Having a vegetable garden might seem like a fun way to be practical, especially with the rise in food prices and all. But the cost of planting and maintaining a vegetable garden can be a bit expensive as well.
You shouldn’t let that stop for pursuing your passion for gardening. Here are some pointers on how to start a vegetable garden at home even when you’re on a strict budget.
1. Plant Seeds, Not Seedlings
We know some people choose to plant seedlings instead of seeds because they want to see the plant grow in its mature form a lot faster.
This is especially true for the case of beginners because they are excited to have their first full-grown plant. However, in terms of growth, there’s not much difference between a seed and the seedling.
We suggest you plant seeds because they are bought much cheaper and can come in packages. For instance, a seedling may cost you about $3 each. With a seed package, however, you can already purchase a whole bunch of them for the same amount you paid for the one seedling.
2. Try To Ask For Cuttings From Your Neighbors
After reading point number one, we’re pretty sure you’ve already decided that planting from seeds is the most cost-efficient method for a vegetable garden.
This, however, isn’t a universal rule. There are plants that you either can’t grow from seeds. It’s either that or the chances of the plant making it to its mature stage is quite low.
With that, it won’t hurt to grow your plants from cuttings as well. But it depends on the kind of plant you want to grow. For instance, blueberries and dogwood trees are rarely grown from seeds. If you want them to grow healthily, you might as well ask your neighbors for some cuttings. Not only will you be cutting down on cost, but you are also surer that your plant will have a likelier chance of growing to its full potential.
3. Recycle And Repurpose Your Equipment
We talk about plants and seedlings all the time, but in reality what really makes vegetable gardening so costly is the equipment. In this case, we recommend recycling your tool at home.
Buying a new container or shovel may seem exciting and will surely make you more ecstatic to get on with gardening, but it doesn’t decide your level as a gardener.
What defines you as a gardener is how gorgeous your vegetable garden is. A beautiful garden can be easily achieved even without using too much financial resources.
You could visit your garage and look through items you once called junk. You never know. Maybe you can repurpose these items into something useful for your vegetable garden.
4. Go For Organic Soil
You’ll see lots of soil for sale in the market. Sellers will tell you all about their soil is the best kind for your vegetable garden.
While its true that these types of soil are already equipped with the nutrients necessary to keep your vegetables healthy, there are still microorgnisms that can only be found in organic soil.
It may take you a while to master the kind of soil you want for your garden, but it’s all worth it end the because you will be able to customize your soil whenever you want. Plus, the cost of the soil will be much cheaper as well.