If you’re looking to save money on groceries or wanting to take steps to a greener lifestyle, consider planting a home garden. With a little planning, your garden can provide many benefits:
- Seeds cost much less than fresh produce
- Shopping in your own backyard saves a trip to the store
- Growing your own reduces the impact of produce shipped around the world
- Home gardeners can control the amount of pesticides used
- Children are more likely to try a new veggie if they planted and grew it themselves
Step 1 – What do I plant?
According to the Texas A&M Horticulture Guide, Ft. Worth is in Region 3. You can check their list of what is best to plant in the spring and fall. What you plant depends on your taste. Grow what you like and it will become a labor of love.
April 18th – 24th, all vegetable, herb, and flower seed packets are Buy One Get One Free at Home Depot. At Lowe’s, the NK seed packets and Bonnie herbs and plants are Buy One Get One Free from April 20th – 26th. There are five Home Depot locations and four Lowe’s locations in Ft. Worth.
Step 2 – Where do I plant?
You can either designate an area of your backyard, a planter on your porch or patio, or a window box. The amount of space you have for a garden will also determine what you plant. Vine plants like squash require much more room than tomatoes. Herbs grow quite well in a window box, just make sure they have plenty of sunlight.
Step 3 – What now?
The seeds you choose will have an estimated growing time listed on the back. Mark the planting date on your calendar and then the dates which you should be able to see sprouts and when you may harvest. This will vary a bit, but is a good guide to follow when you’re waiting. Remember to follow the watering, sunlight, and thinning instructions on the packet as well.
Step 4 – What else can I do?
Check out the urban gardening movement at Kraft! They’ve got lots of information for beginning gardeners including how to start your own farm, a crop guide, and recipes using the produce you can grow. To get you started, Kraft is putting basil and dill seeds in specially-marked boxes of Triscuit crackers. These are easy starters that can be done indoors or out.