I love to garden. I love my veggie garden and I love my flower garden. I love to garden.
There are ways to save for both. You saw earlier how I bought bulbs and shared them with a friend in exchange for plants. That is a great resource… but let’s look at other ways to save with your garden.
I say “save WITH your garden”, because it really is 2 fold, you save putting it in, but you also save on the other end as well.
- Buy Seeds– it takes a little more time, but it’s so much more cost effective -this week they are B1G1 at Home Depot
- Buy tomato plants – some might argue with me, but I don’t have a greenhouse yet, and they take so long to grow, this is the one plant I want pay off earlier, so I do buy the plant. Seeds don’t always grow well either, so it can be a waste to buy the seeds, just to turn around to have to buy a plant. Watch for sales. Home Depot had them yesterday B1G1, and others could also have some good deals, keep your eyes out. My favorite are cherry tomatoes, and my favorite cherry tomatoes are the orange or yellow ones.
- Always buy Perennials for you yard. These jewels come back year after year and they multiply after years so you can dig them up and share or move them.
- When buying Perennials think ahead and get seeds or bulbs. Right now summer bulbs are on sale and need to be in the ground by May. As I posted earlier plants are about $10 ish a plant or a bag of 100 bulbs was $12.99 at Costco, seeds are even less.
- Don’t have room for everything, mix your Vegetable garden and Flower Garden together. Veggies are colorful, so take advantage if you are short of space. Using this limited space will get you FREE food during the summer, and help fill in the space for the price of seeds as opposed to plants.
- Plant the things you know you will eat therefore cutting your food budget in the summer. Sounds like a dumb point, but sometimes people get carried away and plant things that they don’t like or eat and just give away. Thanks for sharing, but make sure you take care of your food budget too.
- Plant things that can be frozen or canned for winter use, again cutting your food budget. I freeze Green Beans, Corn, and strawberries. I am going to try sugar snap peas, and zucchini this year as well. I am also thinking of freezing pre grilled veggies for convenience. Not sure if it will work, but it should.
- Know your seasons and don’t plant too early. I know here in Portland we are still pretty wet through the middle of May. My rule of thumb is to plant after Mother’s Day. If you don’t you risk having your seeds wash away, therefore not saving you any money, but spending more to replace the lost seeds.
- When you purchase those seeds share with a friend, cutting your cost in half. I have a fairly decent sized garden, and I still manage to give away half of each. That also allows me to get new seeds for the following season. I have used year old seeds before. I am sure it’s psychological but I like fresh seeds if I can, but not opposed to it.
- Keep weeds at bay and slugs (for us anyways) away with proper treatment or manual labor. You have put so much time into getting it into the ground, don’t let those pests take over your crop.
Most of all enjoy your garden. Enjoy the fact that during the summer you get to eat the fruits or veggies of your labor. Not only is it so rewarding, but it is so incredibly good for you and good for your budget.