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Recession Garden Substitutes For Those Without Space

Recession Garden Substitutes For People Short on Space

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.

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andrennabird andrennabird 8 years
I received an AeroGarden as a Christmas gift last season and I lovvve it. I can't wait to try mixing the seed pods to grow cherry tomatoes and lettuces as well!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Neat idea!
ann418 ann418 8 years
I LOVE my AeroGarden! And I thought my cats would devour it too, but they leave it alone.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
the aerogarden is pretty awesome, my mom has one. I'm trying to grow some stuff in our yard, but the weather here is so extremely hot I don't know if stuff will grow.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont have $150 bucks, plus 20 per seed pack for an aerogarden, what a horrible "substitute"
smashedpotatoe13 smashedpotatoe13 8 years
one of my teachers bought an aerogarden. works like a charm and everythings been growing rapidly. but its pretty expensive at $150.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
we have an aerogarden that really does produce some good stuff. my mom on the other hand has a full veggie garden but that's cause she has a house and land. we love it cause there's nothing better than fresh off the vine tomatoes in the summer.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I would love to do this, but my cat would eat the herbs while I wasn't looking.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I kind of wish I had an AeroGarden, but I don't want to shell out for one. I just want one for windows aren't sunny enough to grow things on the windowsill, but maybe I can rig up my own AeroGarden using a light and some pots, like stephley suggested. I have a "real" garden at my inlaws for all my other veggies, but I like fresh lettuce every day.
stephley stephley 8 years
The aero garden's cute, but pretty pricey - small pots under a good lamp work just as well! Fortunately, I have a small balcony to garden on.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Good stuff! I love my garden and I'm thankful I have the space for it.
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