I recently wrote an article for the fitness website Breaking Muscle on how the home gardening athlete can go about selecting what fruits and vegetables to start growing. I tend to be hyper-economical in my life – and not necessarily in a financial sense (a few weeks ago I bought a mini-bike on a whim – which I could justify economically based on the value of awesomeness / dollar). In the article, I consider a few different elements that may influence what you decide to plant in your garden, particularly if you are new to home gardening, and how you can help get the most our of your efforts from an economical standpoint. We are all limited by time, money, space, sun, what we can eat, and how much etc. and it’s important to make these most of what we’ve got in our busy lives.
A few things I consider:
1. Plant what you eat, and what you are comfortable cooking. This will save you time, energy, and money as you will be more likely to USE what is in your garden.
2. Consider certain limitations on your garden – for example sun and space – and plant accordingly.
3. Get the most bang for you buck by planting highly nutritious fruits and vegetables, foods that are versatile when it comes to cooking, and foods that very flavorful.
When taking something on for the first time, like planting a garden, it is nice to have a framework from which to work. The article helps put parameters around what can be a somewhat daunting task – walking into a nursery and selecting from the overwhelming amount of plants to choose from.
You can check out the article here. Hopefully you enjoy the read.
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