A lot of people are starting to realize that eating food without pesticides and herbicides is the way to go. It is hard to deny, though, the fact that most organic foods are more expensive than their conventional counterparts. Sadly, some people have to go with their wallets instead of their health.
The best thing you can do, in general, to save on your grocery budget is to grow your own. And without a doubt the food that you will produce will be hundreds of times better for you than store-bought… conventional or organic.
Seven Things To Plant
If you really want to maximize savings and can only plant a small area then I recommend growing the most expensive, most pesticide-laden vegetables that you will find at the market. Here’s my list:
- Kale or Collards
- Bell Peppers
- Strawberries – bonus: these are a perennial!
This list might look familiar. That’s because it is taken from the dirty dozen list put out by the environmental working group. Not all of the above items are as expensive as others so if you were only going to grow three of these I would recommend potatoes, bell peppers, and strawberries.
Another great addition to this list is herbs. I have read that conventional cilantro is unbelievably high in all sorts of chemicals. So you might want to throw some cilantro, parsley, and basil seeds in the ground as well.
Sources For Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds
Good food starts with good soil and good seeds. Here are my favorite resources for seeds:
There are a lot of companies out there selling good seeds, but my own gardening experience with the above three has been wonderful.
Other Foods To Round Out Your Garden
The seven things listed above can really go a long way in filling up a garden and filling up your family around the dinner table. Adding things like tomatoes, carrots, garlic, onions, and a brassica such as cabbage or broccoli can really keep you and your pocketbook out of the grocery store.
Finally, if you can’t grow it yourself, consider finding a farmer’s market or a local farmer in your area. Even if they are not certified organic they often times will grow food without a drop of chemicals and skip the certification because of the expensive and bureaucratic paper work involved.