As more and more people turn to organic food as an alternative to eating out and buying pesticide-soaked crops, more people are also showing interest in growing their own food. After all, living a purely organic lifestyle is not as easy on a budget as buying regular food off the shelf.
Surely, starting your own little food garden at home would save you the cost of a grocery trip because you can just pluck tonight’s dinner and tomorrow’s lunch right out of your own backyard. Right?
However, a lot of new home gardeners are surprised to find that growing their own food turns out to be an even more expensive venture than just buying your vegetables and fruits from the supermarket or at a farmers’ market.
As it turns out, it takes a lot of start-up money just to get your first produce out of your organic garden, let alone let it thrive amidst the threats of bad weather, pests, and other wildlife!
But before this can turn you off the idea of organic gardening, you have to know that organic gardening should not cost you an arm and a leg. With the right planning, some creativity, some hard work, and a desire to save money, you should be saving big bucks from your fresh produce expenses. Find out from the tips below how to save while growing your own food:
1. Pick your crops wisely. One of the most common mistakes that newbie organic gardeners make is planting the wrong crops. The crops may be (a) wrong for the season, (b) wrong for your soil, (c) too delicate and too demanding for a newbie, (d) the yield is too high for the amount you eat it. Check out these pointers before putting that plant on your gardening list!
2. Use online discount providers. You can take advantage of a host of online discount providers to ensure you get every kick for your buck. You can find Garden Trading discount codes in a variety of places and it’s always a good idea to look around and get the best deal.
3. Get as much free stuff as possible! Many farmers give away their manure for free. Others give away their hay, straws, dried twigs, and dried leaves for free as well. Find out if there are ways you can get free stuff for your garden - whether it’s free wood for fencing or free composting stuff. You’re saving people from garbage and helping your garden grow - there’s no harm or shame in that!
4. Diversify your crops. One of the most basic tricks in creating a pest-free garden is intercropping and diversifying your crops. By adding multiple types of plants in your plot, you are making it harder for pests to attack just one kind of crop. It would help to plant natural deterrents like strong-scented marigolds and herbs like basil to shoo away pesky critters from your garden.
5. Plant only what you can consume. Unless you’re planning to start an organic vegetable shop, there’s really no reason to plant like you plan to do so. Save yourself the exhaustion of planting more than you can consume. A smaller plot will always be a cheaper investment - of money, time, and energy. This is also the reason why it is important to include plants that you can preserve or freeze for the post-harvest season.
6. Recycle whenever possible. Do you really need to buy fancy planters and compost bins? Is there a need to buy new wood every time you start a new bed? Save on the costs of organic gardening by recycling at every opportunity! Plant recyclable crops too! Mint, for instance, only needs to be planted once. As soon as it’s taken root and is stable enough, you can trust that this annual will keep coming back every season.
And finally, organic gardening, like anything else that promises a satisfactory result, requires time and effort to succeed. Work on it as diligently as you can - the earth will reward you!