We're all looking for ways to slash bills without sacrificing too much, and many Americans are turning to gardening as a way to save money on groceries while eating fresh produce. Besides the cost-effective factor, growing your own herbs and vegetables is an eco-friendly habit. According to Mike Metallo, spokesman for the National Gardening Association, "a $70 investment in a garden will yield $600 in produce for the year." Turn gardening into a hobby by getting others involved in the process from planting to picking.
While I would love to have a garden to call my own, my tiny city apartment on the sixth floor restricts my hope of having anything that grows outside. That doesn't mean I can't participate in the revitalized trend of homegrown produce; it just means I won't be saving $600 a year on the limited range of goodies I can grow from my kitchen. I've rounded up some cool gadgets that allow apartment dwellers to channel their green thumbs and enjoy fresh herbs or tomatoes.