This post is part of a 30 days series called the 30 steps program to financial independence. You can check the list of other posts here.
On the same line as performing maintenance on your vehicle, growing a garden is pretty easy, can save you money, help you eat healthier and be a super cheap hobby.
So where to start? I’m not really experienced with gardening, I have mainly obeyed directives from friends and family when helping them out with their gardens.
I would love to have a small patch of land when I buy my house, to grow vegetables. I would start with a mix of the basics I eat the most, like potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, garlic, onions and carrots, and then add the vegetables that are quite expensive to buy, like asparagus, leek and the like. I often skip the purchase because of the price and really would enjoy having a big batch of it.
I would also look for ways to prepare big quantities, like preserving and freezing them to eat some for the rest of the year. In the countryside where my grandparents live, I remember times when we would eat the same vegetables over and over again at harvest time, it gets boring!
So with a deep freezer, and cans of tomato sauce and pickled vegetables, I would have a diverse diet all year. My costs to run a garden would pretty much be the same as buying from the supermarket a lower quality produce. And on the plus side, I wouldn’t suffer the price ups and down when there is a shortage of a specific vegetable.
My garden is still at the dream stage, but I think it is a very real project that I will start soon, on my way to financial independence.