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How to Start a Vegetable Garden with a Budget

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These tips for starting a vegetable garden at a budget will allow you to grow delicious vegetables that you can eat later.

There are many reasons to plant a vegetable garden. Although it is expensive to purchase the necessary tools, seeds, plants and equipment for a vegetable garden, it doesn’t have to be. These 6 tips will help you grow your own vegetable garden quickly and easily with minimal effort.


To get a clear picture of the vegetables you most frequently use and their cost, you will need to have your grocery receipts. You can save money by choosing the least expensive vegetables.

You can grow many vegetables to save money. My favorite is lettuce and salad leaves. A bag of salad leaves was $1.30, or 2 bags for $2 last week. We would typically use two bags of salad leaves per week, especially when the weather is hot. You can easily see how much money you will save by buying a bag of seeds for salad.

It is easy to grab a bag of seeds to mix up your salads, instead of just growing the same thing all the time.


Sowing your seeds in succession is the best way to make sure you have fresh vegetables all year. This will allow you to plant more than one week per week. It doesn’t work just for salad leaves. You can also reap the benefits of sown beetroot and carrots in succession, which will give you a fresh crop that you can enjoy for many months.

Most vegetables can be stored in a cool dark place. However, they taste better when picked fresh. Peas, for example, are great fresh from the pod and also work well in pots.


While this won’t be a quick money-saver, as compost can take up to three months to make, hot composting bins can cut down on the time it takes. It is also extremely rewarding.

You can make your own compost, which is a great way for your household to recycle and reuse more. You’ll be able to verify that your compost is indeed recycled. You don’t have to take your garden waste to the local recycling centers and then use fuel to get there. Simply put it in your composter to improve the quality of your vegetable gardening for the future.

It is easy to make your own compost. Tea bags, vegetable peelings and egg boxes can all be added to your composter. You can actually recycle a lot of things and turn them into compost, especially if your compost bin is available.


You can make a vegetable growing container out of just about anything

There is no need to spend huge amounts of money when you start a vegetable garden on a budget. It is possible to grow vegetables in containers, which can reduce your cost significantly. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on fancy new containers and pots.

A bucket, containers made from almost anything, an old wheelbarrow or even old cooking pans can all be used. Don’t forget to use grow bags and compost bags. You will find the best potatoes in bags. Why not grow other vegetables in bags too? It’s easy to do and makes your garden very portable. You should make sure you have drainage holes, or else your garden will become very wet.


Although buying vegetable plants is faster, it will take you longer to harvest your vegetables. However, it will be more expensive. Saving money by growing your own seeds will be a great way to save. You can save a lot of money by choosing seeds for vegetables you eat often and varieties that are easy to grow.

It is important to choose vegetables that can be grown quickly. For example, you can easily grow spinach and salad leaves from seeds in as little as 4 weeks. It doesn’t take much to grow vegetables in a small garden. You can easily grow peas and carrots in pots.


Many packets of seeds are much more than what you will need for the first year. In our first year of gardening, we planted enough tomatoes seeds to produce 480 tomatoes for a family with two. Make friends with neighbors, visit the allotments and ask your friends and family about their plants and exchange some seeds. This is a great way for you to meet other gardeners, and to broaden your knowledge.

If you keep seeds in a cool, dry place, they will last for at least 1-2 years.

You can swap your surplus vegetables if you have too many. We know from experience that too many zucchinis can make it difficult to eat another one. So, build your network of gardeners and start swapping seeds. You’ll be able to experiment with different vegetables, and your seed bank will grow.


It is easy to start a vegetable garden without spending too much. It’s easy to create a plan. This includes what you want to plant and how you intend to grow it. This is a great way to save money and enjoy the outdoors. If it works, you can even get your whole family involved.

Start small and expand your vegetable garden. Once you have a few good harvests, then you can start to grow more.

Sarah is a passionate vegetable gardener, and a keen consumer of her own produce. Sarah has grown vegetables on windowsills, in boxes, bags, raised beds, hanging baskets, and buckets. Lets Grow Cook is her blog about her experiences in edible gardening.

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