Tuesday, May 26, 2009
That Makes Cents: Grow Your Garden
As families look for ways to cut back on their budgets, more and more are turning to gardening to save on groceries. Seven's Craig Stevens shows us how easy it is to grow your own herbs and veggies and why That Makes Cents.
WSVN -- How does your garden grow? If it doesn't yet, it's time to get growing.
Diego Alonso, Home Depot: "Anybody can do it. It's just a matter of knowing what it is you want to plant."
The folks at the Home Depot store in North Miami say you don't have to have a green thumb to start your own garden. You just need soil, water and sunlight, and you can save big bucks on herbs and vegetables by leaving them off your grocery list and growing them yourself.
First, get a drainable pot and some potting soil.
Diego Alonso: "Make a little bit of a bed in there, so when the roots start to grow you get a nice even bed of it."
Remove the plastic label, but make sure you read the directions. They will tell you how much sunlight it needs, how often to water it and how far apart to space the plants.
Diego Alonso: "Six to seven weeks, you will be able to start to see your hard work at its best."
And you will save. A box of grape tomatoes costs about $3.69 a pound. Your plant can produce pounds all summer long for less than $3. Those fresh herbs at the store can cost more than $2. For about $1 a packet, you can snip fresh ones all year long, and That Makes Cents.
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