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Growing your own vegetable garden doesn’t have cost you a lot. In fact, you don’t even need to rely on chemical products to ensure that your crops grow well. If you need help, we’ll teach you how to start an organic vegetable garden on a budget.
Pick the Right Vegetables to Grow
One way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your garden is to grow only the vegetables that you will surely use. Ask your family what vegetables they’d like to eat. In addition, assess how many plants of a certain vegetable is enough. Also, we recommend choosing vegetables that aren’t available in the local market at very low prices. Otherwise, it might not be worth both the effort and the cost.
In the case that you do have too many harvested crops, you can give them to your neighbors. Ideally, however, you should plan ahead to utilize the growing space in your garden. Speaking of space, you can try vertical gardening alongside the usual rows or beds. Some of the vegetables you can grow around trellises include asparagus beans, peas, sweet potatoes, peppers, and lettuce.
Here is a video about vertical gardening:
Share the Seeds
Even before you plant anything in your vegetable garden, you can already save money by asking a friend or neighbor if they would like to swap seeds. Usually, a single packet of seeds will have more than enough for a regular garden. To ensure that all of them are used, you can trade some seeds with those of another vegetable. Thus, you can save money while having a variety of vegetables to grow.
Be Creative with Containers
Instead of buying new plant containers, you can recycle the things that you already have. From tool boxes to old boots, there are a lot of objects that you can turn into containers. If it is too big, you can place cans in it before adding soil to the container. You can paint these recycled items if you want them to complement the look of your garden. Likewise, it’s important to create several holes at the bottom of the containers to allow adequate water draining.
Use Organic Fertilizer and Mulch
Fertilizing the soil helps your vegetables grow better. Instead of purchasing synthetic fertilizers, you can take advantage of animal manure. In particular, it’s best to collect manure from rabbits, chickens, and sheep since they consume plants. Similarly, you could make a compost pile using kitchen scraps except for meat products that result in a foul odor. Otherwise, your local gardening supply store should have organic fertilizers available.
Apart from an organic fertilizer, using mulch can help control weed infestations and fungal disease from harming your vegetable plants. In addition, a layer of mulch will give them moisture to grow. Some of the organic materials you can use for mulching include cocoa hulls, grass clippings, and straw.
Manage Pests through Natural Means
Pesticides are not something you’d want on your vegetable garden. In order to control pests, you just have to grow the appropriate plants and to attract pest-eating animals. For one, you can plant marigold flowers along the vegetable rows or beds. Apart from giving color to your garden, marigolds are known to deter squash bugs and mosquitoes because of their smell. Similarly, herbs with a strong smell such as lemongrass, rosemary, and catnip can deter pests.
In addition, there are plants that will make pest eaters visit your garden. Just by having a bowl of water near a half-buried pot, toads can find a place to stay while they eat pesky slugs. Also, young ladybugs also eat pests and they are attracted to plants such as coriander and golden marguerite.
Of course, you can also attract bug-eating birds by having a specific area in your garden where they can use twigs and shrubs for nesting. Chickadees can eat aphids, earwigs, and whiteflies while bluebirds consume beetles, larvae, and grasshoppers.
In conclusion, you can have an organic vegetable garden even if you have a tight budget. By carefully planning what you will plant and how you will do grow them, you can save a lot of money in the long run. We hope that our guide helped you out. If you have any questions, do send us a comment.
I’m Ann, I have dedicated most of my life in gardening. This is a subject I enjoy the most. I have been a fan of flowers and plants ever since I was a kid. Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter