Plant an edible garden.
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Plant an Edible Garden, Save $800
If the task of establishing a patch of delicious produce seems daunting, consider this: For every $1 you put toward your edible garden (including bags of compost, soil, pots, water, organic fertilizers, cages, netting, seeds, seedlings, etc.), you'll get an average of $9 back in produce.

Try this garden mixture:
  • Arugula: With $1 and 5 square feet, you can grow 10 pounds, worth $40.
  • Basil: With 50 cents and 5 square feet, you can grow 4 pounds, worth $20.
  • Beets: With $2 and 5 square feet, you can grow 40 plants, worth $40.
  • Bell peppers: With $3 and 10 square feet, you can grow 20 pounds, worth $40.
  • Butternut squash: With 50 cents and 5 square feet, you can grow 10 plants, worth $20.
  • Chard: With $1.50 and 10 square feet, you can grow 25 pounds, worth $50.
  • Green beans: With 50 cents and 15 square feet, you can grow 10 pounds, worth $20.
  • Spinach: With $20 and 10 square feet, you can grow 30 pounds, worth $90.
  • Strawberries: With $10 and 45 square feet, you can grow 25 pints, worth $50.
  • Tomatoes: With $3 and 15 square feet, you can grow 100 pounds, worth $320.
  • Turnips: With $2 and 5 square feet, you can grow 40 bulbs, worth $20.
  • Yellow squash: With $3 and 10 square feet, you can grow 20 pounds, worth $40.
  • Zucchini: With $3 and 10 square feet, you can grow 25 pounds, worth $50.
By spending $36 and using 150 square feet, you'll grow $800 worth of fresh vegetables!

Starting a garden? Check what kinds of plants grow in your area.

If you don't have the space in which to plant your own potager, join a community garden, where you can grow your own seasonal produce for next to nothing and strengthen your neighborhood's sense of community. Check out CommunityGarden.org to find the one closest to you.

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