Don't Cut Corners in your Veggie Garden!You Can Be Frugal and Successful!
There are a lot of ways to cut corners in the garden to save money. Buying garden supplies such as containers, watering cans, etc from a second-hand store is one way. Building your own raised garden beds or trellises is another.
But there are five categories of gardening items that you definitely should not skimp on. Here's the list.
I've learned this lesson the hard way. Seed trades over the internet seem like a good idea to save money until you find out later that the seeds are old and don't even germinate. Even worse can be the trade seed packets that are mismarked.
You don't want to end up planting what was marked as a “Space Saver Cucumber” in a matching small pot only to find out mid-season that it was really more like an “Intimidator Cucumber" and have to replant it later.
Unfortunately by the time you find out the seed packet was mismarked, it could be too late to get the seeds you wanted and start again that season.
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The top seed companies are popular for a reason. Their seeds are more expensive, but it's well worth the money to get what you wanted and to know that they are fresh. Leave the seed trades for some fun garden experiments and not anything you are counting on.
Starting out with healthy well-draining soil will give you the best chance at growing healthy plants. If you're reusing container soil from last year, make sure you refresh the soil.
For a detailed article on refreshing last year's potting soil, click here.
For a detailed article on soil amendments, click here.
Like any other endeavor, quality tools are important. You can save money by buying tools like rakes or shovels second-hand, but for those tools that actually touch your plants, snippers, lopers, and hand tools, spend the money on the quality ones. If you keep them cleaned and oiled before you store them over the winter, they will last a long time.
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