Go Green, Grow Green, and Save Green – Vegetable Gardens

The idea of growing your own veggies is quite appealing because if you know the tricks, you can actually save money with a vegetable garden – no more expensive store-bought veggies. Also, by growing your own, you can use organic pesticides, and it’s a low carbon footprint.

Because I live in an apartment, a friend recently offered me a little plot in their garden. I was ecstatic until I remembered that my bank account lacks a little green. So I’ve put together a list of vegetable gardening & frugal planting tips for beginners I’d like to share. Here we grow


Good gardens start with good soil. When looking at frugal vegetable gardening, look to the master herself – Mother Nature. One of the best friends of a garden is the earthworm because they naturally till the soil by digging. Not only are they free, but the kids will love looking for them around the yard.

This is one for the coffee-lovers: don’t throw out your used grounds. Coffee grounds make wonderful fertilizer – they can be used as nitrogen supplements. That’s good for the earth and your budget!


There are plenty of vegetable gardening tips for beginners when it comes to seeds. Go in with another gardening friend on a packet. Most have more than enough seeds for a few gardens.

Another great way to save is by looking in your fridge and pantry. See any potatoes that are sprouting or peppers with seeds? Plant them, and you’ll have a free garden.

Keeping the Pests Away

One frugal vegetable garden tip I found really neat is something you probably already have. Instead of harmful pesticides to keep critters out, use vinegar. Not only is it cheap, but it’s also a very green way to garden.

No Garden? No Problem!

Before my plot, I looked into indoor gardening. You can reuse ice cream containers or halved water bottles. (Bonus: you keep them out of landfills.) Herbs work best, but I’ve heard onions sprout too! Live in an apartment? Try asking the manager to check for plants tenants leave behind. I almost got four spider plants and a Halloween planter last time I asked!

Now, all you need a little patience. So, sit back, read up on a few veggie recipes, and watch your garden sprout.

Happy growing!

– Lindy, FabulousSavings.com

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Jacobsen Family! May 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Do you dilute the vinegar with water, or just spray it right on there??
Our garden in producing pretty well now, esp tomatoes!! Wish I liked tomatoes, but everyone else says they’re wonderful!! =)


2 LittlePeopleWealth May 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Don’t spray it on, it will kill your plants, if you put it in a little margarine container (or something of similar size) and then dig it into the ground so it is flush with the top of the ground then it works well – especially against slugs!


3 Debbie May 29, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Our garden is going gangbusters with all this rain. Mostly the weeds:)


4 LittlePeopleWealth May 30, 2009 at 12:19 am



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