My Harvest Today Saved Me $11.28

Stefani Vader
2 min readJun 17, 2022
Photo by Sara Scarpa on Unsplash

Gardening is not the easiest thing to do, but for me it is so completely worth it.

This morning I wanted to get outside and see what I could harvest before the heatwave made it unbearable. There wasn’t much, and not a whole lot that goes together, but anything is better than nothing, right?

I was a bit disappointed as I brought my goodies inside. 1 tomato, 3 cucumbers, a 2lb yellow squash, 2 cups of blueberries. and six eggs from the coop. After I washed them, I just stood and stared.

What on earth could I do with this?

Here’s the thing. Had I gone to the grocery store, it would have cost me $1.92 for the cucumbers, $.99 for the tomato, $2.96 for the squash and $2.13 for the six eggs.

The tomato and blueberries went into the freezer to be saved for making spaghetti sauce and blueberry muffins. The cucumber will go to work with me for lunch for the next couple of days. The eggs will feed me and my husband breakfast tomorrow. The yellow squash will be turned into a squash casserole for my husband. Oh, if you want a recipe, this one is beyond delicious. I add hamburger meat to make it into a meal.

On top of that, I was able to cut a few flowers to bring inside to enjoy! I think this was my favorite part.

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In a time where inflation and gas prices are through the roof, saving money is important. Every single bit helps.

Will my garden sustain us through the hard times? Nope. Not even close. BUT, it will help us stretch the dollars that we do have to spend on food. Plus, that was only one day worth of harvest and the summer is just beginning. Tomorrow, I’ll go out again and see what goodies I can find.

Stefani Vader

Lover of reading and writing. Hater of retail work. Small fish in a big pond, learning as I go.