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We all know that organic food/produce is healthier for the body and earth, but depending on where you live and you own personal financial situation, the cost can be overwhelming. Of course a solution to this problem is to grow your own food. To the avid gardener, this is a no brainier. But if you have a black thumb (like me) and/or very little space to garden, this could be a real challenge.
Low Impact Living has this really great article on how to start an organic garden. How to Tuesday: Organic Gardening 101 This post is pretty much an “Organic Gardening 101″ course.
If you are challenged with space, you can try growing items in pots that can rest on a small porch, balcony, deck or patio. Garden Guides offers this very complete guide to planting vegetables in pots in Guide to Container Gardening.
Sprouting is a great way to “garden” even if you don’t have any space. Sprouts are easy to grow indoors right on your kitchen counter – or anywhere in your home. You can grow them in jars, trays and even bags. Sprouts doesn’t require soil, and they are highly nutritious. Raw Art of Living/Tried Tasted and Served blog has this really interesting article on broccoli sprouts in Broccoli Sprouts, Ulcers and Stomach Cancer to name a few benefits. Sprouting Instructions can be found at Primal Seeds, Chet Day and this YouTube video on How to Grow Bean Sprouts just to name a few online resources.
Start a community garden if you don’t already have one in your neighborhood. The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) offers these great tools and instructions on starting a community garden in your area.
When you do buy…
Buy local and in season – Buying local, seasonal produce means less transit is necessary to haul in food = less cost to you consumer and lower impact on the earth.
Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) – CSA’s is a great way to support local, organic farmers, and save money. Find out what it is and how to join one at at localharvest.org.
I’ve had my own trials and errors while gardening, but with a little practice, creativity and patience, it can be done.
Does anyone have any gardening tips or money saving ideas when it comes to organic food/produce?