Growing at home is the most cost effective way to keep your kitchen well-stocked with fresh herbs. Aside from making your cooking tastier and healthier, growing at home in your smart garden is also much, much cheaper than buying herbs from the supermarket. Here’s some of the reasons why:
No Food Waste
When was the last time you used the entire container of herbs you bought in your weekly shopping trip? Never? Me too. The trouble is that while most recipes call for a small amount of herbs - a sprig of thyme, a few leaves of mint - the plastic shelled herbs that supermarkets sell always come loaded with far more than you need. There’s often no good way of using these up before they wilt, which means throwing away the wasted herbs along with the plastic they were bought in. Growing your own herbs means this is never an issue: you pick only as much as you need, when you need it, and won’t have to worry about anything going to waste.
Avoid Supermarket Prices
Growing your own herbs means you can save up to 5% off your weekly shopping bill. The average customer spends about $10 on herbs and microgreens during their weekly shopping trip; or, 2 packs. Across one year, this can quickly add up. Growing at home is much more cost effective than buying at the supermarket. Across one year, this $10 weekly purchase adds up to $520; while growing with the UrbiPod costs you only $98.12 per year. Currently, while the cost of living is sky-high due to Covid and other economic complications, saving this money is more important than ever.
Grow Your Own Herbal Teas
If you’ve never tried fresh-grown herbal tea, you’re missing out. Growing your own chamomile, mint, lemon balm, and so on means you can brew teas that have a delicate, fresh and vibrant flavour. This is an easy and cost effective way of brewing high quality teas.
Growing your own herbs doesn’t just save you money once: it’s an investment that gets better as time goes on. Starting off your seedlings in the UrbiPod grows them as strong as they can be; if you take the extra step to transplant these to a pot or garden bed, your herbs can keep self-perpetuating. Self-seeding herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, oregano, chives, and chamomile are all fantastic for this. They grow to maturity and spread their own seeds - meaning you have a never-ending source of fresh herbs, while saving stacks on seed packets!