Thrifty: Growing your own Veg #1

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This is a bit of a different post but I am so excited to tell you about my newest hobby. As most of you may be aware I am really wanting to bring more ‘lifestyle’ into my blog. I enjoy writing about beauty and fashion but would love to add abit of diversity! I enjoy the ‘outdoors’ and something I have always loved doing is gardening, so when Debt Free Direct who run the blog Making money go further asked me to prove how much money I would save by growing my own vegetables I knew I had to accept! Between now and May is the ideal time to start sowing your seeds so if any of you are interested I would urge you to start now. Wilko’s have a fantastic range, and they are super cheap too!

I chose so many vegetable seeds I’ve lost count. I chose the easy ones like tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, watercress and the ones that are a little more difficult like rhubarb, hot chillies, onions and more! I even opted for sweetcorn! I researched like crazy and have learnt so much, it is actually quite interesting; nothing like a new hobby! At this present moment which is around 10 days after sowing all of them have successfully germinated. Now the real work starts with rearing these little beauties and hopefully in a couple of months I will have a lot of veg to show you all.


How great would it be though to just go out into the garden and pick out some fresh veg. When you go into the supermarket the majority of the fruit and veg are from the other side of the world and have had so many chemicals sprayed on them to ensure they don’t go off in transit. When you think of it like that its hardly ideal. I think growing your own veg enables you to know exactly what has been put on it of anything.

I personally am always on a tight budget so organic vegetables for me are a no-no. But hopefully if/when my own vegetables grow I will have an endless supply!

Last year we had an accidental harvest, quite a funny story really. We gave the pet rabbit strawberries and tomatoes to eat and he always leaves the seeds and fast forward about a month later and we had plants! The fruit that came off them was amazing, and they didn’t need much care. The tomato plant died hover from the frost but the strawberry plant is still going strong!

You don’t have to have the biggest house/garden to grow veg, the windowsill is another great place and pots don’t take up much space either. And if you are on a really tight budget use old yoghurt containers when sowing the seeds, just make sure you poke some drainage holes on the bottom and place them on a warm surface like the washing machine. Another great tip is cover the top with cling film so the heat stays in and water when the solid goes dry, for me this was everyday, sometimes twice a day. Then once they germinate take the cover off and give them as much light as possible and then put them into bigger pots!

I will be replanting these into larger pots later on in the week and will also try and get them used to the outside temperature as that is where they will be going. I have so many good gardening accessories too from Wilko’s and will show you the set up in the next post. 

This is another great way if you are limited on space and money - the bottle tower planter!

I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully feel inspired about growing our own veg in order to save money. Let me know if you have any tips and also what you think of the idea!

*Making money go further (Debt Free Direct) provided vegetable seeds and gardening accessories in order to write up this post. All opinions are my own.

9 comments:

  1. Love this post :D I have a herb garden and loveeee it.

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  2. I have always wanted to grow my own fruit and veg but never seem to get around to it. Seeing this has made me realise I should stop putting it off and just do it! Good luck with it! x

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    1. Thank you so much! Ah yes you definitely should, now is the best time! I’m excited to see if they they grow :)

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  3. Fantastic! I hope it's a success! We did fruit & veg for a few years but I'm not able to do it now and hubby isn't really interested. For us peas were brilliant every year and also tomatoes. We did "tumbling toms" in a hanging basket type thing. They were gorgeous. I recommend planting Marigolds with the tomato plants as they are a natural pest control for toms. Haha I almost sound like I know what I'm doing...I don't!
    Looking forward to your veggie updates!x
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    1. Thank you so much for your comment Rhoda :) I planted peas too, I really hope they grow. Tumbling Toms sound great, I think those may be the ones I got too I haven’t planted them into bigger pots but will look into the hanging baskets - that sounds great!

      Ooh thanks for the tip - I love Marigolds! x

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  4. This is my latest hobby too! For the first time in my life I have a garden, and funnily enough I spent this weekend planting all sorts of herbs and veg, from rhubarb to pumpkins! I even got a mini greenhouse from Wilkinson's to help a few of them along! I can't wait to see them grow, looking forward to seeing how yours do too! x

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  5. Sounds fab! It is actually so much fun - something I didn’t think it would be. I have Rhubarb too and it is growing :) Let me know if you have a post up, would love to read it x

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  6. I've been wanting to do this for a while now. I had some free basil seeds and was trying to grow them in a teacup plant pot that was in the gardening section in Poundland, however even though I watered it enough they weren't doing anything :/. I looked for some tips online and think I have a few more ideas now, especially about the drainage holes. I'm going to purchase some bits this weekend hopefully, fingers crossed it works as I only really have the option to grow them inside as we live in a flat so don't really have a suitable outside area and our window sills are all slanted so can't even put them outside on them either :/. Tweet me if you have any tips :) @GemsGemz86.

    Gem x
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