Growing in a cold frame is a great way to extend the growing season. Cold frames allow you to start your plants earlier and keep plants growing later by protecting them from frosts. Find out how to build a cheap cold frame that will save you money each year!
Welcome to the Frugal Gardening Series kick off! Today I’m sharing homemade seed starting trays and recycled seed starters and seed starter greenhouses with stuff you probably already have!
I often hear that starting a garden is too expensive which is why people I know don’t want to grow. Other popular reasons I hear include it’s too much work and it doesn’t look good. Today I want to bust the myth that starting an organic garden is expensive and share all of my thrifty gardening tips with you.
I’ve been starting seeds undercover for the last few years but usually around March. This year I started my seeds on Boxing Day (26th December) to get a head start on the growing season for my tender plants which have long growing needs and now, in mid-January I’m sowing even more!
Yup, I’ve gone a little bonkers in getting a head start this year because I messed up so badly with my seeds last year and lost a bunch to late storms which decimated the garden.
You can start seeds right now for larger plants which will have a better start in your garden come spring or you can start seeds for indoor herbs and salads.
Fall is here! The leaves are turning gold, russet, coral and burgundy and dropping in the slightest of breezes. The ground is slick with leaves in the rain which turn to a glittering wonderland in the early morning frost.
It would be lovely to just leave them where they fall, but like so many gardeners, suburban and urban homesteaders across the country; there are city ordinances which need abiding by and one must keep up appearances for the good of the neighborhood. So rather than listening to the chatter of birds as they feed before winter, out come the leaf blowers to fill the warmer autumnal days with noise.
I own a leaf blower, I have no idea how to use it and I don’t want to use it and add to the fossil fuel burning but my family use it when I’m away.
I tackle the gardens with a lawn rake to gather the leaves. I rather enjoy the cardio exercise I get from raking the leaves and a sense of satisfaction at how many large piles of leaves I can create in the backyard alone!
This post is to answer that annual question “What do I do with all of these leaves?” and how you can turn all those leaves into something useful in the garden rather than filling the trash can with them.
I have been super busy behind the scenes here working on a video all about Bokashi composting.
Actually I’ve been working on a few videos, a product review, planning an orchard layout and moving established trees as well as harvesting even more stuff out the garden and working on a giveaway as well as my normal job!!!
If you are interested in finding out about Bokashi and how this low odor, fermenting form of composting which can allow you to compost raw meat, fish and bones can be used in your home and garden take a look at the video here or take a look below:
I want to share a secret with you so you can get amazing harvests in your garden too. I’m going to tell you how you can make your own liquid fertilizer using things you might already have in your garden.
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Today I want to show you a cheap and easy way to make garden beds using cardboard. This raised bed tutorial is a no dig gardening method which anyone can do and I will take you through how I used materials I had lying around to make it. Read More