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Posted on Sunday, January 9th, 2011 at 2:42 pm
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Now that the holidays are over, it is time to start planning the garden. Spring will be here in no time at all. Although it is still too cold here to start doing much in the actual garden, it is a great time to start planning everything out so that when the warm weather comes, we will be all set.

One of my goals this year is to actually grow some of our food. I say that every year, but with our other house projects it hasn’t been a priority. After experiencing part of last year in a CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) farm, we got used to having fresh produce all of the time. By growing some of it here in our backyard, we could save the 20 minute commute to the farm (and 20 minutes back) plus the cost of the membership.

Of course, when planning a garden, there is some cost involved. We get a lot of dear and rabbits here, so we’ll have to make sure that we secure the garden with fencing, otherwise we’ll simply be providing the local wild animals with a gourmet feast.

For the fencing, I’m first going to try freecycle.org and craigslist to see if there are any free materials to be had. if that doesn’t work, well then I’ll have to research prices on fencing with the local home improvement centers and the local feed store.

Although I may or may not be able to get fencing for free, I do plan on taking advantage of other free gardening resources to help cut the expenses of having a garden and make growing my own food even more of a profitable thing.

I’ve found several free offers for gardening items:

Proven Winners Free Gardener’s Idea Book
This is more of a guide to choosing flowers and landscaping, which is something I will need to address in the near future.

Landscape Care Magazine
Sign up for a free magazine subscription to Total Landscape Care Magazine.

Free Vegetable Seeds
The Dinner Garden has a goal of ending hunger and will give anyone in the United States free vegetable seeds to plant a garden. You’ll have to pick them up at a designated location. They will also ship seeds to you if you are far from one of the designated pick up sites, although you may have a long wait.

More Free Seeds
If you have a school or sommunity garden, you can get free seeds from Tomato Bob. Just fill out the simple form.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.