Have you finally decided to adopt a healthy lifestyle? Do you also think about saving a little money? Are you also excited to discover your green thumb? If yes, all you need to do is- Plan it right! It is always recommended to start with seasonal planting. A gardening calendar is the best guide to suggest which vegetables and fruits to grow and when is the best time to harvest depending on where you live. You can easily double your harvest by adopting succession planting (following one crop with another).
Effective tips for choosing cost-effective fruits and vegetables
- The multiplier effect: It is always advisable to grow plants that give multiple crops and take less time to mature. For eg. Bean seeds will give you many crops and are high yielding in nature whereas a cauliflower will take longer to mature and giving you just one pick.
- Long yields high benefits: Choose plants that offer long yield such as green leafy vegetables. Heirlooms varieties of fruits and vegetables also make sure you make the most from your limited garden space.
- Quick yields– Try to select crops that grow quickly like radishes, lettuces and spinach. Choosing wisely will always ensure you benefit by a continuous and healthy supply of fruits and vegetables.
- Minimum demand Maximum supply– Grow plants that need minimum resources to grow. Intensive farming (use of more water, fertilizers, plant growth regulators etc) always requires a great amount of time, effort and carefulness. Heirloom varieties are the best pick for fltue flavour and hardiness.
- Choice is yours –Grow vegetables which you love to eat, that are expensive to buy and easy to be stored.
Some of the best picks:
Lettuce : There is no doubt that our salad platter is just incomplete without a good portion of fresh lettuce and when it is grown in your own garden, it tastes more delicious. Go for the most basic varieties: green leafy and red leafy lettuce. They are quick to grow and are high yielding. It is also very expensive to buy so growing lettuce will not only save time but also money.
Cherry heirloom tomatoes Buying cherry tomatoes will surely burn a hole in your pocket so growing your own would be the best idea to save. Heirloom varieties are quick to grow and provide longer yields at the same time.
Climbing beans are considered great if you have limited space. They are also capable of giving multiple crops.
Herbs There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying the fresh flavours of herbs without spending much for every bunch. Space constraint can never be a problem in case of growing herbs. They are best grown in a container because of their prolific nature. They are the easiest plants to grow. Parsley, rosemary, mint, sage are some of the good options to grow.
Stone fruits What could be more delicious than juicy stone fruits plucked straight from your own garden? Stone fruits are the perfect pick for your home garden. Peaches, apricot, plums, nectarines, almonds and all stone fruits have somewhat similar needs. But they require careful attention in relation to watering, feeding and pruning. A right climate and those extra little efforts can do wonders.
Citrus : The most crucial factor to keep in mind while planting citrus is to plant it high. Choosing the right sunny spot, using sandy-loam type soil, digging a wide and deep hole, perfect pruning, plenty of water, good quantity of citrus fertilizers and consistent care are all you need to keep your plants happy.
Pome fruits Pears, apple and quinces are the best candidates for your home garden but growing and taking care of them requires a great deal of attention. You need to have complete knowledge about the pest management that these crops require. Variety selection, planting, nutritional requirements, watering, pruning and pest management are some crucial steps in order to enjoy the high quality fruits.
Vines People have the wrong notion that only wineries can grow grapes but it can be done by anyone who knows the basics of growing grapes. The right climate and right type of soil are essential as is a good mulch to maintain the grapevine roots and keep out most of the weeds.
Kiwifruits thrive in a moist but well-drained area with proper sun shade. Kiwi roots are very sensitive so over-fertilisation should be avoided. Late fall or early spring is considered the best time for pruning kiwi vines. Caterpillar and sap feeding insects are some of the hindrances in growing a quality kiwifruit.
Subtropical Evergreens These include custard apple and avocado. A shady frost-free site, good amount of soil, quality fertilizers, right drainage system and utmost care are some requirements which need to be fulfilled.
The Mediterranean Some comprising of fig, olive, pomegranate and mulberry. These fruits are rich in antioxidants and offer numerous health benefits. Plenty of sun shine and varied soil are the key to success.
Berries Black currant, red currant, blueberries, gooseberries are best grown in a cool climate. But these days, many other varieties are available which perform well in warm conditions. Berries are easy to grow and naturally-resistant to diseases.
If you have small yard or no-space at all and you really want to enjoy the benefits of a home garden- A no- digging garden is a saver. It is made by creating a raised garden bed with the help of straw, newspapers, fertilizers and compost. Always choose those plants which provide multiple crops from the same plants.
If you are determined to have a healthy lifestyle, you always find a way to achieve it!
10 Easy Fruits To Grow
- Paw Paw
- Melons (Rockmelon, Honeydew, Watermelon)
- Kiwi Fruit