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.
– Lindy, FabulousSavings.com
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