Planting a Winter Garden
Making the most of every season is important when you are trying to live on a budget. Each fall after the garden is done, the soil is tilled again, and my once beautifully green section of the yard is bare is a sad time. But then I remember it’s time to get the winter garden growing and if anything perks me up it’s a green plant.
This year I wanted to get in my winter garden soon because we really noticed the hit on our grocery budget right away after the garden was finished. At the moment I don’t have much extra space but since I was eager to get it going my dining room and dresser are both full of plants right now. Hey, if it works it works right? 🙂 Plus I wanted to share with you how I’m setting up my winter garden so if you weren’t sure how to put yours together, hopefully this will give you some ideas!
In my AeroGarden ULTRA LED I planted a variety of heirloom lettuce seeds. I love the AeroGarden because I can put it in my dining room which doesn’t get direct sunlight and the plants will still grow perfectly because of the Grow Lights! I love the new ULTRA LED model from AeroGardenbecause I know that even though the lights are going during the day my cost is much lower. My lettuce has been planted for about a week now and it’s growing really well. My mouth is already drooling just a bit thinking about that leafy green goodness…
*Note: AeroGardens are not available only at AeroGarden.com. The ULTRA LED is currently available at Costco.com and will be available in select Costco Warehouse (about 1/3 of them) beginning about 11/1.
Upstairs I have a dresser right next to a window and I thought that would be the perfect place to plant a few of the bigger plants. Since I don’t want to remember to self pollinate tomato and peppers plants right now I just planted a few bean and pea seeds in some containers I found on clearance at Tractor Supply. I know that they will need to have some trellis’ to grow on as they get bigger but I have a few ideas up my sleeves. Nothing growing here just yet but my germination date this summer on these plants was just 6 days so it will be here soon!
A few lettuce, bean, and pea plants may not seem like much in the scheme of things but if I can save myself from buying even $5 worth of produce each week from the grocery store through the winter, that’s over $100 saved. Plus we have fresh goodies that we can pick right here in our house and is much fresher tasting than the grocery store.
I’ll do an update again soon to share how things are growing! If you’d like to, feel free to email me ([email protected]) with pictures of your winter garden that I can include in next month’s post!
What are you going to plant this year in your winter garden?
This post is sponsored by Areogarden and Kitchen Play but any and all thoughts on products are my own.