For the last two years, people have been getting closer to nature. We have the pandemic to thank for that. Along with a lot of building projects during lockdown came a lot of gardens. People flocked to the store to purchase seeds and began to grow their own food at home. While it has died down today, it is still worth doing. Have you considered grocery gardening?
What is Grocery Gardening?
For me, grocery gardening means less reliance on the grocery store to get all of your foods. Instead, you can grow some of the very produce you love right at home. It’s a project that gets you closer to nature and closer to your food. You no longer have to worry about what kinds of soil, pesticides, or modifications have been made to things you want to eat. Instead, you can control those factors.
What Can You Grow?
You can grow almost any fruit or vegetable you want, but be sure the plants your choose can grow in your hardiness zone. I love to grow all kinds of things. My favorite plants to grow are ground cherries, cabbage, kale, tomatoes, and tomatillos. I grow them at home and at my job. My boyfriend grows a lot of herbs including basil, peppermint, lemon balm, and sage. I routinely plant an assortment of melons, strawberries, and blackberries. The choices are endless when you grow your food.
Where Do You Buy Seeds?
After you figure out what grows best in your hardiness zone, its time to pick up seeds. You can find seeds almost anywhere. You can pick some up at your local grocery store many times. Pick them up 2/$1 at Dollar Tree. If you’re looking for a more specialized selection, I love MIgardener. They have a small selection of $1 seeds, but most packets are $2. If you want rare seed varieties, you can check out Baker Creek.
While I still shop at the grocery store for my staples, I love to grow my grocery garden. Will you try it?