May 11, 2017

Frugal Gardening

sunflower garden

Gardening can be very costly if you choose to go different paths to have one. If you choose to hire landscape companies you will spend a fortune trying to have a vegetable or flower garden. However, frugal gardening is possible if you know where to look and what to do. Frugal gardening is gardening with the absolute basics. From tools to seeds, everything can be found either free or cheap. Your tools for your garden do not need to be brand new from a hardware store. Check out your local thrift shops and Salvation Army type stores to find what you will need. If you can't find exactly what you are looking for, see if you cannot find something that will work for you for the time being and keep searching out the stores for what you are looking for.

fiskars 30 gallon kangaroo gardening bag

Gardening Bags

Pros
  • Big capacity - 30 gallon
  • Folds down for easy storage
Cons
  • Not rigid
  • Hard to carry
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Containers or pots, whichever you choose to use can be found cheaply too. Again, checking the local thrift shops, Salvation Army's and keeping an eye out on web sites such as freecycle and craigslist in your area will help aide you from spending gobs of money on containers.

Seeds or plants can also be found either free or cheap. Check with landscaping companies about whether they throw plants away when done with a job. Ask if you could pick them up next time and save them money from having to dispose of them. At greenhouses and nurseries bad looking plants deter customers from wanting to buy from the business and they may give you a good price if you were to take them. Also look for sales at the greenhouses, nurseries, hardware stores and farmer supply stores for seeds, plants, etc. You may get lucky and find a really decent deal, on seeds especially. Seeds can be stored up to 5 years if kept in a mason jar, paper bag or other container in a cool, dry place.

orbit tripod with brass impact sprinkler

Impact Sprinklers

Pros
  • Great area coverage from orbital sprinkler
  • Raises and lowers to handle raised beds
  • Folds down for easy storage
Cons
  • Leg locks could be a bit more firm
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Soil or compost can be picked up relatively cheap when checking with the farmer supply stores. Many times they will have sales on larger than normal bags and you can store these again in a cool, dry place. If you are doing just an all around flower garden you won't need to use much additional soil if any other than your current yard's dirt. However, if you plan on having a vegetable garden it may be worth spending a couple bucks on some soil to mix in with your garden bed to grow healthy, cheap food for your family.

For most people who have gardened it is not only a way of life, but a way to sustain their life. Growing a vegetable garden is well worth the labor involved if not just to save money but to provide healthy, home-grown vegetables and fruit. If you go about gardening the frugal way it is entirely possible to grow a garden without depleting your bank account.

eucalyptus insect repellent

Repelling Insects

Pros
  • Naturally derived
  • Keeps the mosquitos away
  • Easy to apply
Cons
  • Contains ethanol, so keep away from eyes and flames
  • May not be effective against yellow hornets or bees
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