Gardening on a Budget
It began with the rise of organic foods. People flocked to small health food stores and markets to grab only the freshest organic produce. Soon, it wasn’t enough for your tomato or baby bok choy to be natural or pesticide-free, but it also had to come from a local farm that adhered to strict sustainability practices. Now, more and more folks are leaving the markets behind and digging their backyard gardens to provide food for themselves, their families and their community.An organic online nursery is an excellent place to start.
For most, the idea of creating a backyard garden seems like a daunting and expensive task. The cost of equipment, soil, and time seem like such a waste just to grow a few measly fruits and vegetables. Most don’t realize that backyard gardening can be fun, inexpensive, and, most importantly, fruitful.
The best thing to have when beginning a garden also happens to be the cheapest: Knowledge. It’s easy to throw money away on beginner’s guides or how-to books, but the best source is from those who know it. Go to Craigslist or social networking site, find a community cultivation club and join up. Talk to friends who may want to start a garden but may not have space and collaborate to offset costs. As convenient as they are, that convenience comes with a price. Often a nursery is going to be the most expensive place for feed and seed. Scan Craigslist or the local paper for plant sales or farmer’s markets that might be selling seeds or transplants. The less time spent at nurseries means that's more money left over in your pocket.
Now you have your mind set on what you’re going to grow, you’ve gone out and got your seeds, and that means it’s tool time. It’s tempting to go out and buy the latest and greatest innovation in gardening science, but stick with the essentials: A hoe, a garden shear, a shovel, and a spading fork will get any garden blooming beautiful. Drive right on by those big box stores and opt for a local hardware store, classifieds or Craigslist for the best deals. Don't be afraid to buy used. It’s okay if your gardening equipment has seen a few summers.
There you go. You’re good to grow your new backyard garden.
Creeping Phlox is an inexpensive perennial that can cover a large area in a short amount of time.