My Frugal Life: My Garden Costs Almost Nothing

I love gardening but it can be very costly. It seems its no longer done to save a dime on groceries, but as a recreational sport, which has translated into a thriving industry of expensive goods and services. My Frugal LifeFor someone living frugally, it defeats the purpose of trying to feed myself out of the garden when it would cost more to do so, than to go to the grocery store and just buy the veggies! I have spent very little on my gardening, taking advantage of our local craigslist and freecycle (a yahoo based group). I have been given plants, seeds, pots, trellises, netting, mulch, hanging planters, tomato stakes and cages, and yes, even a gazebo! And out of it, I have also gained friends! This year's garden cost me almost nothing and yet I will have the best harvest of produce and friendship than I ever had!

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By Teah from Campbell, Ohio

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July 1, 20100 found this helpful

Yes, I remember gardening by cuttings - people sharing their plants, from when I was a kid. It still works!

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July 1, 20100 found this helpful

I love plant swaps, a great way to save money and find some interesting plants. In fact, one plant swap got me hooked on fragrance. Makes me wonder why I bought some roses that are not fragrant, seems like a waste! Here's a good link on adding fragrance to a garden.

http://www.oldhouseweb.com/gardening/Detailed/816.shtml

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July 6, 20100 found this helpful

If everyone who reads your essay shares just one thing with another gardener, you will have started something wonderful!

Thanks.

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July 6, 20100 found this helpful

For tomatoes every year, I throw the rotting, or split fruit on the ground. The next spring I get a lot of volunteers sprouting.

It will work with other veggies also. I have had pumpkins, broccoli, and other seeded veggies come back.

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