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How to Garden Frugally

Today we planted our garden.  It is a fabulous way to build your stockpile and stretch your budget.  Last summer, I was able to can 21 quarts of tomatoes and we ate fresh carrots, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers all summer long.  This year we expanded our garden and we planted in addition to the above blackberries, blueberries, red raspberries, onions, green peppers, hot peppers, corn, potatoes and an herb garden.

We garden organically with no pesticides.  The first year that you garden you will have to spend more out of pocket.  Last year we invested in tomato cages and we were lucky to borrow a roto tiller from our neighbor.  In addition to the cost of our plants and seeds that was about the total of our expenses.  We live on a wooded lot with deer and other pesky rodents so we did have to invest in deer and rodent repellent.

This year my total out of pocket expense for the garden was…drum roll…$11.34!  I used my ACE Hardware rewards and a $10 off any purchase coupon to purchase all of my seeds and repellent this year!  The only expense I had was my tomato plants!  Again, we used our neighbors roto tiller and we were able to reuse all of our tomato cages that we invested in last year!  I will have to spend money on additional deer and rodent repellent mid garden season however I hope to be able to strategically use coupons to reduce my expense.  I am also considering making a thrifty deer repellent myself from one of these frugal homemade recipes.

In addition to gardening we also compost.  I am going to be posting on our compost process and how to build your own compost bin as well as additional posts of our garden success.

I do want to mention that regardless of space you can garden in a small area, within your existing landscaping or even in pots on your patio or deck.  I am very excited to see how our garden progresses this year.  It is a fabulous frugal family activity.  We planted together; we will weed, water, harvest and eat together.

This year I mixed sand in my soil for my carrots as our family friend Mrs. Henderson told me that is a tip for growing longer carrots.  I saved my “old sand” from my son’s sandbox and mixed that into the soil for that row.

Do you garden?  I would love to hear what you plant as well as any tips or tricks that you may have.

Other ideas you may like:

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How to garden frugally

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How to build an outdoor compost bin

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Tips for Herb Gardening

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Starting Your Seeds Indoors

Gardening Tips :: A Frugal Alternative

Tips for Container Gardening

My Frugal Garden :: Planted

My Frugal Garden Grows

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Tips for growing Strawberries

Tips for growing Blueberries

Tips for success with Raspberries, Blackberries and Currants

Regrowing Celery from Celery

Recycled Milk Jug Scoop

Strawbale Gardening

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