|At the end of the day, this is what it is all about for me.|
This has been an expensive gardening year. Yes, I installed a new garden in the front of my house but looking over my budget for 2014, I see that I have spent more than I'm comfortable with on supplies, seeds, potting soil, etc. This prompted a hard look at how I am gardening and what my goals are.
The number one goal for me is food production. I grow food because I care about the quality of the food I feed my family, but also to lower our food bill. To achieve the second part of that statement I need to spend my gardening dollars wisely and recommit to being a frugal and sustainable gardener.
To that end, I will be writing more posts about this topic, highlighting what I am doing, my failures in this area and how I will do things differently in the future. Here are some of the things I can improve on:
|I spent an insane amount on seeds this year. I need to up my game when it comes to saving seeds from my plants.|
- Saving seeds to plant the next season.
- Water usage and collection
|I just gave myself a crash course on prepping tools for the winter. No excuses left for not taking care of them.|
|I am not a shopper, but I enjoy ordering things from the seed catalogs when they arrive in the mail in February.|
- Finding frugal solutions, rather than retail solutions, to challenges such as plant supports, space management and containers.
- Create a local sustainability network to share resources and knowledge. I have already started on this and am excited about the possibilities.
|My small urban garden cannot produce enough browns to keep up with the greens. I have a plan.|
- Creating a viable composting system that works for me.
|Growing plants from seed is so much cheaper than buying transplants.|
- Continue to expand my knowledge of growing new plants from cuttings.
- Working with the plants I already have rather than purchasing more.
|Preserving the food I grow is a major budget saver.|
Like any other hobby, gardening can be as expensive as you want it to be and there are designer options for all aspects of the activity. Gardening is more than a hobby for me, though. I enjoy the challenge of budgetary restraint and I run my home like a business, worrying about overhead and cash flow. I need to start thinking about my home food production in the same way, which sounds like I just sucked all the fun out of the room, but I have been mentally burdened this year by my garden expenses. It is time to pull in the reins on the spending and refocus on what I do best - getting great results by spending very little.
|I bought potato bags this year. They were expensive and produced very poor results. Plus, I had to fill them all with purchased growing medium. This was the biggest budget buster of the year.|
Are you a frugal gardener? What are some of your best money saving tips?
See you in the garden,