Top 10 Money Saving Crops

Top 10 Money Saving Crops

[Music] There are many, many compelling reasons
to grow more of your own food, but saving money tops the list for many of us. When cash is tight, growing your own nutritious fruits
and vegetables is an empowering and rewarding way to make precious budgets go that little bit further. But what are the highest value crops you can grow
to save you the most money? We’ve whittled down the list to 10
must-grow favorites – and here they are. Packets of leafy herbs cost a small
fortune in the shops because they are hard to store
and don’t travel well. But gardeners don’t have to worry about any of that. We can grow the likes of basil, parsley and cilantro
(coriander) to harvest fresh as needed. Leafy herbs take up very little room, grow profusely and,
with more herbs on hand to liven up mealtimes, they go a long way to ramping
up the tastiness of your cooking. Cut-and-come-again salad leaves, including all
types of loose leaf lettuce, are incredibly compact and, when harvested
little and often, a single sowing should continue to produce fresh leaves for months. Expect an abundance of high-value leaves from even just a few containers. For best results grow salad leaves as individual plants
with clear space around them so they have all the sunlight and airflow
they need to thrive for longer. Quick-growing salad toppers such as radishes,
baby beets and scallions (spring onions) offer prized pickings for the cost-conscious gardener, reaching harvest point in as little as four weeks. Make repeat showings as you
harvest throughout the growing season and a single patch of land can yield a
surprising weight of fresh produce. You can even grow them in gaps between slower-
maturing crops so they don’t take up extra space. Beans are the epitome of plenty, and once they
start cropping will continue to produce their pods in abundance all summer long, so long as you keep on picking. Beans are healthy, filling, and high in plant protein,
making them a very valuable crop. Train them up trellising or
against a traditional A-frame support . For the most striking effect however, it’s hard
to beat a handsome teepee made from bamboo canes. Plan now for a stunning display. Start seedlings off under cover in late spring,
then plant one or two per cane . Picking commences just a few weeks later. Like beans, fruiting vegetables that climb or that can be
trained to grow vertically will produce a lot from a relatively small area. Tomatoes and cucumbers fit into this category, promising heavy harvests of
flavorsome fruits from just a few plants. Give them the sunniest spot you
can find, and feed plants regularly to boost both yield and taste. Pick varieties suited to your climate, and be
prepared to keep plants well-watered in hot weather. Whereas onions are cheap to buy
and take up quite a lot of space, garlic is relatively costly, yet efficient on space. Softneck varieties of garlic store really well too, making this crop ideal for spacing out the usefulness of a single harvest. In most climates garlic is done by midsummer,
leaving plenty of time to grow a follow-on crop that will bring further homegrown value
to the dinner plate later on in the season. Celery’s a base ingredient to many
soups, stews and salads, but it makes our list thanks to its compact shape and the
fact you can harvest it one stem at a time, meaning none of the waste associated
with purchasing whole heads of celery. Self-blanching varieties are the easiest to grow. Start plants off in plug trays then transplant them,
leaving about 8in (20cm) between plants each way. Water well in dry weather, and
get ready for a superbly intense flavor . Zucchini (courgette) is infamous
for its heavy-cropping habit. Its versatility in the kitchen –
used in everything from stir fries to cakes – makes this one vegetable worth making room for. Grow it in soil that’s been enriched
with lots of well-rotted organic matter and you should enjoy a
steady stream of fruits all summer long. Try growing companion plants such as
marigolds nearby to attract more pollinators to ensure better pollination, and even more fruits. Soft fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and
blueberries require careful handling and packaging to keep them blemish free,
which makes them pretty pricey. Grow these fuss-free fruits yourself though,
and you can save the pennies while enjoying some of the
tastiest fruits you’ll ever experience. Pick fruits fresh, gently warmed by the sun, and
enjoy immediately for a heavenly, indulgent experience. Freeze any excess,
or turn them into jams or jellies. Leafy greens such as chard and kale can give a
steady supply of leaves for many months, making them very hard working vegetables. While we’re always being told to eat our greens, sourcing
field-fresh greens, without the wilt, isn’t easy. But grow them yourself and you’ll always be sure
of fresh leaves to twist off and enjoy. steamed, stewed or blitzed up into your
morning smoothie. [Music] This is by no means a definitive list, and it goes without saying you should concentrate on
those fruits and vegetables that you enjoy eating. But get smart and start swapping out expensive
buys with delicious garden-grown replacements Look for crops that make the most of the
space you have, that crop prolifically, or that have a superior taste you simply can’t
find in the stores without paying over the odds for. Thanks for watching, and please click that
subscribe button before you leave us today. I’ll catch you next time. [Music]


  1. James Goacher says:

    Timely post thank you.

  2. Chris and Angela Karing says:

    I'm growing each one you mentioned this year…and then some! I can't wait to get outside and get sowing in the garden!!

  3. Ingelore Grimmling says:

    Wieder ein informatives Video 👍

  4. Jo Johnston says:

    Great list! Grow what you really like to eat is a thrifty tip! Thanks!

  5. Andrew James says:

    Really informative video – many thanks 🙂

  6. blakpuddincs says:

    Potatoes are a must too, I harvested 2 sacks worth from 5 rows at my allotment (10 seeds a row). Those 2 sacks lasted my family from September until last week!!

  7. Andrew M says:

    Ah, celery, how do I love thee. I accidentally let some go to seed (very pretty lacy flowers the butterflies love) and collected it for my spice cupboard (whack it on a sheet when the flowers dry), now I have celery volunteers everywhere stray seeds bounced and rolled – makes a very attractive filler plant that I clip when still very small to flavor soups or let grow for its stalks. Now if I could only grow cream cheese to go with it…

  8. Mj K says:

    Great episode!

