Having a garden is a dream for a lot of people, but getting the money to establish a garden can make the dream into a nightmare. Fortunately, there are ways you can set up and maintain a great space for very little money. Here are four creative ways you can garden for less.
1. Place your garden in an advantageous location
Look around your yard. Do you have an area that gets plenty of water when it rains? Perhaps there’s a portion of your yard that’s always in the sun and has terrific soil. You’ll want to plant your garden where it can get as much help from mother nature as possible. This will cut down on your fertilizer expenses and yield better looking crops.
2. Get a rain barrel to collect water
One of the most expensive parts of gardening is the water. If you live in an area that gets hot or experiences droughts, you’ll need to use sprinklers or hoses to keep your goods green. Unfortunately, water is expensive. Take advantage of whatever rain you get by placing a rain barrel in your yard and using that water to maintain your garden.
Many towns give away free or reduced price rain barrels in the spring. Check with your department of public works to see what options are available to you. Typically, rain barrels are placed under downspouts to collect water faster. If you live in an area prone to mosquitoes, you’ll need to use a sealed barrel or cover all openings with a fine mesh to prevent your rain barrel from becoming a breeding ground.
3. Buy your seeds on sale
Shop sales in stores or online to get your seeds at discounted rates. Many retailers offer vegetable seeds at discounted rates in the beginning of the season. You can even get your late summer or fall crop seeds during these sales without worrying about spoilage.
Compared to the cost of plants, seeds are a much more economical way of growing your favorite foods. If you find that you just can’t get a particular type of seed to sprout, try another brand or buy small starter plants as a last resort.
4. Try natural techniques for fertilizing soil and controlling pests
Every garden needs fertilizer and some method of pest control. Look online for natural sources for both needs. Fertilizer from a horse farm can be gotten for free if you have a means of hauling it and online websites give plenty of suggestions for ways to control unwanted visitors naturally and effectively.
Avoiding commercial fertilizers and pest control products will not only save you money, but it will also provide safer vegetables for your family to enjoy. As an added bonus, you can take pride knowing that your vegetables are organic and healthy.
Having your own garden is a fun enterprise your entire family will enjoy. Take advantage of these money saving tips to grow your favorite foods for less and take pride in enjoying tons of organic vegetables from your back yard garden.