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Frugal Gardening 101: The Busy Mom’s Guide


Are you a busy mom who would like to manage a small garden? Welcome to the first post in a weekly series on Frugal Gardening!

Each Wednesday throughout the spring and summer I will be collaborating with Amy's Finer Things and Getting Freedom to show you how even busy moms on a budget can grow food FROM DIRT!

I know! It's like you can be a super hero, isn't it?! We really need to fashion some kind of cape for this project, because, seriously? Pulling food out of the DIRT?! That's just about fourteen flavors of FABULOUS!

And guess what? We'll be giving YOU the opportunity to show us YOUR gardens, too, because starting next week this series will be a linky!

You can join the fun with these simple steps:

  • Post pictures or a video of your garden.
  • Link up directly to that post, not your blog's main page.
  • Put a link in that post to one the host blogs so all your readers can join the fun, too!

Now, take a look at what I have done so far in the way of frugal vegetable gardening!

Oh, looky there! A darling baby! How'd that picture get in here?!

This discarded tractor tire that my husband brought home is holding peas and beans. (Don't worry. This area is hidden by the garage. Only the cows in the next pasture can see it.)

We decided to give raised bed gardening a try this year and we have managed to spend a big fat NOTHING on the containers because my awesome husband managed to find lots of suitable ways of making raised beds. (I read up on using old tires for vegetable gardens and they are fine!)

Here is another tire with some cantaloupe. CAN'T WAIT!

I used popsicle sticks to mark my crops. Nothing's to fancy for us.

What about you? How does YOUR garden grow?

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  1. YAY! I am super excited about this series! I planted my first garden (4 raised beds) a few years ago when I owned a home. Then we had to move :(
    and lived in rental’s and apartments…..until now! we just bought a home and I am sooo excited to do another garden. Although this one will have to be substantially smaller.

  2. I’m so excited you started this! I love that you used old tires for raised beds. Terrific idea! I wonder what I can find around here.

  3. Oh this will be a great series for me!!! I need help!!! I started my first garden last year – we worked so hard putting in a little fence – I planted corn, green beans, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, green peppers and lettuce and it flopped – BIG TIME!!! We only got tomatoes and green peppers!!! ugh!

    So this summer we will try again – I’ll be following your tips :-)!!! I think the place I failed was in soil preparation…I really didn’t do much besides turn the dirt and put a little feed on it…

    I have lots to learn in this area!!!

  4. Oh, I’m looking forward to this too! We’re just beginning our preparation (we’re on a Scottish island, so the weather isn’t really playing game at the moment!). I’ve planted seed in seed trays and, hopefully, they’ll be transplanted in the next month or so into the plot.
    I love reading others’ stories too – successes and …failures…? not sure if I ought to call them failures – more ‘another lesson learned’ x

  5. Rebecca L. says:

    I have been gardening for years and have 2 pretty big ones. We can and freeze out of ours and eat on it all winter. We plant green beans, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, peppers and okra. We have 5 in our family and this more than feeds our family and I get to share with my brother’s family (well, until he started planting his own) and my mom and anyone else who is in need. Is your garden going to be big enough to feed everyone in your home? I am guessing you have more tractor tires than you showed. :~)

  6. Jill Turner says:

    Can’t wait for this to be linky. I just started a garden blog. I needed it to keep track of what I was doing, and a bunch of friends want to know what I’m growing, so I thought I’d do it. Since you have a few readers who say they have small spaces, I want to connect you with a super cool site for small gardens. My garden isn’t small. Can’t wait to show you pictures of it.

    Here is a super cool idea (and site) for people who don’t have much room but still want a garden! http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/

  7. This looks like it will be a great series! I’ll definitely be linking up :) And I love the idea of using popsicle sticks for marking. May have to steal that one sometime… :)


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