I love growing my own plants that yield a harvest and are cheap. If you are a frugal person and want easy foods to grow, I’ve got the top ones for you.
Growing your own food is rewarding and can be frustrating. For me, the worst part was spending $5 on a plant to have it die. Now I always start with seeds and instead spend $3 for more than five plants.
I also keep an eye out after the summer for seeds to go on clearance. I store the seeds in a cool dark place and use them the following spring.
This past year check out the haul I got on seeds at Dollar general in the video below.
We have to start off with Tomatoes.
The best part is you only need one plant to easily produce a harvest of 10-20 pounds. When you grow a few more you will have plenty to can and use throughout the year.
When I first started gardening, I heard many people say don’t use seeds for tomatoes. Buy at your local nursery. Well, I’ve been growing my own tomatoes from seeds for the last four years and have had great success.
I like to can my tomatoes and try to grow 20 tomato plants each year. My budget also likes seeds. As long as you are taking good care of your seedlings I haven’t had any issues with my tomato plants starting from seedlings.
I’ve been growing my own tomato plants from seeds for the last ten years and think it’s one of the easiest plants to grow in your garden.
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Oh buddy these are so much fun to grow. They are pretty much fail-proof. I can say that because gardening doesn’t come naturally to me and it has been a try it and learns process, and I know it is for all gardeners.
But green onions make Taco dip so much better, and adding them to almost every dish throughout the summer is a blast.
This is one that will give you plenty and you don’t even have to use the entire seed packet. That means you can use that seed packet again next year.
I haven’t had an issue with using half a packet the next year. As long as you store your seeds a cool dark place you should be able to have success with them the following year.
This is one of those plants I think are great for frugal folks because they will come back. When we first started doing a vegetable garden, we let a lady convince us at the greenhouse to spend $35 on a hanging strawberry plant.
She made the idea of bringing it into our shed in the winter so easy and fail-proof.
Well, she forgot to mention how much more CARE it needs in a pot, to begin with. When you plant strawberries in the ground, they are pretty easy to grow.
I’m not a fan of things in pots because they dry out so fast. If you don’t have a lot of time to tend to plants daily take those hanging baskets and put them on the ground.
Pumpkins are easy to grow directly in your garden. There is no need to start pumpkin seeds inside first. Grow these beauties near the compost pile and you won’t have to do much but a little watering. T
hey spread and will produce a lot. Our pigs are experts at growing these.
Every year we plant our pumpkins in and around the compost pile. As a bonus, you may even get extra seedlings popping up from past years. Pumpkins also love cooler weather which is why growing these in upstate NY works so well.
From the fall time when we give our pigs lots of squash from the gardens, they start to sprout all on their own the following season.
We store our pumpkins in the basement for a few months after harvesting.
I love growing butter lettuce. It’s one of the easiest vegetables to grow. You can throw more seeds in throughout the season. It’s nice to have lettuce on hand for a quick sandwich or your cute little bunnies.
You don’t have to grow butter lettuce, almost all varieties are easy to grow. Grow the ones you know your family will eat- for us it’s romaine. I found in the past that the kids don’t like any of the varieties that aren’t crispy.
I love growing swiss chard and think it’s fairly easy to grow, but I was the only one eating it. I’ve now switched to mostly romaine and spinach.
When you are growing lettuce and it’s during the hot summer months watch out for it going to seed. It’s important to keep up with cutting your lettuce down. All you need to do is get your scissors or a sharp knife and slice the lettuce near the base of the root.
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I love growing carrots from seeds. Carrots are a great root vegetable to grow from seed. They do take a little longer to mature than some of the other crops on this list, but they are worth the wait.
I tried the seed tape and it worked well, BUT they cost more. The key to growing carrots from seeds is to really thin them out.
Otherwise, you get short and funky-looking carrots. Which isn’t terrible BUT it’s not ideal. This one is fun for the kids too. They eagerly wait for the tops to flop over and yank up those carrots. I admit I love it too.
So thin them out and don’t be shy. It gets easier as time goes on.
Radishes are one of the quickest growing vegetables, so they are perfect for those who want instant gratification. This is one I always have grown in the garden but I don’t find used much.
Any new ways to use these up leave me a comment. We would slice up and put in salads but never enough to make it worth it. I do give them to the pigs and that’s fine.
Radishes are an easy food to grow. One year I dropped seeds into my window boxes and they grew! The tops are kind of pretty and can work for greenery. So you may want to get creative with these and plant them all over.
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If you’re looking for a fun and affordable way to add some new vegetables to your diet, give growing your own food from seeds a try!
Beets are another root vegetable that is easy to grow from seed. They have a long growing season, so you will need to be patient. But the end result is worth it, especially if you pickle them.
Cucumbers are a refreshing addition to any meal and they are easy to grow from seed. You can sow the seeds directly in your garden or start them indoors. I like to start mine indoors.
If you are worried about space I started using these tomatoe twists in the garden for cucumbers. They work well especially if you don’t have anything else for the plants to climb up.
Peas are a cool-weather crop, so they are perfect for those who want to get an early start. Sow the seeds directly in your garden as soon as the ground can be worked.
Eggplants are a delicious and nutritious addition to your garden. They do best when started indoors and then transplanted into your garden.
I love growing these because they are simple and look beautiful! The only downside is if you grow to many the farm animals seem to pass on these.
At least none of the pigs, goats, sheep, or chickens liked them. If that happens and you have too many like I did last year, you can freeze eggplant parm for dinners in the winter.
Potatoes are a great crop to grow, both for their nutritional value and because they are easy to grow from seed. You can plant these in the spring as well. If you don’t have space in the garden these are easy to grow in a big bucket.
Corn is a classic crop that is easy to grow from seed. Sow the seeds directly in your garden when the soil is warm. You will need to space your corn plants out, so make sure you have enough room.
These easy-to-grow foods are perfect for beginners, and with just a little bit of space in your garden or on your windowsill, you can be harvesting fresh produce all summer long. So what are you waiting for?
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