Frugal gardening tips: How to start a garden on a budget

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Gardens are a great way to get outside and be in nature. Whether it is tending to flowers and shrubbery, or growing your own food, we’re here to help you get your garden started on a budget. We’ve included ideas from repurposing materials to growing your own food for FREE.


  • Start Your Garden With Seeds. Look for seeds that are easy to maintain, while you’re starting out. Another frugal tip is to use seeds and stalks from fruits and vegetables you purchase at the store. A list of our favorite vegetables that you can repurpose:
    • Lettuce
    • Celery
    • Green Onions/Onions
    • Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes
    • Peppers
    • Garlic
    • Carrots
    • Garlic
    • Herbs such as Basil and Cilantro
    • Pineapple!


  • Composting. Soil can be costly-composting is an easy way to combat that cost. Not to mention, it’s good for the environment. The soil you make also won’t contain any herbicides, which makes it good for you! Here are 5 easy tips to start.


  • Repurpose Materials. If it doesn’t fit your starting budget, repurpose old materials instead of buying a new raised garden bed. Try setting a perimeter with reclaimed bricks. Or get your seeds started growing in an old egg container. Click HERE for a longer list of materials to repurpose for your garden.


  • Get Discounted Plants. Many stores, like Walmart and Lowe’s, have clearance sections for plants that you can save. The only downfall is that most are a little sick, and may need a little more love to get back to healthy. Depending on the time of year, you can also trust Costco to give you some good plant deals.


  • Get Free Plants. Turn one plant into multiple plants, by propagating your plants and then planting the offsets. It’s an easy and cost-effective way to build your garden. All you need is a starting plant, and from there you can create multitudes. Learn more about propagating HERE.


  • Make Your Own Pest Deterrents. Fertilizer and pest control are purchases that aren’t necessary to a having a happy garden and can help you shave off some extra bucks. Insects will come knocking, but you can be prepared with natural at-home remedies instead. Some of which include:
    • Garlic Spray
    • Soap Spray
    • Vegetable Oil Spray


  • Start Slow. You may be tempted to rush into your end goal garden, but remember that gardens take time to grow and cultivate. Starting slow and small is a great way to get comfortable with your garden. Not to mention, a great way to cut costs at the beginning.


Those are some of our frugal tips for starting a garden. Gardens take work, but the rewards are worth it in our opinion. Whether you want a garden full of plants and flowers, or a garden that your stomach can reap the benefits of, we hope these tips help you.

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