Planting Your Savings this Spring
Spring is a season full of life, new beginnings, and countless outdoor activities. This year take advantage of the warm weather savings you can uncover in your own backyard! By planting a few vegetables, you can do everything from cut grocery costs, eat healthy, and create life-long recipes for the family house to enjoy. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.
- Seedlings for the vegetable or herb plants you want to enjoy. ($10-100)
- Access to water either via a hose or water pale/spigot. ($0-15)
- An effective fertilizer of your choosing. ($10)
- Garden trowel that’s comfortable for your hands. ($5-20)
- Gloves suited for the garden that fit snug but not too much. ($5-10)
TOTAL SPEND: $30-155
It always seems like Iowa weather can turn on a dime, especially in the spring. To avoid killing any plants with an unexpected frost, ensure plants are kept indoors or in a covered space until after Mother’s Day. Typically, this weekend is the best time of the season to plant for Iowans as the last frost has officially passed.
Before putting any plants in the ground be sure to create a layout for your garden, ensuring seedlings such as watermelon and cucumbers aren’t next to one and other. (They could cross pollinate and create some unexpected results!) We love this resource from the Farmer's Almanac
to help us coordinate at home.
The following vegetables are continuously some of the most grown in the U.S. These plants are great at helping to lower the amount you purchase at the grocery store, while also providing more than enough to can, freeze, and store for later in the year as well.
- HERBS: Dill, Basil, Oregano, Cilantro, Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley.
- PEPPERS: Jalapeno, Cayenne Peppers, Banana Peppers, Anaheim Peppers, Sweet Peppers.
- TOMATOES: Cherry, Paste, and Beefsteak.
- CUCUMBERS: Pickling and Slicing.
- GREENS: Swiss Chard, Spinach, Lettuce, Broccoli, and Kale.
- ROOT VEGETABLES: Carrots and Onions
- PEAS: Snap and Snow
- BEANS: Green and Dry
- EGGPLANT: Classic and Asian
Using a combination of the vegetables listed above you can create other by-products that can be stored for use throughout the year when done properly. Here are a few different examples, and the typical cost you may find when purchasing their alternative grocery store counterparts.
- SALSA – Tomatoes, Onions, Hot Peppers, Cilantro. (Commonly $3.50)
- MARINARA – Tomatoes, Onions, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Carrots. (Commonly $4.25)
- DICED TOMATOES/CHILES – Tomatoes, Jalapenos (Commonly $1.50)
- PICKLES – Cucumbers, Dill, Hot Peppers (Commonly $4.30)
- FROZEN VEGETABLE MEDLEY – Carrots, Beans, Peppers, Peas (Commonly $2.50)
- ONION JAM – Onions (Commonly $5.25)
- FROZEN SAUTEED SPINACH – Spinach (Commonly $2.00)
- FROZEN PEAS/BEANS – Beans or Peas (Commonly $2.00)
Other garden staples like lettuce, swiss chard, and eggplants are wonderful foods to enjoy fresh, giving your family some much-needed greens and protein at a fraction of the cost.
At Lincoln Savings Bank we know that your financial well-being is more than a number flashed on the screen. Through daily habits, personal passions, and loving friends who help you grow along the way, we know that anyone can sow their own garden of financial success. If you’re looking for somewhere secure to plant your savings, stop by our nearest branch
and see how we can help your financial health begin to bloom.
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