Friday, June 12, 2009

Double savings protein garden

A while back I wrote about how to saving money on seeds when starting a garden. Now, I can report even more ways to save money and to keep a healthy garden and bank account.

We were watching one of those survival shows on tv when we hit upon a great idea. We have been having a problem with bugs/insects in our garden and have been spraying without much success. However, we found the solution. My son and I go out back and pick the bugs off by hand.

I know that doesn't sound frugal but it is because.....we keep the insects and roast them. It may sound odd but they are really good with the right spices. Just put them in the toaster oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Insects are a great source of free protein.

So now we are getting free protein, saving money on bug spray and are getting better growth in our garden! I do have to report that my wife will not eat the bugs straight up but she does like them as a salad topping. She has always been a fan of crunchy toppings.


  1. Save even more by bundling them into units of ten bugs and add a touch of maple seed butter, then do not microwave but just eat them as is.

  2. That is smart because I guess I need to spend money to power the oven. Now I just need to plant a maple seed butter tree.

  3. I am so glad you posted this. My daughter loves to catch ladybugs. Now I know what to do with all of them! She also likes to find worms. We have some big ones in our yard. I guess I don't have to worry about us ever going hungry. Thanks for the tip!