If you’re looking to improve your financial situation or looking to become a little more frugal and have some spare time around the house, a great way thing to consider is growing fruit and veg in the garden. This isn’t going to make you a millionaire any time soon, but it will help you to keep a few extra pounds in your wallet every week, keeping you occupied and entertained whilst you maintain them and they’ll taste absolutely delicious when they’ve grown; you can’t beat freshly picked vegetables.
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Potatoes, although not counting as one of your five-a-day, are an incredibly useful vegetable to grow at home. They are low maintenance and you can expect a pretty good return on your money too, with an expected ROI of at least 300% standard barring any disasters. In order to protect against bugs and insects, a great tip is to grow mint alongside your potatoes.
Similarly to potatoes, onions also benefit from being grown alongside mint – keeping annoying onion fly at bay. Taking only a few weeks longer to grow than potatoes, onions typically provide a similar return on your investment and just need time, space and a clean area to grow nicely.
People often forget just how great it is to be sat indoors, looking out through your bi-folding patio doors and seeing a world of fruit and vegetables outside. It’s a massively underrated part of growing your own food at home!
Peas are a little tricky, but still a great thing to grow at home. The financial returns aren’t exceptional, mainly because they take up a lot of room in the garden and don’t provide huge yields, but they are absolutely delicious when fresh from their pods. If you make use of successional sowings, you’ll be able to harvest peas every week throughout spring.
Tomatoes are one of the most profitable things you can grow at home. Despite being cheap to plant and maintain, they typically produce large yields time and time again. Tomatoes are also reasonably costly in supermarkets.
Salad leaves are incredibly easy to grow at home, they take less than a month to grow and continue to grow time and time again all-year-round! In the summer months, plant outside and they’ll grow rapidly.
Beetroot and cucumber are two other items of food that you can grow easily at home in around three months or less. Each item only requires a small piece to count as one of your five-a-day, so you can get plenty of healthy goodness out of each plant!