Growing your own vegetables can be a great way to help the environment and also save some pennies.
Another bonus is that you can choose organic produce and won’t have to rely on supermarkets and shops to get your veg intake.
But where to start? Anglian Home Improvements has created a handy A-Z Vegetable Cheat Sheet all about the best ways to grow your own veggies.
As the price of fruit and vegetables are expected to rise by 8% after Brexit, the idea of growing your own is now better than ever. Take a look at the infographic to see how it’s done…
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The 6 most cost-effective vegetables to grow in your garden
Here are the top vegetables to grow at home if you’re looking to save some cash, according to Anglian Home Improvements.
1. Curly kale
Taking the top spot is curly kale, which is healthy, low in calories and a versatile cooking ingredient. A packet of seeds only costs £1 and it takes a speedy six weeks to grow. Comparing this to supermarket costs, it’s clear to see how growing your own is a bargain.
Not requiring much space to grow, tomatoes are ideal for smaller gardens or even balconies. Tomato plants take 12 weeks until they are ready for harvest. On top of this relatively quick growing period, the plant can produce fresh tomatoes every day for up to six years. This means you can save £52 a year based on consumers buying one box of tomatoes each week.
In third place is the ever-popular lettuce. Grow your own and save money – one seed packet will provide five months’ worth of the vegetable. Compared to supermarket costs, you’ll save on average around £40 annually.
Broccoli takes eight to 12 weeks to grow and be ready for harvest. Each plant will offer two pounds of broccoli and will save you cash.
In Britain, we eat 429g of potatoes every week, so it’s clear to see how popular they are. Grow your own potato plant and it will produce nine potatoes. The average four-packet of potatoes in a supermarket is priced at £1, whereas an average seed pack with five seeds grows 45 potatoes for as little as £1.50.
You’ll need a little patience when it comes to growing asparagus – it can take up to two years for the plant to be ready for harvest. But it’s sure to be kind to your bank balance as the asparagus plant will continue to produce the vegetable for up to 20 years.
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