Jaipi Sixbear is an established author of hundreds of helpful online articles. Jaipi learned to garden at an early age. She has old and new tips and tricks for growing your best garden ever.
You can never save enough money in the garden. It’s such an expensive hobby. Sure, the actual vegetables are free. Still, it’s not exactly free to grow them, is it? Still there are ways to get around that. Here’s a few more ideas you might like:
Use empty soup cans with the tops and bottoms removed as budget friendly seedling protectors. Insert these free garden helpers partially into the planting hole prior to planting seeds. The protruding part will protect the growing seedling.
Glass jars serve as natural greenhouses for starter pants that need protection. Place them upside down over smaller plants. They double as hail protection in the spring monsoon season too.
Kitty litter buckets make wonderful bucket gardens. Placing them inside your raised beds saves soil without compromising garden space. Keep a few of these on hand for hail protection too. Inverting them over plants takes just a few seconds when a storm rolls in.
If you’re not a coffee drinker but want free grounds for garden compost, collect grounds from the work coffee pot. Just bring in a lidded container with a note attached and place it next to the coffee pot. Some coffee houses also give away free grounds.
Old pantyhose are great for making free green manure tea fertilizer. Just fill the legs with garden compost. Dunk up and down in a bucket of water. This budget fertilizer drink is great for plants.
You can also use pantyhose to store onions. Just fill them up, one onion at a time, knotting in between. Hang them in a cool, dry place.
Don’t want to bring garden dirt inside? Just slip a bar of soap into the cut off leg of an old pair of hose. Tie your free budget “soap on a rope” to the outside garden water tap. It’s great for washing and scrubbing mud caked gardening hands.
Got an old laundry tub hanging around? Attach your garden hose to it for an outdoor garden sink. Use it to wash mud and insects from produce before bringing it in the house.
Laundry tubs make great planters too. They already have drainage!
A discarded or broken kiddie pool or plastic tub makes a free container garden. Just poke a few holes in the bottom for drainage and you’re good to go. You can bury it up to the rim if you’re concerned with appearances.
You should never discard anything in the home or garden until it has outlived its usefulness or can’t be used for another purpose. You just never know when it might save you a dollar or two!