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Most Cost-Effective Veggies & Herbs to Grow at Home

By Holly / May 8, 2016

Growing your own vegetables can be not only cost-effective but also convenient. Being able to just walk in your own garden and pick fresh and healthy vegetables and herbs to use on your meals while also saving some money in the process it is something everyone should try experiencing, whether you are an expert in gardening or not.

Find out which are the best Cost/effective Veggies & Herbs you can grow at home.

Disclaimer: All vegetables listed are grown from seed or plants which won’t cost more than a few dollars to acquire. They will grow in the majority of soils and climate conditions and they don’t require great amounts of space. All data presented in this infographic are approximates based on real life experience.

Growing your own vegetables can be not only cost-effective, but also convenient. However some veggies are more economical to grow than others. Let's take a look at the best veggies and herbs to grow at home affordably!

1. Tomatoes (Roma, Cherry & Big Beef)

Recommended growing months: March to July
Harvest Time: 60 – 85 days
Cost / Effectiveness: A single tomato plant on average can yield up to 20 pounds of fruit
Tips & Hints: Having a supply of tomatoes for the winter months adds value, since the price of tomatoes goes up in winter.

2. Zucchini

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Recommended growing season: Early spring
Harvest Time: 50 – 60 days
Cost / Effectiveness: A single zucchini plant can produce an average of 6 to 10 pounds of fruit.
Tips & Hints: Zucchini produces the best fruit in summer. It’s best not to overplant to avoid an excess of zucchinis at harvest.

3. Lettuce

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Recommended growing season: Spring & Summer
Harvest Time: 40 – 75 days
Cost / Effectiveness: A single ($2.00 – $3.00) package of seeds can keep you supplied with fresh salad every day for approximately five months if replanted every 2 or 3 weeks.
Tips & Hints: Plant only a small amount of seeds, otherwise the unharvested mature lettuce will bolt. Use the remaining seeds for replanting throughout the growing season to ensure a steady supply of fresh greens.

4. Bell Peppers

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Recommended growing season: Late winter or early summer
Harvest Time: 70 – 90 days
Cost / Effectiveness: A single bell pepper plant can produce six peppers on the least.
Tips & Hints: Leaving some plants unpicked will make the peppers turn yellow or red and to sweeten; however these plants will produce fewer peppers.

5. Garlic

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Recommended growing season: Mid fall – early spring
Harvest Time: 7 – 8 months
Cost / Effectiveness: Planting and growing your own cloves can save you up to approximately seven times the garlic’s market value.
Tips & Hints: Be careful not to overwater the plants once they are mature to avoid losing the crop. Also, save the remaining cloves for replanting the following season.

6. Green Beans

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Recommended growing season: Mid Spring
Harvest time: 50 – 60 days
Cost / Effectiveness: A single plant can produce around 3 pounds of green beans
Tips & Hints: Harvesting early and often will guarantee the green beans are tender and tasty, while also promoting blooming, ensuring a steady supply the whole season.

7. Basil, Rosemary and Parsley herbs

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Recommended growing season: Middle to late spring
Harvest Time: 10 – 40 days
Cost / Effectiveness: Each grown herb plant can provide up to 50 times more quantity than market’s bought package.
Tips & Hints: Herbs commonly require four to six hours of sunlight per day, making them easy to grow; you can grow them in your kitchen by setting up small pots near a window that gets the required amount of sunlight.

8. Broccoli

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Recommended growing season: Spring & fall.
Harvest Time: 50 – 100 days
Cost / Effectiveness: A single plant can produce about 2 pounds of broccoli.
Tips & Hints: Broccoli can be blanched and frozen for up to one year. When watering, do not let developing heads get wet as it might ruin the crop.

Summing Up

There are other vegetables and herbs which are cost-effective to grow. But you should know that growing vegetables is about more than just saving money; growing your own vegetables and herbs means a healthier life for you and your family.

Growing your own vegetables can be not only cost-effective, but also convenient. However some veggies are more economical to grow than others. Let's take a look at the best veggies and herbs to grow at home affordably!



About the author

Holly

Thank you for reading my article! I am Holly Nunan, a mother of three daughters aged four, six and eight. I'm an Exercise Physiologist with a passion for exercise, fitness, raising healthy children and natural and alternative remedies. I have a simple mission to help each reader that comes to our website to take away one new piece of healthy information that they can immediately apply to their life. If I've helped you find that today, it's mission accomplished!