Recession Gardening to Save Money

I recently discovered a practice that I’d never heard of before – recession gardening. Instead of heading to the grocery store for your veggies and herbs, you can head out to the back yard!

What is recession gardening?

This is the practice of growing fruit, veggies and herbs in your very own garden. This practice is becoming more and more in vogue, as people are trying to spend less, and are more conscious of how their produce is grown and distributed.

Recession Gardening Benefits

  • Delicious, fresh food
  • You know exactly what’s going into the food (organically grown, no pesticides, etc)
  • Helpful to the environment

Recession Gardening Disadvantages

  • Can be time-consuming
  • High start-up cost if you don’t yet have equipment and tools
  • You need to be green-fingered!

How to get started

To start your own home-grown produce garden, you can either start with seeds, seedlings, or fully grown plants. The latter will be the most expensive for an initial purchase, and seeds tend to be the cheapest. This makes sense, as you are the one going to be doing all the work on growing the plants, and they’re priced accordingly.

You’ll also need some tools (trowel, watering can, shears, fork), if you don’t already have them. A trowel, watering can, fork, or even hedge shears by Fiskars are all important to have in your own tool shed. You can pick up some basic gardening tools for a few dollars at your local hardware stores.

You may also need things like pots and containers, but that depends on what you’re going to be growing. Plus, you can always start out by growing seedlings in old yoghurt pots, plastic food containers, etc.

What to grow

What produce you can grow may depend on where you live, the climate, the soil type, etc. Do a bit of googling, or ask for advice at your local garden store. Some ideas of things to grow:

  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Green beans
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Parsley
  • Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus

The list is almost endless, but those items above are a few of the most common items you may find in a home-grown garden.

Gardening tips

You recession garden may take a lot of care and attention. There are books and books dedicated to gardening tips, but here are a few pointers with the recession garden in mind:

  • Start out small if you’re new to gardening, learn as you go
  • Plan ahead – what goes where, especially if you’re short on space
  • Trade – if neighbours are also growing, specialise in certain crops and trade with friends

Conclusion

With this sustainable practice, you’ve got to take a long-term view. You’re not going to get a full crop and a wide range of veggies within the first year. It may take a few years to build up a good stock of produce, and you’ll also be learning as you go along. Costs may be higher in the first year, but over time you will be saving a lot of money, as you no longer have to buy many of these fresh items from the grocery store. Plus, there’s the added pride in being able to eat something delicious that you’ve grown yourself, with the power of your own two hands.

Do you grow your own veg? Got any more tips to share?

Today’s article written by Anna, owner of Bargainmoose.ca. Bargainmoose is a Canadian deals website where you can find the latest shopping bargains and online coupon codes, helping Canadians save lots of loonies every day!

 

Looking for a Job after University

job after universityThe job market looks a little tough right now. If you want to find employment after you graduate from university, you need to stand out. This means that you need to showcase your value — and you might even need to be willing to do a little hard work for little to no money. If you are looking for a job after university, here are some things you can do to improve your chances:

Internship

One of the best things you can do while still at university is to participate in an internship. An internship can provide you with hands-on experience in a career, as well as help you make contacts that could be part of your career network later. An internship can provide you with skills, opportunities, and more. Even doing an internship after college can be helpful. The important thing is that you are gaining experience, and that you are making connections.

Clean Up Your Social Media Profiles

Increasingly, your social media profile is becoming part of your job search. So you have questionable information and images on your profile? While you do want to make sure appropriate privacy settings are observed, you should still be aware of how it’s possible for others to see what is posted. Remember to tone it down on social media. It’s also possible to create a social media profile on sites like LinkedIn that are aimed at professionals.

Realize, too, that what you post on social media can show up in search. So including key words about what you do, and posting about news in your desired industry, can help you get noticed by recruiters. It can also help you stand out if a company decides to search for you online after receiving your resume. Consistent social media profiles that show you as a professional can be helpful.

Part of cleaning up your social media profile is getting a professional email address. Your first and last name, or some variation, is always a safe choice. If you are still using BeerBong69 as your email address, you are likely to find yourself in the reject pile when you are looking for a job after university.

Attend Networking Events

Many university career centers hold networking events that can introduce you to alumni in various career fields. Take advantage of these events, and of other opportunities offered through your university career center. You can also attend networking events in your town, such as those put on by the local Chamber of Commerce or other business group, or attend conferences in your industry. These are opportunities to make connections and meet new people.

Another form of networking is to use the Internet. Identify people at companies you would like to work for, and then connect with them online. Start out by following them on social media outlets, and then occasionally re-posting what they say when it makes sense in terms of your industry. You don’t want to be heavy-handed about it, but you can get noticed if you are careful about it. The goal should be relationship-building, though.

Bottom Line

A lot of successful job hunting has to do with building relationships and making connections. If you can start doing that while you’re at university, and make an effort to engage people online and offline, you will have more success in the hunt for a job after university. It is also a good idea to attain a highly marketable and recognized credential from a reputable university before beginning your job hunt. The more marketable your degree, the better luck you will have with your job hunt. Remember that some degrees are more adaptable than others are, so earning a degree that can be applied to multiple industries could also maximize your chances of finding employment. Many universities provide you with access to a network on well-connected alumni and experts in the industry during your time there, which can also improve your job prospects.

Any other ideas on how to land a job after university?

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