Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gardening is Frugal

Garden Anywhere

Now that Spring is here it is time to think about gardening. It doesn't matter if you have a large yard or a small patio or balcony you can have a garden.

Frugal Garden Containers

Gardening does not have to be expensive. Just about anything can be used as a container that will hold your vegetables, fruits and herbs.
  • Old Boots
  • 5 gallon Buckets
  • Clay Pots
  • Unused Children's' Pool
  • Rubbermaid Containers
  • Plastic Gallon Milk Jugs
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Plastic 55 gallon barrels cut in half
  • Old Tires
  • Plastic Coffee Containers
Make sure you have drain holes in the bottom of each of your containers. You do not want to drown your plants. This may take a little bit of drilling but it is all done in fun for what you are going to reap at the end of the growing season.

Note:  Make sure all of your containers are free of any chemicals, mold or other contaminants so your plants remain healthy and you are not poisoned. Do NOT use soup cans or other metal containers to grow your vegetables and herbs. The metal containers will rust and you do not want this rust to contaminate your food.

How Does Your Garden Grow

If you are a first time gardener you might want to think about growing a kitchen garden. This consists of herbs, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, beans and peas.

Start out small first then if you have enjoyed what you grew go larger the following year. I guarantee you will get the gardening bug. Not to mention growing your own herbs, vegetables and fruits is Frugal and you know you are eating fresh food.

Bringing Wildlife to your Garden

Gardening will bring Butterflies and Honey Bees to your garden. These insects are extremely beneficial in order to pollinate your plants. Through pollination your herbs and vegetables will grow and be healthy.

Last year on my Oregano plant a Black Swallowtail Butterfly had a great time in laying eggs and I ended up with more of these beautiful creatures. I was also able to create a photo journal e-book on the Life Cycle of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly. 

I was able to photograph the eggs, the 4 stages the pupa went through to the final stage of a chrysalis. 

2nd Pupal Stage
You and your children will have fun being able to witness nature at it's best when you bring these beauties into your garden.

I still have a chrysalis in my garage that I will put out when it gets warmer and I am hoping I will be able to witness the emergence from it's wintry home. 
Grow Fruits in Containers

Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries and Strawberries can all be grown in containers.  Not to mention these fruits are Perennial which means they come back every year. This is frugal as you only have to purchase a couple of plants one year and you are done. After two seasons all you have to do is re-pot your fruit bushes so they can grow a new root system yielding you more fruit.

There isn't anything you can't do as there isn't anything you can't learn. Gardening is not only frugal it is relaxing and enjoyable. You are able to have fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and salads all summer long.

Gardening Reduces Stress

When you have a garden either big or small and are tending to your plants you are reducing your stress. Reducing stress helps your blood pressure, reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke and boosts your immune system because you are happy. When you garden you think of nothing else but the plants you are nurturing not to mention there is nothing more relaxing than being outside and in nature.

So what do you want to plant this year? Let me know and let's discuss.

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