Grow your own food
No matter how often you do a little bit of cooking, have a think about the types of things you use on a regular basis? For me it’s often cucumber, capsicum, tomato, oregano, rosemary, kaffir lime leaves, and bay leaves. That’s not all I use on a regular basis, far from it, but these are fairly easy to grow and fair well at this time of the year in suburban Melbourne, Australia.
The initial expense to get going with this kind of tiny edible garden all depends on how developed the plants you buy are. As you can imagine, the larger the plant, the more it will cost. Bags of soil suitable for pots are really cheap, usually around the AUD$3.50 mark for 25L. The large round pots were about AUD$8 and the rectangle ones were about AUD$15 (from memory). So yeah, if you considered these costs in light of how much these things cost individually at the supermarket or local grocery store, it’s probably on par in cost, potentially more or less expensive too - depending on the yield. Try not to think about this aspect of it too much though, because the satisfaction you get from looking after your own food, watching it grow, and eventually getting to eat it, is great! You can really appreciate the food you’re eating a whole lot more and know exactly where it has come from, what’s gone into it, and know that it hasn’t been hammered with any unwanted nasties such as artificial pesticides.
Give it a go. Start small. Be smart too, if you don’t want to pay for pots, you could ask around your friends or family, workplace, etc. to see if anyone has any lying around. You could use anything really, just make sure there are some holes in the base for drainage purposes.
Enjoy the process of building, maintaining, and eating! :)