Over the past few years I have tried my best to save as much money as I possibly could. I am ready to buy a house so I can invest in a ½ acre garden and sell produce from my doorstep every summer. Being from a gardening (and thrifty) family I learned to educate myself on the best ways to save money when raising a garden. Here is a compilation of the best tips one could ever use when planning and growing their garden.
I truly believe if more farmers would use this technique to grow potatoes. It would make a significant dentin world hunger. You begin with one tire on the ground of your garden. Fill the tire with soil and plant your potatoes in the soil. As soon as you see the sprouts break through the soil, add another tire and fill with soil again. You will continue this process until you are ready to harvest the potatoes. At harvesting time, simply remove the tires one by one and your harvest is complete. It is believed that by using this technique you can harvest from 6 to 8 times more potatoes per plant.
Finding old ladders at flea markets and yard sales for little or no money can help out your garden tremendously. You can use these ladders in your garden for climbing beans, squash and cucumbers.
RX FOR FEEDING
Whether you are catering to the perfect pumpkin, watermelon or tomato plant, fertilizing those plats is essential to awesome growth. To ensure the plants are being fed just enough on a continuous basis, all you have to do is purchase IV bags from a local medical store or online. Fill the IV bags with liquid fertilizer and run the tubing to the stems of the plant. The IV bags can be held up with stakes and they will provide continuous slow flowing fertilizer to your favorite plants.
Tomatoes taste best when grown fresh, but no one likes to spend hours and tons of money staking each plant. I, for one, love to grow tomatoes, but hate having to stake or cage them up every year. So, this year instead of spending a ton of money on stakes or tomato cages, try snow fencing. By placing stakes in the ground on one side of the tomatoes and attaching snow fencing, with a little training, the tomatoes will grow up the fencing. This tactic will not only save money and time but your back as well; no bending to pick tomatoes.
Compost heaps are perfect for gardeners. But, no one wants to make numerous trips to the compost heap throughout the day depositing leftover food and scraps. So, the next time you empty a coffee container, keep the lid and rinse out the can. If you store the can next to your sink and keep all the scraps and leftovers in it for an entire day, you will only have to make one trip per day to the compost pile.
I truly adore gardening. Life with fruits and vegetables on my dinner table that I have grown is as fulfilling as any amount of money. These frugal tips will keep your garden looking spectacular and your pocket full this gardening season.