Fresh fruit and vegetables are a huge part of our diet and they can also be a big part of the budget since it isn’t typically easy to save on produce. For this reason we always try to grow at least a few things in our garden each year that take a bit of our budget – like tomatoes and potatoes. Corn is harder to grow for us, but it’s cheap and plentiful when in season and it freezes well so we buy instead of grow our own corn.
My favorite way to save from our own yard though is to strategically invest in fruit and nut trees that lend beauty to our yard and have the potential to pay us back by feeding the family and saving us money. For example – since we moved to the woods about seven years ago we’ve planted 4 pecan trees, 2 plum trees, 3 apple trees, 2 lemon trees, 3 pomegranate trees and 10 satsuma trees.
Now, it takes about seven years for pecan trees to produce so we’re hopeful that this will be our year with those, but the pomegranate tree shown here in bloom is only two years old, and the satsuma tree (they’re small, really yummy oranges with thin skins) shown in the top two pictures was just planted a few months ago and is already loaded with blooms and tiny fruit.
Do some research and find out what types of fruit and nut trees grow well in your area. Determine how long it takes for them to produce and make your purchase decisions based on which will give you the best return the quickest. If you have a small yard you might consider using miniature varieties of fruit trees, you can even grow those in pots on your patio or porch if space is really limited.
We’d love to hear about your tips for growing your own food! Please tell us about the things you like to grow in the comments below.