January 31, 2019

How to grow a low-cost vegetable garden

Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive! Follow these tips for a healthy and productive low-cost vegetable garden…

With everything that goes into growing a garden, from seeds and plants to pots, soil amendments, supports, and more, the costs can add up quickly. However, gardening doesn’t have to be expensive! In fact, it can be a very cost-effective way to grow food for your family – if you do it right.

While there may be some up-front costs (which can vary depending on your garden size and goals), once you have an established garden plot and a few basics, it can cost next to nothing to grow a fair amount of food each year – especially if you are resourceful with learning to do things like save your own seeds and make your own compost.

There are lots of other strategies for growing a low-cost vegetable garden as well, but even if you choose a more expensive layout for your garden, such as raised beds, your garden should pay for itself fairly quickly.

For example, while my husband and I did spend a few hundred dollars on cedar fencing planks to build our raised beds a couple of years ago (we split the cost over 2 years), but now that they are in place, we generally spend less than $100 per year in total on our garden, and by my estimates, we produce over $400-worth of vegetables each year, which makes it a very worth-while investment in my book!

The short video below explains how to plan a beautiful and productive vegetable garden to suit any budget.

 

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About the author 

Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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