Saving Money on Gardening Costs – Part 1
Saving Money on Gardening Costs
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As the seasons change, our thoughts turn toward the growing outdoors around us. Nature fairly bursts with explosions of growth in the spring. A great way to take advantage of the natural outburst of growth in the spring is to plant vegetables to eat. It isn’t hard to do, and you can save money by growing your own vegetables.
The calendar says mid-March and here in Western New York, and there is a gentle light snow falling outside. Why would I be thinking about growing vegetables now? It’s so cold, and the last average frost date is not for about another month or more. I can’t possibly be gardening outside now in the snow and ice!
As a frugal-minded person, I know that now is the time to start my seedlings to put outside when it gets warmer. By growing my own seeds, I can sharply cut the costs of growing vegetables. There are techniques to this, and I’m here to share my years of experience in growing vegetable seeds the CHEAPEST and BEST ways I know.
The first thing you’ll need is potting soil. I don’t know any way to get around having to buy potting soils of some type, although in future segments here, I will show you free ways to get fertilizers and soil amendments. I don’t really want to buy potting soil, but I can’t actually create it from my property. That’s why I recommend using Miracle Gro potting soil. Over almost 35 years of starting plants from seed, no other brand of potting soil has ever beat it overall.
I use Miracle Gro for my seed starting needs. I buy the large bag because it is more economical to buy the largest bag. Years ago, I bought it at a local outlet of a big box store, but recently, Amazon has begun offering it online with free shipping. I take advantage of this because the soil is heavy. We have a large vegetable garden, and I grown dozens of plants every year. I usually need to buy a bag every other year, so I store the bag in the shed until the next year.
There are reasons, pro and con, for using Miracle Gro. I find that it is a perfect product to start seeds reliably. It is light enough so that it doesn’t weigh down the seeds and the absorbent nature of Miracle Gro keeps the seeds and the baby seedlings held in moisture – as long as you water slowly and gently. Water doesn’t run through; water absorbs and held by the seed and the roots as they develop.