Frugal Spring Garden Report
Last year our 3 raised beds grew so much food, we grew confidence in our ability, too.
Right now I'm digging new beds in the 4 corners of the yard. I'll plant climbing roses, blackberry and raspberry canes against the low trellises that fence the roving toddler. (I need all the prickly barrier I can get!) Then I'm direct seeding an herbal border at their edge: greens, parsley, basil, dill, etc. Practical and ornamental! The former herb spaces--now open in the raised beds--will be planted with more tomatoes and green beans.
I'm not alone in my spring fever. At dinner this weekend, my friends couldn't stop talking about raised beds. "Did you see the fancy octagonal sets at Costco?" "Oh, Home Depot sells a much more basic kit for $39."
Here are a few frugal alternatives for raised bed gardening:
- Cinder Block Gardens use concrete bricks to hold the soil in. Cheap, portable, no saw required!
- Salvage a kiddie pool for an instant raised bed.
- Raised ground beds use no materials other than carefully mounded soil.
- Lasagna gardening techniques help you fill (or mound) a planting area without a lot of prepared soil.
What to plant?
For a great free resource, check Little House In The Suburb's beginner garden plan, which tells you exactly how many seeds to put in each square. You can still find 4/$1 seed displays at Walmart and other discount stores until they sell out. I even spotted copies of Mel Bartholomew's All New Square Foot Gardening book for $5 at Dollar General. And of course, you can always make a stop by your local library for inspiration on the way home from the garden center!
What methods are you trying in your garden this year? Have you discovered a frugal new garden strategy you can share?