Loyal Couponer: Frugal Gardening – Lane Today

It’s just about that time of year! The time to start planning your vegetable garden! Growing your own food is a big money saver for many folks, including myself! Start up costs can be somewhat expensive though and prevent many people from having their own garden. If you’ve been considering starting a garden, here are some creative ways to save some cash.

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Choose the right produce. By right, I mean simple. This is especially helpful if you’re a new gardener. Some easy vegetables for beginners are tomatoes, carrots, radishes, zucchini, lettuce, peas, green beans, corn, and onions.

Start Plants from Seed. Buying seed packets is much cheaper than buying starter plants. You don’t need any special equipment either! I’ve been able to successfully plant seeds in egg shells, egg cartons, cut up paper towel or toilet paper rolls, and newspaper folded into paper pots.

Save the Rain! It’s no secret that we live in a wet climate. Why not take advantage and save it for some of our “drier” months? There are some incredible DIY rain barrel ideas online.

Get Creative with Space. You don’t need a huge garden. Container gardening is one of the most frugal gardening options out there. It’s perfect if you don’t have the space to begin with. Plus, you can find containers anywhere! You might also consider vertical gardening.

Buy tools second hand. They’re going to get used and dirty anyway so why buy a new shovel? Visit thrift stores and garage sales to buy the needed tools and equipment.

Make your own compost for fertilizer. You would be surprised at what is compostable! Paper towels, q-tips, and egg cartons are just a few of the items you can add to your compost pile. By mixing them with greens from your yard and food scraps (no meat!) you can make a nice compost to mix in for added soil nutrients.

Weed killer and garden pest spray, DIY style. Chances are you have the ingredients you need for these much-needed garden concoctions right now. Vinegar, dish soap, and water are all it takes! They’ll save you money and they’re much safer than store-bought pesticides.

Take these ideas and customize them to fit your lifestyle! Use Pinterest and Google to broaden your knowledge and see what worked for others. You’ll never know if you have a green thumb until you try.

On another note, there are some good deals this week in the shopping world! Toys R Us has some super prices on toys with their Red Hot Deals, Walgreens has CoverGirl makeup for as low as $.49, and Fred Meyer has 20% Ground Beef for $2.59/lb, Foster Farms Whole Chicken for $.97/lb, and Jumbo Artichokes for only $1.68 each!

For more weekly deals and money saving tips, visit me at Loyal Couponer!

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