I have made a decision this year to have a small, thriving vegetable garden but to try to save money gardening where I can.
I have already bought my seeds at an outlet store at a 40 percent discount. These are good, name brand seeds packaged for this year. I’m splitting the cost with a neighbor, as one package contains enough seeds for both of us.
I’m also starting everything from seed this year: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and broccoli, to name a few.
I have saved last year’s black plastic trays that six-packs of seedlings come in and use them as the base for my small seed-starting pots. I have also saved the plastic deli food containers with clear lids that you sometimes find in grocery stores and at take-out restaurants.
I’m saving newspapers in my basement to use as mulch between the rows in the garden. The layers of newspaper will keep the weeds at bay and keep moisture in the soil.
I have also invested in two inexpensive plastic garbage cans that I will use to collect rainwater to supplement water from the tap for watering.
Do you have some money-saving tips? Please share with us below.
Mare-Anne, our senior editor, joined The Old Farmer's Almanac in 1992. In her spare time, Mare-Anne loves to garden and always plants a large home garden with a variety of flowers and vegetables. She also enjoys cooking and traveling to Sweden, where she was born.