Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gardening on a Budget

We planted our first real garden yesterday! I am so excited! It was super easy, and really fairly inexpensive. After much research, we chose to plant a raised bed garden. We found some instructions online at http://www.eartheasy.com/, and headed off to Home Depot. Our total cost for building the garden was $110.00. This included the cost of the lumber, the wood screws, the weed block liner, and 30 bags of organic humus and topsoil. The total time that it took to build this garden was about an hour! Here is a picture of what our new garden looks like!

We planted red onions, white onions, and strawberries. I have ordered some seeds on Ebay to complete our garden. We are going to plant green peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers as well. I have to say...I LOVE EBAY!!!! When you go to the store and buy a package of seeds, they range anywhere from 0.77 to 4.99 per package! That can really add up! Well...I got on Ebay, and we have a total of about 20,000 seeds (yes...20,000...that's not a typo!) being shipped to us, and we paid a total of 14.97! Not all of these are for the garden...we purchased a bunch of seeds for flowers too. This is the most inexpensive way to landscape your yard! And, if the plants don't live, you haven't spent hundreds of dollars on them!

I will keep you updated on our little garden. I am so excited for this summer, because we love to eat fresh vegetables, so this is going to save us a ton of money! Plus, it's a great family activity, and it will be really good for our two year old to be able to help out!

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