I am a huge fan of gardening and its many benefits. Something is so empowering about growing your food from seed to harvest. Fruits and vegetables just seem to taste better when they are fresh off the vine or out of the ground. Also, the calorie burning that comes with gardening just can’t be beat.
I always find muscles that I had forgotten that I have and love that pruning bushes and plants is such a great stress reliever. My husband knows when I have had a hard day when he finds me outside loping away on the trees.
Another fantastic benefit of gardening is that it can be such a great grocery money saver. On herbs alone, I think I have saved hundreds of dollars over the years. To get you off and running on the savings, I have put together a list of foods that can be successfully grown from seed.
6. Cilantro-Need ideas. Take a look at 14 Dishes Great with Cilantro.
10. Dill-Here are Six Foods That Love Dill.
13. Fennel-Love the taste of licorice? This is the plant for you.
15. Lemon Balm-Definitely grow in pot, because in right climate this plant will spread like wildfire. I am speaking from experience.
16. Lemon Verbena
18. Lettuce–Varieties such as Argula, Butterhead, and Romaine are good choices.
19. Lima Beans
21. Melons-These plants do require ample space so not recommended for small gardens.
22. Mint–Always in containers. Very invasive directly in flower beds or garden.
28. Peppers-Varieties such as bell and jalapeno do well from seed.
29. Pumpkins-Need larger garden area to grow. No container gardening here.
33. Stevia–A natural sweetener
34. String Beans
36. Swiss Chard
In growing any plant from seed, you will want to be aware of what gardening zone that you live in and specific growing instructions for that zone. For United States growing zones, search the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map by zip code. For individual plant growing guides, have a look at About Home Gardening section’s Vegetables A to Z.