There are also quite a few ways to cut down on the basic costs of gardening. Composting, saving your seeds, selling at Farmer's markets, and trading sprigs or plants with others are a few simple ways to cut spending and increase your garden's financial rewards. There are a number of cost efficient ways to cultivate and grow your own food. A little ingenuity can help lower even the most basic expenditures.
One of the first costs in gardening is acquiring nutrient rich soil. Many spend a fair share of money purchasing dirt, manure, and fertilizers to enrich and maintain their garden plot. Past the initial installation of your garden bed this cost is generally unnecessary. The kitchen waste that gets thrown away can be turned into nutrient rich compost instead. With a little pre-planning garden quality soil can be had completely free of charge. Any earth bed can be enriched by composting vegetation back into it.
It is esti mated that the average US household throws away about 200 pounds of vegetation in their trash each year. What a waste that is. Vegetable matter from the kitchen is mineral rich material that can easily be converted into quality soil in a mere matter of weeks. Composting can save you a lot of money.
Composting your kitchen waste is quite easy. It only takes 3 factors to turn that vegetation into compost and these are dirt, sun, and water. All vegetable matter including fruit or vegetable peelings and trimmings, nut shells, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, and small pieces of cardboard or paper can be composted. Just add dirt, water and sunshine to begin the process. Items that should never be put into your compost site are lard, oil, grease, meat or fish products, dairy or cheese products, pet wastes, or any other potentially toxic contaminants.
For large field farming red or white clover are nutrient rich plants that can be alternated on garden sections and then at the end of the growing season plowed into the ground to enrich the earth. By switching around the growing areas each year the red clover's nutrients will help to naturally enrich the soil.
One of the largest costs involved in gardening is the acquisition of seeds. A lot of gardeners generally make an annual trip each spring to purchase the seed and seedlings they will need that year. This is unfortunate because much of this expense can be avoided. There are many types of seed and seedlings that are free for your use and all it takes to acquire them is a flat space to dry them and a small container to store them.
The seed can be acquired from vegetables or fruit as we consume them. Just remove a selection of seed from the chosen food and set them out onto a paper towel to dry. Then store the dried seed in a small labeled brown paper bag till the next planting season. Tomato, beans, peas, apple, watermelon, lettuce, and sunflower are examples of a few easy to acquire seeds.
Apple, pear, cherry, and nut trees, as well as raspberries, strawberries or other fruit bushes can be inexpensively acquired in this manner. Most trees and bushes need trimming or pruning anyway so sharing isn't usually a problem where these items are concerned. If you spot something out there that you like just take a few minutes to stop by to say hi and ask if you might have a sprig or two to take home with you. When it comes your turn to do pruning pass along the bounty and share a few sprigs with your neighbours.
When selecting your garden items choosing plants that are perennial or that spread quickly can be a highly economic way to begin a garden. Raspberries, strawberries, chives, garlic, Swiss char, and asparagus will return year after year and the purchase of a few may be all that you need. Within three or four years their off shoots will provide you with all the bounty you need.
|Herbs can easily be grown in containers|
Space should never be an issue. Container gardening can be just as much fun as having a full garden space. You can create a small container garden in an apartment, on a balcony, on a patio deck, or in your yard. You can easily hang a basket or use a window planter to create a small herb, lettuce, or strawberry garden.If you have your own yard then clearing a space for a bed can initially be a bit of heavy work but having your own garden is so worth the effort once your plot is complete. From there it is simply a matter of maintenance.
Gardening is a fun hobby that allows you the perfect opportunity to get out in the sunshine and play in the dirt. If you have joint or back issues then raised garden beds are the ideal solution. They can help save you a lot of back pain later in the game. I prefer this type of gardening bed because they make weeding a breeze.