Tuesday Tips-10 Ways to Save With Your Garden

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.

  1. Buy Seeds– it takes a little more time, but it’s so much more cost effective -this week they are B1G1 at Home Depot
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Linked to Oh Amanda and Tuesdays Tip Jar


  1. We are going to start a garden soon (like this week) so thanks for the great info.

    And thanks for linking up today! 🙂


  2. We love our garden! I secretly make it a little bigger each year so someone doesn’t complain about “losing his yard”. Blah. Why does he “need” a yard anyway when we can have glorious vegetables instead?

    You’re lucky in that Portland weather. Here in MI, we don’t put anything in the ground until Memorial Day weekend, and even then sometimes have to run around tenting things off because of frost warnings.

  3. I love it. My husband wants me to take over the grass so he doesn’t have to mow. And yes we do have rain, but it is definitely better than frost, that’s for sure.

  4. These are Awesome Gardening Tips! We have been in our house since 2006 and only have one tree on the corner of the front of the house. This year I’m determined to get more trees planted on the property. That will be getting tackled this year! Thank you so much for participating in the Tuesday Tip Jar over on Blog Mommas!! I hope you’ll think about joining the blog directory too. We’d love to have ya!

  5. Amy: Great post! I linked to it on our Facebook page.

  6. Hi Amy; These are wonderful helpful tips! I want to add my 2 cents to help you all on your way to a successful garden experience; Cost worthy little seeds for annuals, biennials, perennials and vegetables are definitely a good thing. Be sure to READ the planting directions, all seeds are not created equal. Some need light, some need darkness, some need consistent moisture, some need warmth or cold. So READ.
    You can save on seed starting equipment by using paperboard egg cartons, they are fabulous and almost they same as Peat Pots sold at garden centers. Do invest in some inexpensive Seed Starting mix, its not the same as potting soil.
    Just to make sure all understand the difference; Annuals are born, flower and die (set seed) in one season; Biennials are born and grow leaves in the first season, but many will not flower or set seed until the second season , Perennials are born, grow their leaves and many will bloom in the first year, but over winter most will die down to just roots so you may want to leave markers in place so you don’t accidentally dig them up next spring! But believe it or not next spring they will begin to grow again and be bigger and better then the first year (especially if grown from seed), they will continue to increase in girth and strength until the 3rd season, most are at their peak then, after which you can dig them up and divide them into multiple plants to share or replant for yourself. 🙂 Yeah! (:
    Fianlly as an additional bonus many annuals and biennials will freely sow their own seeds throughout the garden unbidden and with random inspiration in a most fascinating way! Or save the seeds & share with your garden buddies, it’s a long held gardener tradition!

    For first time veggies gardeners starting out with a bed 4 feet by 10 feet is probably all you will need and it is a very manageable size. Don;t be afraid to “over-plant” you can lay out crops in a diamond pattern and get much more out of your beds and its prettier!
    Use your ‘air space’ by growing vertical crops, root crops and those that are surface level next to one another to maximize your bed.

    Most of all HAVE FUN!!!!! Growing a garden is one of the most satisfying things one can do, don’t be discouraged by your losses, learn and try again. Great gardeners have only made more mistakes then you! 🙂
    Always include at least one WINTER SQUASH so you will have some on stock all through the non gardening season. That would be HUBBARD, DELICATA, SPIGHETTI SQUASH, there are so many to choose from and its so wonderful when you are short on cash and need a warm comforting winter soup or ???
    If you have any questions I am happy to answer them, I have been a grower/designer of flower and veggie gardens for nearly 40 years. So ask away! Happy gardening!Nancy
    PS. Carrots are hard to grow for most home gardeners. 🙁

  7. Thank you Angela.

  8. Nancy great tips and thank you for the detail in explaining the different growing seasons of plants. I have to say I never understood Biennials so that was helpful to me.
    I agree carrots are hard to grow, I finally gave up a few years ago. It’s mostly sad to me because it was a childhood memory getting them out of Granny’s garden.

  9. Great advice. Just to add……..for beginners it might be better to start with plants…seeds usually take a long time to grow and if you are a new gardener you are sure to want more instant rewards. Don’t wait too long to try your luck with seeds. It fun to start from scratch. Maybe reserve a small part of the garden for this. If you are doing vegetables and you like radishes, try those, they grow so fast!

  10. I completely agree with buying plants for beginners. It is instant gratification. And you can experiment and work your way up to seeds only. That’s how the rest of us learned.