Save money on groceries and produce with these 10 money saving ideas for beginner gardeners. Growing a vegetable garden is the perfect way to save money on groceries, but only if you know what you're doing! Don't waste money when you're only trying to save it. Keep reading for these important money saving ideas for beginner gardeners on a budget.
Growing a veggie garden is a fun and rewarding project for any beginner gardener or homesteader. Save time, and money on gardening this year and your grocery bill with these frugal veggie gardening ideas.
When I planted our first garden when we lived in the city, I spent $500 plus dollars for soil, seeds, seed starters and all the gimics only to end up with a handful of tomatoes and a few beans.
Talk about disappointing, that's the last thing I want beginner vegetable gardeners like you to experience. Since then I've learned a few things and now have more than enough food to feed my family and preserve that I'm able to sell or give most away!
Here's my 10 money saving ideas for beginner gardeners like you!
MONEY SAVING IDEAS FOR BEGINNER GARDENERS ON A BUDGET
Planting a vegetable garden is often our first hand experience of feeling like a real homesteader. Do you have a large garden plot, raised beds, or container planting? Even if you are planting a vegetable garden for the first time, these tips will help you save money on your grocery bill.
Here on the ranch, we have a large fenced in garden plot and use the lasagne method to keep our soil rich. By the end of the summer, our vegetable garden is over grown and our days are filled with harvesting, eating, selling and preserving our crops. Then we put the garden to bed for
the winter. Here are some of the things we've learned to save money on our vegetable garden, I hope you find inspiration as you plan your vegetable garden this year.
1.PLANT FROM SEED
Seeds are a fraction of the cost as seedlings. Some vegetables plants that grow easy from seed are those you can just throw into the soil and get a return without having to transplant and “baby.”
I often have the most success with starting peas, lettuces, squash varieties, carrots, beets and corn from seeds
Plants like tomatoes, onions and peppers I find do better from seedlings.
2.SAVE MONEY ON SEEDS
This winter I snagged heirloom seeds for 75% off in December. Nurseries have to discount seeds from previous growing years because companies can no longer stand by the germination rates.
BUY IN BULK
BUY IN THE WINTER
ACCESS A SEED LIBRARY
BUY SEEDS AT THE DOLLARSTORE
3. GROW WHAT YOU EAT
We've found that growing vegetables that grow easily and quickly is your best bet to save money. Look at how much they are at the grocery store and determine if it's worth the effort to grow.
Think about what your family currently eats a lot of that you could take off the grocery list by planting at home. There's no point in growing rows of lettuce if you don't often eat salad.
4. PLANT EASY TO GROW VEGETABLES
Don't waste your time growing vegetables that are hard to grow for beginners, especially if they are cheaper to buy at the grocery store than the time dedicated to growing them. You can save time and money by planting veggies that are easy to grow and also expensive to buy from the grocery store during growing seasons.
5.Sell extra seedlings
Often I've noticed in the spring a lot of people starting seeds indoors and selling the plants online or hosting their own plant sale in peak growing season. With the profit you'd make on your extra plants that you won't need for your family you've more than made back your seed cost. Read here my how to guide for hosting a plant sale.
6.Use recycled materials
Use recycled materials for planting necessities. For seed trays try egg cartons, yogurt containers instead of all the expensive gimmicks you purchase from your local garden store. I've found I've spent way to much on seed trays and soil pucks.
Also starting seeds in a larger pot then spreading them out into smaller pots once they've germinated can be one way of using less plastic to start seeds.
7.Purchase heirloom seeds
Saving seeds at the end of the growing season saves time and money for the next year. To ensure that you can save seeds at the end of the growing season, you'll need to make sure they are heritage, heirloom non goo seeds.
You can even buy them in bulk and packages to really save. Check out this survival seed pack!
Some public libraries also have a seed exchange library where gardeners can access free seeds with the deal of returning more at the end of the year to the seed bank.
Either way you'll end up spending less and most likely having excess vegetables than if you were to purchase your veggies from the grocery store all summer long.
8. PLANT A NO TILL GARDEN BED
There are a number of ways to plant a veggie garden, in pots, containers, raised bed and even hanging baskets. The most efficient and least expensive is a no till organic garden bed straight on the grass. Yes, planting right on the grass using the Lasagne Method or Back to Eden Garden bed method.
Read about how to build a lasagne garden bed here.
Good luck and and have fun eating more veggies- for free!
9. GROW EASY TO PRESERVE FOODS
THese are the vegetables I always plant for easy preserving in the fall like Zucchini, tomatoes and pumpkins.
Read our complete guides below
10. USE OUR VEGGIE GARDEN WORKBOOK
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