How to Start a Garden Without Breaking the Bank
If you've ever wondered about starting your own garden or growing your own food, there are tons of reasons for it go wrong. Don't give up! There are lots of ways to grow vegetables and herbs in your own backyard. While building your dream garden can be quite expensive once you factor in construction for raised beds and acquiring soil and plants, you will be amazed by how much you can do with a few small planters and seeds.
Here are a few tips to get started:
1. Do your research - find out what's in season, make the space to start seeds (south-facing windows are great!), and commit to watering and transplanting. It takes a small amount of time and dedication every day to prepare seeds and starts for a full transplant into a mature garden space.
2. Start small - While it might be a dream of yours to fill your entire yard with veggies, expenses can rack up quickly. Plant herbs that you consistently use in a small planter in your kitchen. Set up a larger planter for your favorite vegetable in your yard. If you build your garden over time, you can hone your skills and spread out the startup cost.
3. Use local shops to your advantage - local libraries have seed swaps that work on the honor system. Most seed packets have much more than is needed for a personal garden. If you have extras, swap them for a new or interesting varietal someone else left behind!