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Save Some Green By Growing Your Own

grow your greens to save money

Green juicing is here to stay. It’s incredibly healthy, energizing, and a ridiculously convenient way of drinking a salad (or more) a day. Not to mention – it’s delicious!

But unfortunately, buying greens is not as beneficial for your wallet. As one of the vegetables listed on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of produce with the most insecticides, it’s recommended that you buy organic greens. And this adds up – quickly!

The good news is that greens are among the easiest produce to grow.

Yes, I know – you’re busy and when you signed up for this juicing thing, you probably didn’t plan to garden as well. But hear me out on this – growing your greens is one of the best (and easiest) things you can do for yourself and your wallet.

The greens listed here practically grow on their own. They are independent, determined, and they want to grow! All you have to do is initiate the process.

Here are the easiest vegetables to grow in the comfort of your own home:

Grow Your Own Sprouts

Sprouts are the easiest veggies to grow. Even a caveman can do it.

photo taken from suprememastertv.com

photo taken from suprememastertv.com

There are a few different options to do this, but the simplest, cheapest way to grow your own sprouts takes a total of about 5 minutes of preparation time and uses materials that you probably already have at home.

Grow Your Own Sweet Potato Leaves

You probably know the sweet potato well – one of mother nature’s yummiest deserts – but most people aren’t aware that sweet potato leaves are edible.

Well, not only are sweet potato leaves edible – they’re delicious and nutritious. According to a study by the University of Arkansas, sweet potato leaves are chock full of disease-fighting, anti-aging antioxidants.

In fact, these yummy leaves contain at least 15 types of healthy nutrient compounds that help fight heart disease, diabetes, bacterial infections, and various forms of cancer.

growing sweet potato leaves

they grow FAST

Know what the best part is? You can grow them right at home, using materials you already have and it takes all of…2 minutes (not the growing time, but the actual “planting part.”) Who doesn’t have 2 minutes for fresh, free nutritious veggies?

Find out the easiest, 3-step process to growing your own sweet potato leaves.

Grow Your Own Microgreens

Microgreens are simply leafy greens and herbs that are tiny. These include arugula, basil, beets, kale, cilantro, etc., all in miniature size (about one to two inches long). Microgreens are especially perfect for juicers who are first venturing into green juicing since the taste of these little veggies isn’t yet quite as intense as the full-grown counterparts.

These leafy greens have been showing up in upscale restaurants and markets, where they typically sell for about $3 to $5 an ounce – a bit too pricey for most of us to juice them on a regular basis.

The good news is that these greens are pretty easy to grow. Unlike the other two easy plants above, these require potting soil and some maintenance (watering), but growing is quick (you’ll see sprouts in less than a week and have greens to eat in less than 2 weeks) and preparation is easy.

Find out how to grow your own microgreens here!

Grow Your Own Wheatgrass

Alright, now we get to a heavy hitter you’ll find in juice and smoothie bars world wide: wheatgrass. If you’ve ever ordered one, you already know that for such little shots, these tend to be quite pricey, ranging from around $3.50 to $5.00 per shot!

That adds up quick. The thing is, though, these greens are totally worth it – they’re packing an incredible load of nutrients and health benefits in their delicate little sprigs.

Luckily, wheatgrass is one of the easiest greens to grow right at home – no green thumb or garden needed. You can grow this extremely nutritious grass with very little indoor space and within less than two weeks’ time!

Want to give it a go? Find out how to grow wheatgrass at home!

With just these easy greens to grow, you can have a constant supply of fresh green veggies to juice. It’s simple, inexpensive, and actually quite fun. The best part is that by juicing these greens, you get pulp that you can use as fertilizer to grow more greens!

Who said money doesn’t grow on trees? 😉

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