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Frugal Ideas for Gardeners

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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March may be too early to get your garden started.  It's not to early to prepare for Spring, though!  Here are some frugal ideas for gardeners.How does your garden grow? It may be too early in the year to answer that question. Soon, the weather will be warmer and you will want to make sure that your garden is ready to go. This doesn’t have to be an expensive process! Here are some frugal ideas that all gardeners can use, from beginners to experts.

Frugal Ideas for Gardeners

Seed Starters
There is one thing that all families will be able to find plenty of in their homes – empty toilet paper rolls! They can be turned into biodegradable seed starters. Start growing your seeds now, and tiny plants will be ready to put into your garden when the weather warms up.

I recommend taking a look at the SimplyForties blog for a step by step guide that shows you how to do it. Best of all, you won’t have to remove the plants from the toilet paper rolls in order to plant them. Cardboard will break down on its own.

Get New Garden Tools Now
March is generally too cold for people to start thinking about their gardens. Demand for garden gloves, trowels, watering cans, and other garden tools is low. You can pick them up right now from the gardening section of your favorite department or hardware store for a very low price. Get what you need, and save money while doing it.

Kill the Weeds
Be honest, there are parts of gardening that you enjoy much more than pulling weeds! It probably isn’t anyone’s favorite way to pass the time. The reality is that the weeds are going to have to be removed before you can start planting your garden.

Lifehacker suggests that an easy way to do that is to repurpose an old piece of carpet. Place it directly over the spot that you plan to garden in. The idea is that the carpet will block out the sunlight and the weeds that are underneath it will die. Don’t forget to remove the carpet piece later (or it could erode and mix into your garden).

Commenters on the Lifehacker blog seem to prefer to use a large piece of cardboard for this purpose instead of an old carpet. Others like using newspaper. These options sound like a greener choice than a carpet might be. Either way is going to prevent the need to use a lot of weed killing chemicals.

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