We borrowed a tiller from the neighbor and bought a few bags of fertilizer from a local greenhouse. The garden won’t be that big but big enough for the essentials. We would all take turns weeding and watering. Everyone was able to choose two things that they wanted to plant in the garden and these were the top picks from the family.

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Peas
  • Beans

This is a great list of vegetables that will allow us a great variety of healthy homegrown foods to choose from. I am even planning on picking up a few small strawberry plants to see if I can grow them in window boxes. If the garden works this year we can see about expanding it next year or maybe even growing some herbs.

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