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Plant Seeds to Save Earth and Money

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Its Earth Day and what better way to celebrate than by starting a garden! An added bonus to starting a garden is the money you save by growing your own herbs, vegetables and fruits.

For most of my life, I have loved flowers and gardens but was plagued with a black thumb. Any living plant I tried to grow, failed and died pretty quickly. Either, I forgot to water or I over watered and killed the plants.Even with the consistent failing at growing plants, I kept on trying over and over again.

Through much perseverance, I have turned my black thumb into a green thumb. Last year, I planted cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, Bok choy, beans and squash. Also, I planted so many beautiful flowers. The cucumbers, some of the peppers, bok choy and squash were bought and planted as seedling plants. The tomatoes, rest of the peppers, lettuce and beans were started as seeds.

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Starting the plants as seeds was a first time thing for me and I didn’t realize how fast and how many of seedlings grow from these tiny seeds. I ended up with SOOOOOO many tomato and pepper plants that we couldn’t keep up with all of them. Danyella was in her glory to be able to go pick and eat her tomatoes whenever she wanted all summer long.

I did have some failures like my bok choy and squash. I didn’t know that squash needed some help with their fruition in order to grow. Plus, I didn’t know that bok choy would bolt so quickly and I couldn’t keep up with it.

This year, thanks to Target, Walmart and the Dollar store, I have expanded my list of plants which I am starting all from seeds. At Walmart and Target, I found herbs in little tins that come with the seeds and starter pellets. The great thing about these kits is that the herbs can continue to grow indoors in these tins, all year-long. Now, I can cook with fresh herbs like Thyme, Basil, Cilantro, Oregano and Sage!

I bought seeds like tomato, snap peas, and beans plus the seed starting trays at the dollar store. These are great because you only need them for a short period of time. I bought the seed starter pellets for $4 at Walmart and have lots of seedlings already started. I have leftover seeds from last year and need to buy a few more types of seeds for this year.

Instead of buying tons of trays, I am recycling egg cartons, milk containers and things to start my seeds or make into pots. This not only saves me money but saves the Earth from more trash to be collected in a trash dump.

My challenge this year is going to be to make my garden grow all in pots. I am fearful of planting a garden in the yard because we share it with the unruly neighbors whose kids don’t have any respect for other people’s property. Living on the second floor, I have lots of outdoor steps leading up to our door to utilize with pots. I plan on using every space possible to grow my garden and save money this summer with our fresh veggies and trying a strawberry plant for the first time this year!

Total for seeds, pellets and eventually soil for my pots will still cost less than going to the store and buying these fruits and veggies at the store.

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Are you ready to start a garden today?

 

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15 thoughts on “Plant Seeds to Save Earth and Money

  1. I am SUCH a big fan of this!!! I love incorporating many ways to be eco-friendly and to teach our kids the same.

  2. I need to start this again, I used to grow our own before we moved

  3. Sending my husband your way- he LOVES gardening and I love the end result! 🙂

  4. Gardening can be so therapeutic. This is such a great way to give back to the Earth!

  5. […] Last week, I talked about the variety of seeds that you can buy at the dollar store. Out of convenience, I picked up seed packets for carrots and lettuce at Walmart which were $1.49 and $1.69 each so I could have picked up a third packet if I bought them at the Dollar Store! If you want to read my post about starting from seeds here is the post: Plant Seeds to Save The Earth […]

  6. I have a small garden in which I plant peas, green chillies, tomatoes, different variety of gourds etc and it is such a rewarding experience when they start growing fruits. I feel that I have achieved something.

  7. My husband and I grew some hydroponic plants a couple years ago. We should do this again. Thank you for the reminder!

  8. I am not very good with gardening, but I am still working hard to at least keep one plant alive. I love home grown vegetables, herbs, and fruits. I hope to get better at gardening because it really does save money to grow your own food.

  9. Oh how I wish I had a green thumb. I would so be doing this! Such a great idea!

  10. I loooove gardening! I moved to Washington from Kansas recently, so I am still getting used to the climate and what works where in the garden. Did okay with tomatoes and peppers last year so I’m trying for a bit more this time.

  11. I started growing my own peppers and tomatoes this year. Can’t wait for them to be ready. Home grown products taste so much better

  12. I totally love gardening and I miss it a lot. I use to do it with my grandmother. The food from the garden is so delicious and much better. You are so lucky.

  13. Oh my! That sure is a lot of money you are saving. I really should expand my garden to more than flowers and a few fruits. This was really eye-opening. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  14. I’m a big fan of kitchen gardening! There is nothing better than a fresh salad with ingredients from the own garden!

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