Spring is finally here. While it’s a little rainy outside from the April showers, May is just around the corner. It’s going to start getting sunny, and it is the perfect time to keep up with, add to, and maintain your garden. If you’re looking at starting a garden or adding to it, here are some frugal ways to do so.
I Recommend using seeds instead of plant starts. Plant starts are getting out of hand when it comes to costs. The Bonnie plants at Lowe’s and Home Depot are starting at five bucks for just one plant. Outrageous. You can get seeds with hundreds in a pack for as low as $1. The best place to pick up low-budget high-quality seeds is Dollar Tree or MIgardener. MIgardner has hundreds of seed varieties to choose from at a $2 price point. Such a bargain!
If you’re not a fan of seeds, go for plant starts. A plant starts is a cutting from a plant of your choice rooted in water and taken out to plant directly in the dirt. Most veggies, flowers, and herbs can be made into plant starts. I’ve done this with things like basil, peppermint, listeria, vines, and so much more. What’s more, is that it could be completely free. Find someone who already has those plants in their garden and ask them for a cutting to get started.
Another thing you can do when you planning your garden is make use of plants that self-sow. That is when a plant’s seeds fall into the dirt, get buried, and grow into a blooming crop with no effort from you. I have a few of these in my garden. My favorites are ground cherries and Malabar spinach. I must not have done a good job of picking up the Malabar spinach seeds because I have a planter full of sprouts popping up all over the place.
Here are just a few frugal tips if you are starting, adding to, or maintaining your garden. If you have more tips, drop them in the comment box below.
Shatel Huntley has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. In her spare time, she works with special needs adults and travels the world. Her interests include traveling to off the beaten path destinations, shopping, couponing, and saving.