GREENSBORO, NC -- Looking to save money? Try a home garden. Burpee Seed Co. estimates for every $50 a family puts in on soil and seeds - they'll produce about $1200 dollars in veggies. But there are some plants which are a lot more cost effective than others.
When most of us start a home garden, there's not usually much space - so you have to be picky about what goes in. North Carolina Cooperative Extension says instead plant higher yield crops likes tomatoes and squash -but be ready for a bounty!
"By the end of summer it seems like people are shutting their doors and pretending they're not home because they're tired of gardens bringing them zucchini and tomatoes," said Karen Neil with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
Karen also advises planting beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, herbs, swish chard, cucumbers, lettuce and turnips.
But don't ever plant corn at home. In order to have proper pollination, it takes too many stems - and if you do invest in that, it's likely raccoons with eat your crop the night before anyway. You might also want to avoid onions and potatoes because they're cheaper to buy at the store than grow.
And if you're just starting out - Neil says you should limit your spending on the garden to about $50 - a small investment which could end up growing your savings account along with the veggies.