If you are invested in making sure that your garden looks good this year, it is time to start planning. And while gardens are a lot of work, you will find that they do not need to be an expensive undertaking. Take a moment to consider what your options might be before plunging headlong into unnecessary costs.
Consider starting your garden from seeds rather than from sprouts. A few months before the growing season, acquire your seeds, fold them into paper towels and keep them damp. As they grow, choose the largest sprouts and put them into peat pots or small containers full of soil. Wait until they are relatively sturdy before transplanting them. This can take a lot of the cost out of gardening, as sprouts and young plants cost a lot more than seeds.
You can start a compost pile or a worm bin for a relatively small amount of money. Compost helps your garden grow a lot more fervently than chemical growth solutions, and it is better for your environment in general. You don’t have to have an enormous compost heap in the yard; a small one or a drum will do.
Save water. When the rains come in, put out buckets to catch some water, or even cut off a drainspout and have the water drain into a barrel. Make sure that the water is covered to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs in the water, but otherwise, you can simply use the water that you catch to water your garden and save on the water bill.
Grow local plants. Local plants will not only be more resistant to disease in the area, but they also tend to be cheaper than exotics. This can make a huge difference to your garden, and growing local also tends to bring in local pollinators, like bees and butterflies.
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