Tips for the Do It Yourself Gardeners
Are you looking for some easy ways to save money while growing great tasting produce in your garden at home? There are many ways to save money while still enjoying a very productive garden.
You can reuse many items while gardening. You may be able to collect and reuse topsoil from elsewhere on your property for your garden. Seeds can be started in egg cartons. Yogurt or cottage cheese containers can be used to start seeds or to grow young plants in. Plastic milk jugs can be cut and turned upside down and used to protect plants from frost.
Another easy way to stretch your gardening dollars is to trade cuttings, seeds or plants with other gardeners. You can also check out local plant swaps where you can trade your excess plants for new plants from someone else’s garden. You can also dig up wild plants and plant them at home in your garden.
It is easy to save money on fertilizer for your garden. Horse manure makes excellent fertilizer and is usually available for free or very low cost from any local horse stable. Coffee grinds also make an excellent fertilizer. You can save your own used coffee grinds or you can ask your local coffee shop to save them for you. You can even use ground up egg shells and potato peelings for fertilizer. Mulch can be quite expensive in the store, but you can find it for free in your recycling bin. You can lay down sheets of newspaper down on the soil or mulch. Grass clippings can also be used as cheap mulch.
It is also easy to keep pests out of your garden. If you plant herbs along side the other plants in your garden, the herbs will help keep pests away from your other plants. You can also make your own pest spray by mixing garlic, minced hot peppers, water and a little bit of dish soap.
It’s even easy to re purpose common household items for use in your garden. You can turn an old bucket into a container for plants. You can use old forks or serving spoons for working up the soil in your garden. You can use branches or twigs for staking up plants. You don’t need to spend a lot to have a great garden.