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Smart gardening: Effective money-saving tips

Starting a fruit and vegetable garden comes with many benefits. It is already a given that fruits and vegetables contain higher nutrients that are great for the human body. Having a garden of these wonderful produce will also minimize your overall household expenses. That’s because you no longer need to buy these from the grocery.

Now that we got you psyched up about the wonders of having your own fruit and vegetable garden, just follow these tips and you’ll be harvesting the freshest, ripest produce from your backyard in no time at all:

  1. Research well

    You need to know the whats, whens, and hows in starting a garden. For that, you will need to hit the books and/or do some agricultural research. Since plants – like people – have different requirements, find the ones that will grow best in your area.
    In Texas, gardening is fairly easy due to the state’s Mediterranean-type climate. Consider the spring and summer season as the most ideal times for you to start planting your garden.

    There are so many fruits and veggies out there but you will want to go for those that provide the most nutrition at minimal cost and maintenance. Luckily, the most common vegetables grown in North Central Texas are also jampacked with all that healthy goodness. Just take a pick from the following: asparagus, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, eggplant, kale, lettuce, pepper, squash, and tomatoes.

  2. Gather your gardening tools and seeds

    No need to buy the latest newfangled tools for your garden – just stick to the basics. The essential items that you’ll need are:

    • Gloves
    • Shovel
    • Pruners
    • Hand trowel
    • Rake

    Plants grow from cuttings and seeds that can be easily bought from your local garden store. To save on cash, buy these during the off-season. If you have existing plants, set the seeds aside or cut a piece of the branch or stem. Fellow “green-minded” individuals from among family and friends may also be willing to share their own cuttings and seeds.

    If you’re not planting your vegetable garden directly on the ground, repurposed containers such as coffee tins, buckets, and old pans can save you money, as well. Just make sure that there are enough drainage holes on them.

  3. Spacing between plants counts

    A common mistake that first-time gardeners make is planting their crops too close to each other. Some plants like artichokes, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts need ample space to grow. On the other hand, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash can thrive in a small garden space.

  4. Make your own potting soil

    Learn to make your own potting soil! Simply combine ingredients like peat moss, compost, and perlite and you have rich soil that will work for growing seedlings. You can also mix in other organic stuff like coarse sand, vermiculite, and ground bark.

  5. Make your own compost

    One of the great things about compost is that you can make it yourself.
    Instead of buying at the store, just go DIY using a compost bin and a variety of items and food leftovers from your home. The key to good compost includes the use of biodegradable materials such as eggshells, fruit and vegetable scraps, leaf trimmings, grass clippings, organic manure, and even shredded paper.

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