How to start zero budget gardening at home

How to start zero budget gardening at home

Gardening frugally means getting creative. 

As we are all confined to our homes, mostly working from home setup, we often feel a sense of attachment or activities to pass this monotonous time. It’s imperative you always wanted to have a garden to care and pass time in your boredom. So, if I say start zero budget gardening at home is easy and possible?

Gardening can seem somewhat overwhelming when you consider all of the materials you need to get started. Things like seeds, tools, fencing, soil, and more can add up—even on a generous budget. But, you are told that you can start close to zero budget at home – isn’t it great? Here is all you need to know if you want to start vegetable gardening on a budget.

start zero budget gardening at home – Start slow

There are many things you can buy as you are just starting your dream garden. But, believe me, don’t spend too much money at the start and invest in tools only, if only necessary. You can find all the tools in Amazon – gardening tools for home gardening. 

Overall, it will cost around $20 to $40 (INR 500 to INR 1500) for the initial setup – as it will probably cost less if you already have containers at home or from neighbors that they no longer need them.

Supplies needed

A simple home garden is very easy to set up and get started. The only supplies you need are:

  • Containers
  • Seeds
  • Water
  • Gardening soil
  • Hand rake or tiller
  • Compost (for heavy-feeding plants like squash)

What to Grow

For a small garden or an apartment gardening, your options are limited only by your imagination. You can start with the most common vegetables and fruits grown successfully in in-ground gardens are:

  • Cabbage
  • Beets
  • Pumpkins
  • Watermelon
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers

Go for seed shopping 

Seeds are always preferable than buying saplings, as there are high chances of the plant to dry away soon. Moreover, shopping for seeds is fun. You can find good seeds of your choice online and it saves you money. One again plus point is – you can save seeds in the fall, as saving seed doesn’t cost a thing. 

Choose the right tool

For a kitchen garden at home, you don’t need many tools to grow your own veggies. However, if you are really serious about the work, we strongly suggest buying a few necessary tools to start with. 

You’ll quickly discover that there are tools that can make your life better. In your initial months, you will groan with frustration because as you use homemade tools, it will give you blisters, or make you work twice as hard.

Here are a few necessary tools to start with –

  • Digging fork
  • Winter gloves
  • Hand pruners
  • Garden knife
  • Garden scissors

Make your own compost

Compost is essential to successfully grow your heavy-feeding plants. It’s cost-effective to make your own compost and that too – environment friendly and quite easy. Start with the easiest way to make homemade compost:

  • Procure a gallon trash bin and poke holes evenly along the sides for drainage. 
  • Start composting. You can add shredded paper with cardboard to make a bed, and use food scraps as potato peelings, eggshells, lettuce leaves, and other leftover foods.
  • Continue to add compostable materials with an alternate pattern: paper products followed by organic products, then leftover foods. Don’t forget to mix well so that the mixture is aerated.
  • It takes approximately three to six months to get to a usable compost. 

Now, use it generously for your plants. 

Grow Organic

It’s good to stick with all-natural methods, as it is also beneficial for your pocket. Chemical pesticides can dig a hole in your pocket, moreover, making organic compost is easy and free. You can also use living plants, called cover crops, to return the nutrients to your soil – naturally, and inexpensively.

Final Words

Remember, no matter how precisely you take your step, you are bound to have some failures. It’s a normal part of gardening and try to resist yourself to go out and buy a bag of expensive gardening tools. Basic is the best – simply buy the basics and start with a few plants. 

There is nothing more satisfying than watching your own garden vegetable go from seeds to table, and you can cook and save a lot of money in the long run.

What other home gardening tips can you share?

Archi Roy Choudhury

Archi is an avid reader, dreamer and a pollyanna by nature. Writing her heart out, she wants to paint the city with the colour of her thoughts. She loves to explore the famous food joints in Kolkata. Parents and friends all she needs to feel content. "Never Give Up" what boost her every day.

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