Money-saving ideas for frugal gardeners

Gardening: Frugal Tips & Tricks

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Summer Garden Maintenance Savings

Pauline Milner

Your garden needs special care during the hot summer months. Use these tips to maintain it for less.

Havesting Basics You Need to Know

Laura Foor

When cooler cooler weather approaches, it's time for you to start thinking about harvesting. Knowing these harvesting basics can save you 15% on your food budget.

  • A Labor Saving Garden

    Debra Karplus

    You can garden even if you're in a wheelchair!

    Indoor Gardening On The Cheap

    Krystal Brown

    They want $500 or you could do it for $50 yourself. Here's how.


    Rent a Garden Plot

    Debra Karplus

    Not all households are able to accommodate a backyard vegetable garden. Your property may lack space or sunlight or have some other issue that would make gardening a challenge. Apartment, condo, or townhouse residents may not have a backyard at all. So, what can be done?

    5 Summer Gardening Secrets

    Kathy Woodard

    Summer is finally here, and with it comes some lazy hours to spend toiling in our yards and gardens. Save time and money with these 5 gardening ideas. These tips are easy on the budget and leave time for sitting in the shade with a glass of lemonade!

    Hay Bale Gardens

    Tracy Godsey

    Raised bed gardens are a great solution for growing plants if you can't bend easily, your dirt is poor, or you don't even have soil. But if the cost of construction supplies like wood and nails won't leave much room in your budget for gardening supplies, consider using a hay bale garden instead.



    5 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

    Johnny Gunn

    In late winter or early spring, it's time to start garden preparation. This short list can make spring and summer that much more productive in your garden and, of course, your pantry.

    Gardening on a Dime

    Tawra Kellam

    Growing your own plants can not only save you lots of money on your grocery bill, but a nice landscape can improve the value of your home. If you're creative, you can have a great garden with very little cost.

    A Frugal Lawn & Garden

    Barb Hacker

    How much money do you spend on lawn care every year? For the cost of lawn mowing, fertilizing, pest control and watering, you could put a child through college. Here are some tips to cut the costs and create a healthier outdoor environment.

    Guerilla Gardening: Getting Plants on the Cheap

    Jeff Yeager

    Free plants are the lifeblood of the frugal gardener. There are 3 ways to get plants for free: You can make them, steal them, or someone can give them to you. The frugal gardener employs all three methods.


    Gardening for (Almost) Nothing

    Pat Veretto

    Whether you have a coffee can full of compost or a thousand acres of farmland to garden, you can grow at least some of your own food for much less than you'd pay for it. In some instances, you can for free.

    Get a Jump on Gardening Overhead

    M. Carole Wyatt

    One humorist joked that he spent $68 to grow one tomato. This is believable if he bought all his gardening supplies retail. Instead, start your garden inside with seeds.



    Raised Beds on the Cheap

    Susan McCanless

    Gardening Tips from Yesteryear

    Sandy Williams Driver

    The Growth of Gardening

    Shaunna Privratsky

    Gardening on a Budget

    Arzeena Hamir

    Summer Heat and Your Garden

    Don Trotter

    Gardening for Cheap

    Pat Fish


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