This Reader Grows Her Own Veggies Without Buying Seeds!
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Need more veggies?
With prices going up on everything, buying fresh vegetables in the supermarket can get pretty expensive. Plus, let’s face it – there is nothing better than eating or cooking with freshly-picked veggies and other ingredients.
This week’s Happy Friday reader Varsha knows this better than anyone! Read on to see how she’s stretching her grocery budget by growing a few of her own veggies without a separate trip to the store to buy seeds!
The last time I did this was about a month ago. I started growing bell peppers and Thai chili peppers plants! I bought bell peppers and then threw the seeds into a pot. After 1 – 2 weeks, a plant was growing nicely. Now after 4 – 5 weeks, it is almost fully grown!
We’re now waiting for chilies to grow. They will probably grow in about 1 – 2 weeks. Instead of buying seeds at the store, this is a better idea that you can do without any cost since you’re using the seeds from food you already have. Try this idea and grow your own veggies!
Thanks for sharing this awesome tip, Varsha! We can’t wait to see your veggies fully grown 🤩. We’ve had other readers in the past who have also grown their own produce, and it’s a fantastic idea. This method also made our list of ways the Hip team saves money – yes, growing your own produce can save you up to $100!
If you need a more in-depth guide, this article by Eating Well is super helpful, and you can follow these instructions in your kitchen!
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I would also suggest checking with your local library. Some have seed libraries were you can get them for free.
Awesome! Thanks for the helpful tip, MelC! 🤗❤️
Yes, I was just thinking the same thing. Our local libraries do a seed exchange program.
Yes, our library system has a plant and seed library, too.
Sounds great! Thank you for letting us!!!
I do the same thing! I have tomatoes coming out of my ears because I throw any rotten tomatoes in my little garden plot…and the next summer I have a ton of producing plants. This year, besides giving some of the produce to neighbors, I plan to try making and freezing tomato sauce!
We do the same with our vegetables. We save the seeds and plant them in pots as well as use with our Aero Garden in the empty coco pods. Save a lot on lettuce, peppers, herbs, tomatoes, etc. I also save the tops of pineapples and plant those. It is rewarding to grow your own vegetables free of pesticides and on the cheap. We also use our own vegetable and scrap compost for the plants.
That’s great to hear, beaglemom46! So many great benefits to being able to do this!
We started a Permaculture Food Forest during covid and have been trying to grow literally anything to help fix out crappy soil. I am not a fan of tomato slices, but don’t order your burger without! Just go bury the slices in your yard instead and use the new plants to make fresh pasta sauce later. Save the ends of green onions and chives and many others to plant…and watch a netflix called Kiss The Ground – it’ll change your life!!
You can also grow herbs easily from cuttings. Two years ago, garden friends let me pick as much herbs as I wanted and I thought to plant a few sprigs and they got pretty big now and keep coming back every year- lavender, sage and rosemary. Basil will work too but they’re only annuals where I live.