Frugal Tips to Start a Garden

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by on April 3, 2013

frugal-tips-to-start-gardenAs the weather starts to warm up, it has many thinking of starting a garden in hopes of a bountiful summer crop. But if you are not careful it can get quite expensive when you start factoring in the cost of plants, soil, fertilizer, containers, and mulch. But if you consider a couple of these frugal alternatives it can save you some substantial money this spring.

Grow from Seed

Do you have a couple sunny window sills in your home? If so, consider starting some vegetables and fresh herbs from seed this spring as it will save you a bunch of money. Get yourself a few empty egg cartons, a bag of soil, some seeds of your choice and you are good to go. Make sure to water regularly and label your containers to avoid any confusion when the seedlings start to sprout. If you don’t have a sunny windowsill any florescent light or high density plant light will do the trick.

DSC_0007Good Soil on the Cheap

Did you know the best way to get great soil for free is right in your garbage can? Start using all of your organic kitchen scraps to create your own compost pile which will lead to some amazing soil. Don’t forget to add your grass clippings and crushed egg shells to make your mix even more potent.

Find Free Plants

You’d be amazed how many local green thumbs in your area end up with more plants and seedlings then they have room for. The good news for you is that most of them don’t want to just throw them away and would be happy to have you take them off their hands. Just post a want add on Craigslist or a local gardening forum and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you might get for free.

Cool Garden Markers

Ditch the expensive plant markers and use your creativity instead. Popsicle sticks make for good markers but if you want something more permanent and with a little more character, try seashells, unique wood scraps, beverage coasters, or chipped tea saucers. With a little creativity you can easily make your garden a focal point of your yard.

There is nothing tastier than freshly picked tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and bell peppers. I hope you have a great garden this year. What other frugal gardening tips would you add to my post?

Kyle James operates a website called which lists online coupon codes to over 850 retailers. He also has a blog which talks about frugal living and making your paycheck go as far as possible every month.


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