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frugal gardening
What tips do you have for frugal gardening?

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Gardens allow you to reap a lot while sowing a little. What do you do to stretch your garden dollar...pound..euro...etc?

Make some garden friends in your area. This can help save money through shared tools (the types you only use a couple times a year), seedling exchanges, etc.
Start your own seedlings in small, red "Solo" type plastic cups. Just put a small hole in the bottom for drainage. Moisten the seed starter mix in the cup, plant the seeds, moisten again, and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Place by a sunny window and soon they will sprout. You can re-use the cups and plastic wrap many, many times. I also cut old plastic mini blinds and use them as markers in the cups to know what's planted. These also can be re-used many times.
Make your own compost and mulch, grow open-pollinated varieties so that you can save seeds, and don't buy anything in a package. Except seeds.
Good topic! One year members of our garden club were interviewed weekly on the local radio station. When it was my turn my topic was - free stuff for gardening. They never had more phone calls! :-) My favorite free thing is collecting seeds from all over the valley - both town & countryside. I spot likely plants while biking or driving & make a mental note to return in season. Sometimes it' harvesting seed in a friend's garden when they were going to just compost it all. I love the seasonal celebration this provides & the variety you can collect gives you seed to swap. It pays to put together a mobile seed-collecting kit. I ended up buying paper coin envelopes for convenience in labeled gifting & swapping.
Save your toilet paper and paper towel tubes. Fold in the bottom of the toilet paper tubes, fill with potting soil and use to sprout seeds. Paper towel tubes can yield 2 tubes.
Make a compost pile using coffee grounds from your local coffee stand and used paper towels. Add other stuff as you get it.
let your plants go to seed and save your seeds for next season. you will then have seeds to trade with other gardeners. grow the things you love to eat, but try new things once in a while, you might enjoy them.



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