In my quest to become debt free and now to pay off my mortgage, I am always looking for new ways to save money. I spend a lot of time reading personal finance blogs and websites and one thing they all seem to agree on is that one a good way to do that is to grow some of your own food.
Easier said than done; I am not a natural gardener. I was born and raised in a big city and have always lived in a flat so I don’t really have a lot of experience with “the Great Outdoors”.
I really envy people who grew up pottering in the garden with their parents or grand parents teaching them how to grow vegetables. I come from a long line of city dwellers who have no interest whatsoever in anything that involves digging.
When I moved to Bristol and I was able to buy a house with a small garden I was ecstatic. My head was full with images of beautiful, healthy, homegrown vegetables. I pictured bowls of fresh, ripe, strawberries; crisp, green, salads; bright red tomatoes bursting with flavour….
What I got was weeds…. and bugs. Not exactly what I had in mind.
It took a while but this year I decided to do something about it. I planted some tomatoes and some potatoes. The tomatoes were a complete bust but the potatoes have been a bit better.
Despite the cat not very impressed look…..
…. they went from this…..
…. to this!
I spent a good part the day digging them up and, so far, I have I have almost 30lb. I still have one lot to do and that should yield another 15lb or so.
I am aching all over but really, really happy!