  9. Ala D says:

    Excellent video! I'm going to follow every tip😊

  10. Kamil Olczak says:

    Szkoda tylko, że ten program jest bardzo drogi…

  11. Karen Stapleton says:

    Can you grow them all in the same bed

  12. Pat Neff says:

    Here, in the U.S., most of your "money savers" are also some of the "worst" at testing highest for the absorption of pesticides. That means I can grow my own and know I am eating less pesticide than if I bought them from a commercial producer (such as the local big box grocery store or chain store). I am going to adjust my garden area to grow specifically the vegetables that we really, really do eat a lot of and are known to test high in pesticide absorption: Kale/Collards, Lettuce, Blueberries, Potatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers, Grapes, Peaches, Strawberries, Celery, and Apples are on most of the various "lists" out about this topic. I am trying to get away from growing "trendy' things that are "cool" to grow and really focus on what I use the most in a given year.

  13. Gail Thornbury says:

    Oh it seems so looooong until spring. Can’t wait.

  14. Lewis Gardener says:

    My garden is full of slugs, they have eaten all my winter greens, we find them in our fennel as well, last year they burrowed into all our potatoes, when we dug them up there were at least three in each tuber. It makes you wonder if it’s all worth it lol.

  15. KawiLover250 says:

    I agree, it is so rewarding to grow your own fresh crops! In case anyone needs the list:

    1. Leafy herbs
    2. Salad leaves
    3. Salad toppers (radish, scallions, etc.)
    4. Beans
    5. Fruiting veg (tomato, cucumber)
    6. Garlic
    7. Celery
    8. Zucchini
    9. Soft fruits (strawberries, blueberries, etc)
    10. Leafy greens (chard, kale, etc)

  16. Wandering Tall Guy says:

    Great video. U forgot Cannabis btw. 1 gram is capable to cost 15 euro. Incredibile!!!!

  17. Gardening with John says:

    I agree with you, I grow most of the things you have in this video at my allotment, plus you control, and know, whats in your food, you can't beat it.

  18. Haze1434 says:

    Thank you. Been using your Garden Planner for 6+ months now, very useful!

  19. Precious Metal Head says:

    These are the best commercials I’ve ever seen. Brilliant! I get excited when there’s a new one.

  20. Matthew Groff says:

    Where I live we have Wild Raspberries growing everywhere!! Each year we grow: Radishes, Tomatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers, and Zucchini. Some years we will grow: Bush Beans, Cucumbers, and Onions. We did try growing Strawberries, the first year we grew 4 plants 1 died the first year, the next year we added 14 more, then the weeds overgrew them all. I do not know if I will try Strawberries again this year or wait until next year to try them again. Once every few years we will grow Sweat Corn, Potatoes, Watermelon, and Cantelope if we have the time and our rototiller works.

  21. Kristina Horacek says:

    What is the scale of your illustration? It looks like your beds are 7×15? What does one square represent?

  22. Belinda Domingo says:

    Great list!

  23. Helena Hatzman says:

    Happy New Year!

  24. Kevin U.K. says:

    Ah, we're back to sensible. Thank goodness no Blue Peter Homework this week… eggshells etc. Great video thanks.

  25. L B says:

    What variety are your green beans with the red blossoms?

  26. Andrew James says:

    I'd love for you to make a video about growing celery from seed to harvest

  27. E.L. Bl/Du says:

    we have a very small yard, with scattered "full" sun spots. However, every one of these plants thrives w/ limited sun. Im able to can up 35-40 jars of pasta sauce, 75 jars salsa, 24 relish, 12 Catsup, and I freeze the tomato soup, greenbeans, broccoli. cauliflower, and peppers. We get our onions/garlic to last till about March, they store best when braided and hung, at the ready in the kitchen. The potatoes are too tasty to save, they get eaten straight away. I dry the celery tops/ cilantro, parsley in the dehydrator, its great to add to soup, stews, beans and casseroles. I get so many new and great ideas from your videos, it keeps me motivated during these cold months, while mulling over next yrs seeds and getting the seed room ready again. Growing our own saves all kinds of money. Thanks for all your great info, and wishing you all the best for 2020 .

  28. Linda Casey says:


  29. J H says:

    Sweet peppers,garlic,toms,kale,rasps,blueberries,strawbs,elephant garlic,blackcurrants and gooseberries are my 10. 😊

  30. J Steciak says:

    Another way to add value is by planting crops used in expensive foods. Basil for pesto (freezes well) and salsa (water-bath can) ingredients come to mind. Organic versions of these in the grocery store are $$$.

    Instead of celery, we plant cutting celery, a celery-flavored parsley. The flavorful leaves dry well and get crumbled into soup, egg salad, etc. all winter. We chop, dry and pulverize the fibrous green leaves of leeks for a similar purpose.

    We grow stevia in pots (and overwinter the pots indoors) for a supply of sweetener. Just crumble one dried leaf into a cup of tea.

    We totally agree about the value of berries and herbs.

    Finally, consider flowers that dry well (strawflowers, statice, pearly everlasting, immortelle, baby's breath, Chinese lanterns, to name a few). No, you do not eat these. Instead, make a supply of almost-free bouquets and wreaths to use for gifts (thank-you's, birthdays, get-well, hostess, etc.) that are unique and always appreciated.

  31. skashax777x says:

    For new gardeners the No1 top tip is grow what you like, and don’t grow anything you don’t like, 2nd top tip is grow what’s most expensive,
    So fruits like blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb and strawberries are expensive so growing your own makes them cheaper and more nutritious

  32. Bill Astell says:

    Also grow what you can preserve or keeps well into the winter

  33. homebrandrules says:

    You forgot the best one
    MARAJUANA !!!!!!!!!!!!!! $

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