After dealing with near-record snow amounts, ice levels, and frigid temperatures across much of the country this winter, most of us rightly feel that spring can’t come soon enough. If you maintain a garden, you’re looking forward to the first chance to peel off all those layers and get going on your spring flowers and/or summer crops. To truly blossom, your garden will need some early-season TLC, so here are a few tips to help you save money on preparing your garden this spring.
Pick a number. Unless you’re rich (a longshot) or you’ve recently won the lottery (an even longer shot), you don’t have an unlimited gardening budget. Figure out how much money you can afford to literally bury in the earth (fortunately, you will get a payout, in natural beauty and/or edibles), and pledge not to go past that limit.
Plot your move. Your available space may be limited, so make sure you map out the territory you have and determine what you can grow — and where. To avoid wasting time and money on your garden, check out “companion planting” guides online to learn which plants live well with others and which ones shouldn’t be neighbors.
Bug out. This is the perfect time to eliminate garden pests; a little work now can reduce the time and effort you’ll need to put into eradicating insects from your little plot of heaven come summer. Take an environmentally-friendly approach toward bug control to ensure that your bumper crop doesn’t come a cropper at harvest time.
Weed up. Much like pest removal, springtime weeding can save you the elbow grease and expense of dealing with overgrown weeds later on. Be sure to pull as much of the weed’s root out of the ground as you can and then turn over the soil. Once you’re done with your initial round(s), devote a few minutes each day to making sure they don’t grow back (weeds are a pesky lot); mulch can help deny them the sunlight they need to flourish.
Veg in. Many vegetables take several months to reach fruition, so if you’re trying to save money at the dinner table this summer by growing your own tomatoes, lettuce, snow peas, and other natural delicacies, you need to plant them in early spring.
Nurture friendships. Filling out your garden may be easier than you think. You can grow a variety of plants with cuttings from a friend’s patch; even tomatoes, lettuce, and other veggies can be generated from virtually the barest ingredients. If your buddies can’t oblige you, check with nature reserves or nurseries in your area; they sometimes give away cuttings that would otherwise be thrown away.
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