If you want the highest yield at a reasonable price when you plant vegetables at home, several factors must be considered. These include the market cost of the vegetables, the amount of water and fertilizers they require, and the space you have in your garden.
Here is a list of a few vegetables which are the most cost-effective to plant at home.
Growing herbs like cilantro, rosemary, and basil can be extremely cost-effective. The majority of the herbs are easy to grow and occupy very little space. Moreover, freshly picked herbs add more flavor to your food than market-purchased ones as the latter are picked at least a day or two before being transported to the market.
If you have space in your garden, consider growing potatoes. Home-grown potatoes are extremely rewarding, especially if you are growing hybrid varieties unavailable in the market.
In terms of quality and taste, home-grown tomatoes are way better than those found in stores or markets. If you live in the countryside, you are more likely to be successful at growing healthy tomatoes, which can be eaten fresh, canned, and/or be used to make sauces.
When growing beans, make sure you purchase varieties that have long harvest seasons, and that you keep them picked, so you have more yield. Based on the amount of space you have in your garden, you can either grow bush beans (require less space) and/or pole beans (produce more yield but require more room).
Zucchini and Other Summer Squash
Zucchini is one of the most cost-effective vegetables to grow at home. A single plant can give you loads of zucchinis. Moreover, zucchini is an extremely versatile vegetable. Its young fruits can be used in salads, soups, and stir-fries. Full-grown zucchini can be sliced or chopped and added to casseroles and many other dishes. A few other types of summer squash are also cost-effective.
Purchasing good quality broccoli at markets is expensive. To get the most out of your broccoli plants at home, grow varieties that produce loads of side shoots after the harvesting of the central head. Chopped broccoli, with its tough skin peeled off, makes for a healthy addition to stir-fries and soups. Don’t miss using the stalks under the florets.
Grow these vegetables to get the most bang for your buck!