Advice for green-fingered savers

3 July 2009 — 2:00 PM

Get out in the garden if you want to save cash

Consumers looking to save money, cut their grocery bills and act in a more eco-friendly manner should consider growing their own food, it has been suggested.

A spokesman for Garden Organic, a charitable organisation which specialises in researching and promoting the sector, said now is definitely the time to think about getting out in the dirt.

Phillip Turvil, knowledge development officer for the group, explained people can avoid the expense of organic produce by considering the benefits of having their own fruit and vegetable patch.

He added: "People can grow their own very cheaply - they don't have to spend a lot. They can get a bag of soil, a bag of compost, mix them together and plant a seed."

One recommended place to start for novices was courgettes, which produce a high yield for very little outlay.

Research from Dobbies Garden Centres recently revealed over 100,000 tomato plants were sold by its stores in the last two months.

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