3 INDOOR GARDEN Tricks to Save Money for Early Indoor Planting

by - February 10, 2018

We all have a little green thumb (whether we imagine it, want it badly, or it comes natural). And when it's coming up to the last leg of winter, even the snow-loving people long to see some green buds. So why not start your own window-garden? There are lots of both vegetables and flowers that actually need 6-8 or even (like Hibiscus flowers) 12 weeks to grow indoors before transplanting.

Gardening might seem like a low-cost hobby...don't let it fool you. If you're like me, then you probably go a little wild and splurge on seeds. After buying out Walmart's flower section, you then look at the vegetables (which, if Organic are like $2.00+ a packet) and can easily jump over $20 on seeds alone, for a small garden.

We have a nice, mini farmette, with a few rows for assorted veggies. Generally we might start some plants inside. But almost anyone, no matter the space, can raise up their own Hibiscus bush on a sunny deck or tomato vine on an outdoor trellis; or herb garden by the widow.

So here's 3 helpful tips to get your in-home garden below budget.

1.Collecting last year's seeds. . One flower my Mom and I have successfully grown by our own seeds is the famous Marigold. This  particular one is very easy to collect from (and as we all know) grows like a weed. A bonus of keeping Marigolds around, besides their bright beauty, is the scent they omit, which prevents certain unwanted garden bugs. After their buds have bloomed and are still petaled, you can pluck off the tops. Open them up (the seeds will bounce off at you from inside the bud. They're black+white) and dry them on paper towel, then store in a cool, dry place until planting.

This is my first year reseeding other vegetables and plants, and I'm so excited! I can't wait to see how it turns out. When I found out about harvesting your own seeds, it seemed like a no-brainer option and I can't wait to experiment.

2.Recycling old containers is another great way to save money. We literally have a pile of old salad, hummus, yogurt, jam, and peanut butter jars and containers that we reuse for anything needed. They can be really handy, and, why not re-purpose something you've already paid for? In the way of gardening, a cardboard egg carton can take the place of starter pots for young sprouts, and a large salad container for it to sit in works like a champ for a mini greenhouse. Here are 3 tips I learned for mini greenhouses:

1. Have a bigger pot/container ready for your plants -- if they gets to big, they'll die.
2. Set it in the sun, and don't over-water. Keeping the lid closed holds in the heat and also creates condensation, which waters most of the plants.
3. Let some fresh air in at times. Otherwise mold might be an issue.

3.Composting. Fertilizer can be expensive and very often dangerous (what you feed your plants is what, eventually, you are going to eat). Since I was a little, my family has always had a composting pile outside that we add to regularly. Inside, we have a little stainless-steal bucket that holds egg shells and other compostable materials like orange rinds, tops of pineapples, apple cores, etc (never leave a compost bucket open; ants are attracted to it like they are to sugar). Adding leaves and dirt in fall helps to turn this into a rich compost that grows plants beautifully, and the best part, organically.

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  1. I love gardening! These look like some great ways to save money!


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