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January 27th, 2013
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If you’re like the millions of people making New Year’s Resolutions for 2013, eating healthy and saving money may be at the top of your list.  Sadly, we now live in a world where it’s inexpensive to buy processed foods, and costly to purchase healthy foods; making many believe that eating healthfully while saving money is an oxymoron. Yet, many are discovering that a simple garden is quite the financial stimulus during these dark economic times, while providing plenty of fruits and vegetables for the whole family. What could you do with the extra money saved from your garden?

Planting your own home garden is as trendy as ever, especially when we see Michelle Obama planting her own family garden at the White House, and seed sales (and prices!) increasing by upwards 20% year on year. Luckily this means that there are plenty of resources out there that can help you build a successful garden.  Below are our top 5 reasons to ditch the grocery store and instead, invest in and plant a simple garden while bulking up your wallet.

The Top 5 Reasons A Garden Can Save You Money

1. Bruce Butterfield, a researcher at the National Gardening Association claims that one well maintained garden is able to return (on average) $1 and ½ pound of vegetables per square foot.  You can increase your savings even further by cutting down on capital costs.  This means that forgoing fencing, fertilizer and preventing weeds by planting closer together may increase your returns.

2. A study at the University of Arizona found that 40-50% of American food goes to waste, while each family throws away almost $600 a year on groceries. Gardening allows you to customize exactly what and how much you would like to grow, reducing unnecessary food waste.

3. According to W. Atlee Burpee Co., every $1 you spend on seeds is able produce at least $25 in fruits and vegetables.  This means that investing $50 in seeds could eventually yield $1,250 in groceries – wow!

4. MSN claims that fruit trees, lettuce, herbs, vine vegetables and bell peppers are less costly if grown in your own backyard.  If you can resist expensive gardening gadgets and unnecessary expenses, these vegetables will give you the most bang for your buck.

5. Freezing, canning and drying vegetables grown in your garden can increase the cost-benefit ration even higher.  Plus, saving leftover vegetables means you can eat healthy all year, with no additives or chemicals normally used in preserving. There are countless online resources that give detailed instructions on this process.

 Do you grow your own fruits, vegetables and herbs? How much are your estimated savings a year?

 

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Humble Seed specializes in premium garden seed kits that are packaged and themed for convenience and ease.  We are dedicated to providing the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to those who choose to start from seed.

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Growing Debt and Growing a Victory Garden

September 20th, 2010

 

Humble Seed will often point out reasons why growing your own food is important, from the freshest foods possible to a sense of personal accomplishment, but there’s another necessary reason why so many families today are turning to gardening: debt.

Today’s economy has forced many families into picking and choosing where they will spend their hard earned money, and sometimes, it can come down to what bills will be paid versus what types of meals will be put on the table. There are families feeling the pressure to buy more processed foods, because they are less expensive. Sadly, processed foods can be very unhealthy. There are also families choosing to grow their own foods, because starting from seed is inexpensive, and the yields can be high—with enough vegetables to feed your family and more for an entire growing season. Aside from the expenses of getting your garden ready and maintaining it, growing your own foods can be very economical.

If you do not have the space or yard for your own garden why not partner with a family member, friend or neighbor and create a joint victory garden? Victory gardens were first created during World War I and World War II in order to minimize the pressure on the public food supply that was caused by the wars. They were herb, fruit and vegetable gardens that were planted at families’ residences and public parks. Today, with the slowly recovering economy and continuing frustrations with the way our foods are being produced and processed, the word ‘victory’ can be an inspiration for a better and more sustainable world. With the popularity of victory gardens growing, it’s clear that people are making informed choices about where they will spend their money, how they will manage to stay afloat during the bad economy, and what foods they will feed their families.

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