1. Free Seeds
What ?! people will give you sees for nothing ? Yes,that is right currently, Heinz are doing a promotion in the UK and Ireland where you can win free tomato seeds – mine arrived the other day.
All you have to do is follow the instructions here and hopefully you will have seedlings like this in a few weeks.
Another company doing this is Quickcrop – they are Irish and I love their site (no I am not affiliated with them, just a fan ) If you sign up for their newsletter they send you Oriental Salad seeds, ours grew like wildfire last year and were great in salads.
2. Try a Seed swap –
If there are a few of your friends or family growing veg this year why not host a Seed Swap .No one who grows vegetables at home need 100 tomato plants or 50 Brussel Sprouts.So if you have leftover seeds why not swap them with a friend for a new variety. I got the most amazing seeds from my brother of unusual colour veg and gladly shared them with a friend of ours who is getting started, admittedly I ended up with trout in this swap rather than seeds but it was gorgeous for dinner.
You can print out my handy printable seed packets to use in your swap.
3. Try growing from Scraps
I have already talked about growing from scraps here in this post. It really can save the pennies.
These plants below are the garlic plants I started a month ago. They are growing amazingly well and I should get four bulbs of garlic all from a leftover bulb in the fridge.
The scallions and lettuce are also doing well if I can keep them safe against the many slugs in my garden. Slug Wars continues, read here if you want to check out my battle against the slime.
4.Shop the bargain bins
Get plants that are being gotten rid of a lot of supermarkets do special offers of plants at this time of year.
Aldi and Lidl do veg and herb packs but they haven’t the facilities to keep them watered. This means after a few days plantss look decidedly wilted and past their best. It is then the supermarket slashes the price to shift them.
I got this pack of six herbs last week for half price. Some of the specimens in the shop were beyond saving but some were fine with a bit of water and TLC . Pick the best looking plants.
5.Make your own garden labels –
It is so easy to do and there are so many lovely examples around the internet. I used old lolly sticks,having a weakness for Real Fruit Splits I have collected a few weeks. Paint your lolly sticks with chalk paint and stamp or write on your plant names.
Make sure you varnish them with outdoor varnish to protect them
You will have lovely labels to help identify plants and make the garden pretty.
6. Make your own compost –
- Start with a bare patch of soil. This is so worms and things can get into your pile and do their job as only they can.
- Then put a layer of twigs and Straw next this helps to keep the pile aerated
- start adding Veg scraps and grass clippings and eggs shells and old teabags and old plant clippings
- layer it with dry materials like straw and sawdust pellets ( I use the rabbits old bedding), newspaper, cardboard
- DO NOT add meat scraps it attracts vermin and don’t add diseased plants.
- Cover the pile with plastic to keep it warm and not too wet.
- turn over with a fork every couple of weeks, to get lovely compost next year.
- Get My Free 50 things you can Compost Printable HERE
Hope these Frugal Gardening tips help you get started in your garden with very little outlay.
If you want any seeds and are in Ireland let me know and I can send you some.
You can find all of my gardening posts here
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