Savings Secrets: How to start gardening without spending a lot


Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to play in the dirt again. I just love turning the soil and planting some beauties for harvesting later in the year. 

Gardening can seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it, but it can actually be a pretty frugal venture with great return if you do it right. 

1. Keep it simple. If you’ve never done any kind of gardening before, then keep things simple by focusing on 3-4 plants this year. A lot of times we set ourselves up for failure by taking on too much when it comes to gardening. 

Check out this ultimate resource for getting ready for spring plantings.
2. Focus on herbs to start out with
. Perhaps you’re not ready to take on a full acre of plant-life. That’s cool, neither am I –  and I’ve been gardening for a few years now. Starting out with growing just a few herbs indoors is a great way to get your fingers dirty when you want to start gardening. Stick to herbs you know you will probably use in some upcoming recipes: basil, cilantro, oregano, chives, etc…

3. If you’re ready for more, try your hand at container gardening. This is a great way for gardening newbies to start out. All you need is some good soil, seeds, and some containers. I’ve seen people use everything from genuine pots to old trash cans for growing veggies. Growing just a few different types of veggies in containers is something even apartment dwellers can do. 

4. Build your own raised garden bed. This is something that you can do fairly easy with some wood, nails and a hammer. It’s a great way to grow a lot more veggies in a small amount of space. Check out how we built our own raised garden bed

When choosing seeds, it’s best to choose organic ones. The genetically modified seeds will not produce viable seeds that you can use for the next year’s garden, meaning you will spend more money on additional seeds next year. Buying the organic ones now means you will be saving money in the long run. 

Are you gardening this year? Why type of garden will you have?

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Crystal Collins is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at


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