It's getting warm, seedlings are sprouting, and it's near planting time. You've sat inside all winter hoping for the end of gloomy days. Well, now's the time, but it's easy to go overboard with spring gardening. Here are four tips to help you stay under budget this growing season.

 

1. Plant Seeds not Plants!

Seeds cost pennies. Plants cost dollars. If you want to save money on spring gardening, grow your plants from seeds or bulbs. When buying plants understand that they were grown far away and shipped in. With gas prices spiking, this cost inevitably trickles down to you because the potting soil is heavy, and the plants are bulky and fragile compared to seed.

 

Think about it: Seeds are dormant forms of life meant to survive until optimal conditions arise. They were designed to last. Take advantage of this by growing from seed to keep your gardening budget low while still bringing in a bountiful harvest.

 

2. Plant Fertilizing Trees

Yes, there are trees that actually fertilize and condition the soil for you. For years farmers have planted soybean after a main corn crop because of how the soybean fertilizes the ground with nitrogen. Acacias are one example of trees that do just this. In addition to fertilizing the soil, leguminous tress will mine the subsoil for minerals and nutrients. When the leaves fall, those minerals would be available to plant life once those leaves breakdown. You wouldn't have to till the soil or buy fertilizer!

 

3. Make Your Own Fertilizer

The agricultural industry has lots of waste products. These waste products can be used to fertilize lawns, flower beds and vegetable gardens. Cottonseed meal makes an excellent source of nitrogen, as well as coffee grounds from your favorite coffee shop. Bone meal is good for phosphates.

 

Although these are not waste products, both greensand and kelp meal are good sources of minerals, especially potassium.

 

4. Reduce Your Garbage Bill with Worms!

Earthworms are known for turning kitchen waste into compost, another kind of homemade fertilizer. These are the same worms used as fish bait. A pound of these worms can process nearly their body weight in organic matter per day given optimal conditions. They're quite and make great pets. They eat old newspapers, cardboard, scrap vegetables or grass clippings. Their poop doesn't stink, it smells like nursery soil. That means you can keep a small worm bin inside the house.

 

These tips can help you save money and perhaps better your health by eating home grown fruits and vegetables. We can all use a bit more self-reliance these days.

 

It's time to revisit your organic gardening plans! Download your Greenhorn Gardening Audio e-Book to get started.

 

Grow'em big!

Damon


One Response to “Four Ways to Save Money on Your Spring Garden”

  1. Damon Says:

    What methods will you use to save money on this year's garden?

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