Plan a Low-Cost Vegetable Garden


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Read on or watch our video to find out how to plan a low-cost vegetable garden that won’t break the budget...

Budget Seeds and Plants

Try local seed and plant swaps. Remember, you’ll need to have something to swap in return.

Look out for special offers on seed supplier websites, both before and towards the end of the growing season.

Save your own seeds from heirloom (open-pollinated) varieties of vegetables such as tomatoes, beans and lettuce.

Feed Soil for Free

Make your own compost. Set up a compost pile in a sunny, sheltered, out-of-the-way corner of the garden. Use recycled pallets to make sides to keep it tidy.

Martin Ulfson
1/7/2019 6:29:29 AM

These are great tools when you want to plant on budget - looking forward for the winter to end to start gardening!

1/4/2019 11:51:00 AM

We had a lot of success approaching boarding stables for horses to get manure. They had big piles of it and were more than happy for us to take a truckload.

1/4/2019 9:17:25 AM

Some of these 'tips' are a shade optimistic! I've been in Maine for three years now. I had thought the local farmers (and there are lots of them) would be willing to share a small amount of the manure I see piled near their barns. Wrong! I only wanted a small amount for my vegetable garden. We have a very heavy, clay soil here. I've been composting all our kitchen waste--no 'proteins', of course. It has helped some but the manure would have helped so much more. They'd much rather spread it over their pasture lands than share 'any' with a neighbor!

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