Secrets to a Successful Garden: Save Money Planting Your Garden!
We finally got around to planting the rest of our garden this week! Growing a garden can be very rewarding and a great way to save money too. Even though you are saving money by growing a garden there are things you can do to reduce the cost. The first thing to do is to decide what you are going to plant. Plant things that you like and eat, or that you can bottle. For example you might not like fresh tomatoes but you like spaghetti sauce, then, plant tomatoes so you can make and can spaghetti sauce.
Grow your Plants from seeds: it is a little late to start growing your plants indoors this year, but you could do that next year. You could just buy the slower growing things as seedlings like the tomato plants, watermelons, pepper plants, etc. then plant the rest of your garden from seed. We usually start our tomato plants, watermelons and peppers ahead of time and plant everything else by seed about this time of year.
A package of seeds costs around $2 for about 20 seeds or so, a seedling plant can cost that much or more for just one plant! AND Fred Meyer shoppers, this week is the BEST time to get seeds (they are 50% off) through Saturday! You can also find seeds online cheap too. Then just plant them according to the package instructions.
Invest in Heirloom Seeds: Heirloom seeds are seeds that can be harvested every year and used over and over. You would never need to buy seeds again (or at least not for a long time). These tomato plants were planted using heirloom seeds from last year’s crop of tomatoes.
Trade Seeds: There are several online forums you could trade your extra seeds on or you could just swap your extra seeds with your neighbors or friends. Then you get a larger variety of seeds for less!
Share/Swap Veggies: My neighbor grows THE BEST CORN! We’re still working on good corn but we can grow some mean cucumbers so we always just swap and we both end up having as much as we could ever need! This cuts down on time, space, money and required talent!
Unfortunately, our neighbor is not growing corn this year so we are back to practicing at it some more!