Did you know some gardening methods are more expensive than others?
Some methods can cost you quite a bit to get started. Certain people garden out of enjoyment, but if you’re trying to do life on a budget, you may be gardening out of necessity.
If you fit in the latter category, you’re in the right place. I’m going to bring you some frugal gardening methods.
You shouldn’t have to spend a small fortune to start gardening. Here are the frugal gardening methods that can help you become more self-sufficient through gardening without being a financial burden:
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1. Basic In Ground Gardening
If you’d like to garden without a ton of investment, plant a garden in the ground. You’ll need a way to till your garden area.
Not everyone has great soil to grow in, but if you’re fortunate enough to have quality soil, this type of gardening is the most inexpensive.
2. Raised Bed Gardening
Raised beds don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, you can utilize materials you have hanging around your property to build awesome raised beds.
If mobility is a concern, try this mobile raised planter box.
3. Container Gardening
People get all tripped out about container gardening. They assume you must spend a small fortune on gorgeous containers to grow a garden.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t. Instead, use old flower pots or buckets to raise a garden. Don’t be afraid to buy pots second hand either. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, especially when using frugal gardening methods.
4. Window Box Gardening
Do you use window boxes on your house during the warmer months to create gorgeous, natural décor? Why not use this space for gardening?
5. Hanging Basket Garden
Can you seriously raise a garden in hanging baskets? Why, yes! Yes, you can. Again, purchase inexpensive hanging baskets and hang them in a sunny location once filled with quality soil.
If you’ve never heard of this style of gardening, you’re in for a treat. The idea behind Hügelkultur gardening is to incorporate what you have.
For instance, if you have a fallen tree, don’t trash it. Instead, cover it with soil and compost until it forms a large mound. Then plant your garden in the mound. This will compost over the years giving you quality soil to grow in and will retain moisture.
You can utilize this style of gardening inside your raised beds by placing large chunks of wood in the bottom. Layer the rest of the bed with smaller pieces of wood, mulch, compost, and soil. Hügelkultur is a wonderful frugal gardening method.
7. Vertical Gardening
Last, but not least, is vertical gardening. Not everyone has room for large gardening spaces which is why many gardeners have started growing vertically instead of horizontally.
Vertical gardening doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be as simple as buying a shoe organizer, filling each pouch with soil, and raising shallow rooted plants in each pocket. Again, it’s inexpensive and compact which makes it a great method for those working with limited funds and space.
If you hang around the internet on a regular basis, it’s easy to become discouraged by thinking you must invest a lot upfront to create a functional grow space.
In my mind, this defeats the entire purpose of gardening from a place of necessity. I hope these frugal gardening methods encourage you to grow your own food, save money on your grocery bill, and avoid busting your budget.
It can be done. I know because I’ve done it for years.
Now, friends, I encourage you to try it for yourself. Pick the frugal gardening method that will work best for you and try your hand at gardening.
It’s okay to fail. Consider it a lesson and continue to persevere as you gain valuable gardening experience while maintaining life on a budget.