I hear so many people talk about how much it costs to garden. WHAT? You can garden for almost free. Yes, you can. Using what you have, trading seeds, keeping seeds, making your own compost and fertilizer and plating where you can and in all kinds of vessels.
Heirloom may cost a bit more - but know that you can keep the seed from your produce to use next year and the year after and will get exactly the same thing.
If you don't use heirloom and save seed - you get plants and produce, but it may not be what you think it will be.
You can start plants early and use various things as mini greenhouses. Trash can be a wonderful thing in all aspects of gardening!
There was a conversation on here with Frances the other day. Her homeowner's association says no planting garden out front. You can plant lettuce, cabbage, kale, and greens and most root crops and no one would know!!!! Plants are plants!
You can start seeds in your own little 'peat' pots. No need to buy them. Use newspaper to make little pots - which are then plant-able as well and will rot into the ground. You can also use those little cardboard egg cartons. Sections can be planted as well (not foam).
My brother uses the tubes from toilet paper or paper towels (cut to size). Trash working for you!
I have seen people use their soup/veg cans to start plants. Poke a few holes for drainage and plant.
Tables scraps can become fertilizer of sorts - it is called compost. NO you don't have to have a compost pile out in your yard. Use those ice cream buckets or a plastic coffee can - throw in your coffee grounds, crushed egg shells, tea bags, etc. Scraps from veggies and fruit - work as well. You can actually place peels of about anything in the blender first (lessens volume) and use it as well. All this adds nutrients to your soil and your plants. Boil eggs or potatoes or other veggies? Cool that water and use that on plants as well.
Fertilizer - no need to buy. You can make your own version of Miracle Gro. So easy.
You can plant in those flower beds, you can also use pots, buckets, and any worn out vessel for planting. Pots can often be found on neighborhood swaps. Use what you have.
Plant something and put on your patio or veranda or balcony. Can you grow houseplants? Then you can grow some items on a window seal or on a table that gets light.
You can even buy a bag of soil - slice it open down the middle and then across each end (like an I) and plant directly in the bag - no pot needed. Shallow root plants will grow fine that way.
You can also regrow food!!!!! Many people only use the green part of green onions and place the white part in water and regrow. I have always eaten the entire green onion - to me the onion IS the white part! I buy onion sets to plant. But in the winter I do use the regrow system some.
You can grow bunch lettuce and even cabbage. I get Romain or other bunch lettuce and when I have cut off the leaves - I scrape that bottom part (where it was cut off) a little (to open pores) and restart in water. Once it roots - you can plant. Same with cabbage. NEVER pull cabbage plants entirely out of the garden! Cut off the heads and it regrows many baby heads (as does broccoli)!!
Celery is another great regrow item. Start that bottom end in water (using same method as above) - once rooted you can plant.
I have never tried - but have heard that you can plants dry beans (that you buy to cook).
So you CAN grown something and trust me, today anything you can grow, will save you money. It will probably be healthier as well - as you know where it is grown and it will be fresh!!!
Use what you have and start some plants or start a little patio garden this year.
Trash can be a wonderful thing in many, many ways. It can give you seeds, pots, compost, fertilizers, pots - FOOD!
Doesn't get much better than that!