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No Grocery Store, No Problem: Start Your Own Garden

I came across this super cute and relatable video about creating your own garden this week:

Grow Food: Appetite for Change


Back in college, I crashed with my ex in the Jungle, which didn’t have a nearby neighborhood.  Then, I flashed back to #ShiftCon where Ron Finley (of The Ron Finley Project) spoke about planting a garden in his side yard, you know that little strip of land between your fence and the sidewalk and I posted this:


My Garden

Start Your Own Garden | Ron Finley | AprilNoelle.comThen, I came home and really dove into my own garden. Of course, I got my start at the Dollar Tree.

Planters – $1,
Pack of seeds -$.25
All of the tools, yep, just $1

Luckily, my husband bought in too. He recycled the bottles and other plastic containers we use in the house to germinate the seeds. We started with bell peppers and basil.

We started with bell peppers, watermelon, thyme and basil. I took some of the larger plants over to my in-laws house and they didn’t do well. So we are starting all over.



I tried planting some thyme especially because my husband LOVES thyme. I’m not sure what happened or why they didn’t survive, but I couldn’t get that plant going.

But we’ve expanded to tomatoes, cucumbers, garden beans, sugar apple, soursop, okra and kale. I’ll update you in just a couple of months.

Here are 10 steps to start your own. Have you ever tried to garden? Why or why not?

43 thoughts on “No Grocery Store, No Problem: Start Your Own Garden”

  1. I have been talking about starting a garden for years now and I just don’t get it done. Growing up we had a huge garden and grew all of our vegetables and canned and froze extras for the winter and I really miss that.

  2. I’ve toyed around with the idea of starting my own garden. I think it’s a smart and cost effective idea. You can grow what you like and really experience that farm to table trend.

  3. my grandma has the very relaxing garden in our village. she spent the whole day gardening! I agree it cost less! hehe

  4. I’ve had a garden for years just for this reason. I just love fresh tasting and knowing how I grew them. Please stop by my blog to read about my garden.

  5. I started a small balcony garden last year and I’m still getting some cherry tomatoes, even now in January! Want to add more herbs this year!

  6. We’ve been talking about starting a garden forever, and it keeps just being a dream. I love that you started small and expanded versus trying everything at the beginning at potentially being overwhelmed. That’s the key, I think, start where you are, but start! I think I’ll try it this year!!

  7. We actually garden every year! This year we are growing herbs, tomatoes, and maybe a few other things. My daughter wants to grow purple potatoes.

  8. This is such a great idea, I love gardening although I had some bad luck last year when I planed tomato and pepper seedlings I bought at my son’s school fair but they never yielded anything even though I watered them daily. Dollar Tree ha great prices I will try again this year in the backyard.

  9. We tried one of those wooden box gardens in our yard of our last house. It was pretty fun as well as productive, as we grew onions, green beans, and lettuce.

    I hope yours goes well for you; it sounds like you are having fun.

  10. I love having a garden – there’s nothing quite as tasty as something you grow yourself. It forces you to be creative too – a ton of tomatoes? Make sauce! A ton of spinach? Salad or smoothies!

    I just need to figure out how to make my garden less attractive to all the woodland creatures in my backyard 😉

  11. I have had a garden before, and I absolutely loved it! I loved the planning, the prep, the weeding. All of it. I’m not in a place right there where I have space to grow things, and I feel the loss of it deeply. Someday when I own my own home, there will CERTAINLY be a garden.

  12. Such a great idea, this! I’d love to get more into gardening but unfortunately we live in a very exposed location, meaning that the salty sea air tends to kill everything off with the gales. We don’t have room for a polytunnel, so we buy from a local veg box company who do all the hard work for us.

  13. It would be so awesome to have your own veggie and herb garden at home! That’s what I’ve been aiming for for years. I have a few veggies but it’s still not up to par with my plans and goals.

  14. well i think my family is very fortunte for having a veggie garden ever since, it is from the root of my grandmom until today, my mom keeps our veggie garden!

  15. When you really think about it, growing your own garden saves you so much money down the line! And there is nothing better than freshly picked veggies and herbs in my opinion.

  16. I love gardening so much and it is quiet amazing how you have expanded your garden with so many plants all around. I am surely thinking about going for one with my husband and thanks for inspiring on the same!

  17. Where possible we should all try to grow our own veggies but alas I travel too much to make this practical. I did notice when visiting Zimbabwe, that every yard had a large garden in it & I admired how practical this was.

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