Plant Once, Harvest Twice (Or More)


One way we can reduce cost for ourselves when it comes to food is to harvest the seeds or roots from the produce we’ve bought and use them to grow our own. While some plants will need to take a few seasons to produce, others will spring right up and keep producing and growing for years to come.

One of the easiest plants to start with is the tomato plant. You’ll get produce right away, and at just the right amount to indulge in your favorite tomato-based dishes, such as pasta, guacamole, or fried green tomatoes. Raspberries and strawberries are also popular beginner plants for new growers, as they will spring up quickly and continue to produce for as long as you care for them. Kale, lettuce and onions are also popular, fast-growing plants that require little care and give you a lot in return.

If you’re willing to put in some extra work, growing pineapple, artichoke, or rhubarb can be quite rewarding. Rhubarb is a bit picky about growing conditions, and both the pineapple and artichoke will take a few years to really settle in and start offering up their tasty produce, but it’s well worth the wait if you’re always jonesing for delicious tropical fare.

Want to learn more about these and other fruits and veggies you can grow in limited space that will keep your grocery budget down? You can check out the whole list and tips on growing each plant on Gardening Soul.