21 Money Saving Tips for the Organic Gardener

Organic gardening has several benefits such as improving soil health and more importantly producing free of toxics food and veggies. There are several tips to start an organic garden on budget.

  1. Choose plants that can well adapt to the climate of growing zone. Therefore, there will not any special care needed.
  2. Make sure that the planting area is not contaminated with lawn fertilizers and chemicals.
  3. Choose plants that have high yields and thus higher cost benefits. For instance tomato is a plant with high yield.
  4. Grow plants from seeds instead buying them from store.
  5. Regrow vegetables such as lettuce, celery, green onion, and mushroom from scraps.
  6. Use mulch to reduce the watering expenses as it helps the soil retain water for a longer time. It has also some other benefits including improving soil fertility and preventing unwanted plants to grow which means less weeding. Spread over a thin layer of mulch such as leaves, hay, and wood chips on the soil.
  7. Use dried fallen leaves as additional mulch during winter which also insulates plants.
  8. Use your recycle bin and yard waste a free alternative for mulch. You can use sheets of used newspapers, grass clippings, or used straws to spread over on the soil surface.
  9. Use newspapers to make seed starting pots instead of spending money to buy them.
  10. Use old paper sheets or cardboard to cover plants and protect them from overnight freezing and frosts.
  11. Collect rain water into barrels and use it for watering plants.
  12. Use the water used for boiling or steaming vegetables to irrigate plants.
  13. Make a watering can from an used plastic jug.
  14. Use eggshells as fertilizer and a suitable source of calcium for plants. Crumble eggshells and spread them around the plants. They will decompose quickly as they have a high surface area to volume ratio.
  15. Bone meals are excellent fertilizers for tomato plants. Clean them first and bake them in the oven for three hours. Then grind them into powder and use as fertilizer.
  16. Use leftover vegetable scraps, grass clippings, dry leaves, and used paper to make compost.
  17. Use leftover tealeaves and ground coffees as nutritious source for acid-loving plants.
  18. Make pest spray by mixing hot soapy water with chopped garlic and hot pepper.
  19. Put some barrels of water in the garden to attract frogs and insect-eating birds.
  20. Flatware such as serving spoons and forks which are not used anymore can be used as suitable tools for working in a small garden.
  21. Use flat stones with different sizes to write the name of plants on them and making natural plant markers.

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