Growing your own vegetable garden is a wonderful idea! You get to watch your favorite foods flourish under your care and you can save money on groceries! But a garden won’t save you any money if you’re spending more money to maintain it than necessary. Check out these 18 Ways to Save Money in your Vegetable Garden!
Gardening can be a wonderful experience.
I have so enjoyed getting my hands in the soil over the years. Most of you know by now, that I grew up in West Virginia- in the country and we had gardens and canned to feed our families. I have shared simple tools for foolproof canning with you previously.
So I felt that I needed to share that gardening doesn’t have to break the bank- what’s growing in your garden, starting a garden with kids or growing your own vegetables. That’s why I wanted to share these tips, 18 ways to save money in your own vegetable garden.
Real fast before I dive into how to save money in your vegetable garden, as I mentioned above- I am from West Virginia. So I thought you might enjoy a few West Virginia recipes:
- West Virginia Fried Taters & Ramps
- West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls
- Grandma’s Instant Pot Pound Cake
- West Virginia Beans & Cornbread
18 Ways to Save Money in your Vegetable Garden
Use a rain barrel – If you collect rainwater in a rain barrel, you won’t have to worry about a sky-high water bill each month when watering your garden! You can easily build a DIY rain barrel out of a garbage can and can install a spigot to attach a water hose.
Grow from seed – The easiest way to save money in your vegetable garden is simply grow your veggies from seed. It may be a bit harder and involve more steps than starting with already growing plants, but you can save more money this way.
Make your own compost – Composting is a great way to reuse lawn clippings and kitchen scraps! Plus, you won’t need to pay for pricey commercial compost! You can even DIY your own compost bin out of a garbage can, wooden pallets, milk crates, and more!
What to do about tools?
Buy used tools – There’s no need to pay for pricey new tools to use in your garden. Within a week they’ll be dirty and scuffed up anyway. So if you see any used garden tools at a thrift store or garage sale, get them! You can also buy at thrift stores or even online for bargains.
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Share/trade with friends – A fun way to save money in your vegetable garden is by sharing or trading supplies with friends. Why pay to rent a rototiller if your friend has one? And why not trade some seeds from last year for a new trowel. You and your friend will both get what you need and save money in the process!
Make your own seed starter pots – Instead of buying seed starter pots, make your own. You can DIY them out of biodegradable things like newspaper and toilet paper rolls.
Take care of your tools – If you leave your shears out in the rain, they’ll probably rust. And if you’re too rough with your rake, the tines will break. To avoid spending money on garden tool replacements, take care of the tools you have. Clean them, sharpen them if necessary, and keep them out of the elements to ensure they last as long as possible.
Dealing with existing plants
Propagate your existing plants – A clever way to save money in your vegetable garden and avoid buying plants is to make new plants from your existing one! Growing from cuttings takes a bit of skill (and you can’t do it with every vegetable), but for those plants where propagation is a possibility, it can save you a lot of money!
Get a soil test – A simple soil test only costs around $10-$20 and can tell you a lot about the makeup of your soil! This inexpensive test in incredibly insightful. There’s no sense in purchasing a vegetable that can’t grow without the help of soil amendments. A soil test can save you time and money on additives that won’t help your plants.
Try square foot gardening – Square foot gardening was designed to be easier and cheaper than planting in rows. If you’re serious about saving money, give it a try!
Taking care of the plants you have
Grow the right plants – Another great way to save money on your homegrown veggies is to make sure you plant the right ones for your area. Don’t try to grow ones that require a lot of water if you’re in the middle of the desert, and don’t expect heat loving plants to thrive in the cold northern states. Plant the wrong vegetables and you’ll wind up just having wasted money on something that’s dead in a month.
Mulch – A simple way to save money in your vegetable garden is to use mulch! The mulch helps reduce how often you need to water your garden. Mulch also reduces the likelihood of weeds, which also reduces how much you have to spend on weed deterrents/removers. You can DIY your own mulch from grass clippings or leaves as long as you’re sure they’re disease free.
Even more tips . . .
Go to a seed swap – A seed swap is a gathering of gardeners where people trade seeds. Those seeds may be leftovers from little store seed packets, big bulk seed bags, or seeds that people gathered from their own plants. Trading seeds is a free (and fun) way to get new seeds at no cost while getting rid of seeds you no longer want!
Grow at the right time of year – The easiest way to waste your gardening budget is to grow plants at the wrong time. The wrong time could be when it’s too hot, cold, or dry for the plants you’re trying to grow. Make sure to properly research your veggies and check your local weather and farmer’s almanac so you don’t plant things at the wrong time.
Use grey water – “Grey water” is the name for water that’s already been used inside your home, such as water from your kitchen sink or your bathtub. You can safely use it to water your vegetables, given that it doesn’t touch parts of the plant that are edible. The easiest way to collect grey water is with buckets and bowls inside the house.
One way is to keep a bowl under the strainer as you rinse vegetables for dinner. And if you’re freshening up the dog’s water bowl, don’t just throw the old water down the drain. You could also install an irrigation system from your home to your garden, but this is restricted in some areas. Be sure to check your local laws first.
Taking care of the garden and your wallet!
DIY edging/beds – Whether you want to grow your vegetables in raised beds or level with the ground, you can save money in your vegetable garden by doing some DIYs. You can easily DIY edging by using inexpensive materials like bricks, cinder blocks, wood logs, leftover scrap wood, etc. And building your own raised beds out of wood can save you $50+ per bed, compared with buying a raised bed kit.
Grow high-yield plants – The more a single plant produces, the less plants you’ll have to grow, and the less you’ll spend on your garden! So to save money in your garden, try to choose plants and varieties that yield a lot of produce, like tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers.
Buy in bulk – Bulk products are always cheaper per unit than conventionally sized ones! So if you know you can use it, consider buying bulk compost, bulk mulch, or even bulk seeds.
If you follow these money-saving tips, growing your own vegetables will be something that saves you money, not something that costs you money! So there you have it, 18 Ways To Save Money In Your Vegetable Garden.
How do you save money in your garden?