Friday, May 15, 2009

Frugal Living Friday: Doing Your Own Garden Starts

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By planting your own garden starts you can save a lot of money! I started doing this myself last year and it is much easier than you would think. Last year I saved around $50 by doing my own starts instead of buying the plants at the nursery.

I save all the containers that I previously have bought with flowers, veggies, etc. and I use those for my seeds. I first plant them in the smallest containers (like you buy flowers in packs of 4 or 6) and then when they get to be 4-5 inches tall I transfer them to larger containers so they can grow to their maximum potential. Just look how my starts this year are doing so far:

This year I planted 4 tomato plants ( 2 roma, cherry, beefsteak) marigolds, watermelon, tomatillo, 2 green peppers, 2 kinds of jalapenos, basil, rosemary, and nasturtium. Everything else I plant I will do from seed. I may still purchase a few plants but with what I have done on my own here it will save me quite a bundle!

Remember my post awhile ago about gardening? The method I use is called Square Foot Gardening. It is perfect for small areas. In that post look at my garden from last year. I grew almost ALL of that myself...either from seed or doing my own starts!

It might be a little late to do your own starts this year, but think about it for next year. It is worth it.


April said...

Marne, all of my tomato starts are only about 1/2 inch tall...they stopped growing. I don't know what to do- they are still green- and so I am hoping they start up you know what happened? My broccoli seems to be somewhat ok- it has been in the garden for almost a month and they haven't changed much either- I swear nothing goes right- I don't know why I try sometimes- but I just wait and hope that they will actually grow...

Marne said...

If it makes you feel better April I killed my broccoli start somehow. Oh well. As for your tomatoes did you transplant them to larger containers? I have one tomato plant I left in the small container I started it with, the others I put into larger containers when they got to be 4-5 inches tall. You can see how those took off! But my other tomato plant is still only 4 inches tall, a teeny little thing. If you didn't put them in larger containers that is my guess why.

It's all a learning process...

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