How To Start A Garden On A Budget

Grow your own food without breaking the bank. Starting a garden can be a great way to save money on groceries, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many ways to start a garden on a budget, and with a little planning, you can have your own homegrown vegetables in no time.

There are many reasons why people start gardens. Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • To save money on groceries. Growing your own food can be a great way to save money on groceries, especially if you choose vegetables that are relatively easy to grow.
  • To have fresh, homegrown vegetables. There’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh, homegrown vegetables. When you grow your own food, you know exactly where it came from and how it was grown.
  • To get exercise. Gardening is a great way to get exercise. It’s a low-impact activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels.
  • To connect with nature. Gardening can be a great way to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty of the outdoors. It can also be a relaxing and therapeutic activity.
  • To teach children about where food comes from. Gardening is a great way to teach children about where food comes from. It can help them understand the importance of eating healthy and taking care of the environment.
  • To enjoy the satisfaction of growing something from seed to harvest.┬áThere’s a great sense of satisfaction that comes from growing something from seed to harvest. It’s a rewarding experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Before starting your garden, you need to consider the layout. Some plants do not grow well next to each other. There’s a lot to consider, but Ace’s guide to Design A Garden Layout.

Garden on a Budget: Step-By-Step Guide

Before diving into all the details on how to start a garden on a budget, it’s important to start small if you are new to gardening. It may seem silly, but a lot happens throughout the growth cycle, and its different for every plant. Starting small with plant a hardy plant variety will make sure your garden is a big success.

Gardening is a simple hobby. The steps to growing a garden both indoors and out are easy and can be done nearly for free.

Low Budget Garden Supplies

  • Shovel – You need a shovel to dig out root systems of weeds that make their way into your garden. They also help keep your hands and clothes clean while planting and harvesting. There isn’t a great budget alternative to a hand shovel, but your shovel doesn’t need to be expensive to work. You can get this hand shovel and trowel set on Amazon (aff) for less than $15. If you keep them clean this set will last for many years.
  • Pruning Shears – A good set of pruning shears is a gardeners best friend. Pruning is an important part of gardening, and your do-it-all pruning shears will save you time and energy as long as you clean them after each use. If you are growing lettuce a wide pruning shear is a must. That’s why many people use scissors as their budget alternative.
  • Watering Can – No matter which fruits, vegetables or flowers you decide to grow in your garden, they need water to survive. Read Ace’s guide on How To Water Vegetables for specifics. A budget alternative to a watering can is a gallon jug with holes poked through the lid. Small nails make great hole pokers, just be careful!

Indoor Garden Supplies

  • Grow Bags – You need something to plant your garden in. Grow bags or pots are perfect for indoor setups. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on pots and bags to grow in, cut open milk cartons and plant in there. Just remember to poke a few holes in the bottom for drainage of excess water.
  • Grow Lights – The best cheap alternative to a grow light is the sun. You can save money by moving your grow bags into the sun each day, or place them in a sunny window. For large indoor garden setups an LED grow light is a must have item.

If you enjoyed this guide on how to start a garden on a budget, consider making Ace’s guide to Urban Gardening your next read.

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