TIP 9
Grow your
own
Fresh fruit and veges can be a major cost for our grocery bills. However, it's too costly for our health not to have them. A way around this problem is to grow your own.

When starting a vege garden you need to: 
  • Scout out the garden – where in your garden can you grow? You need to think about soil and sun. 
     
  • Think about what you might want to grow. The New Zealand website 
    http://www.gardengrow.co.nz/ 
    has useful recommendations on the best times to grow a huge variety of vegetables depending on where in the country you live. It also provides an index of vegetables with detailed information on growing each. 
     
  • Talk with whānau, friends or people in your local community or marae to see what they are growing. If you can swap food you get a greater variety of fresh produce with little extra effort. It is also a great way to stay in touch!  

  • Keep in mind the amount of time and energy you want to devote to your vegetable garden. To begin with it may be a good idea to just start with one or two vegetables that are easy to grow and which you use regularly. Once you have mastered these try growing a few more. When you realise how convenient and cheap it is to grow your own you will be motivated to keep it up. 

  • If you don’t have the time, energy or space try getting involved in one of the many community gardens that are springing up. Your local council should have lists of where these are so you find one convenient to you. 
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