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31 Days and 31 Ways to Save: Plant a Garden

With the weather finally getting nicer here in Toronto it is time to think of gardening.Only if the rain would stop. After visiting the set of Steven and Chris last month I have realized basically anyone can have a garden of some form. You don’t even need a yard as you can even use a planter.

As we look at gardening this year we will be doing mostly vegetables and herbs.

What is planned to go into ours: Tomatoes (cherry), strawberries, lettuce,  green onions, and for herbs we will do cilantro, basil, and parsley. Really a very basic garden for Toronto. How do I do it and save money?

1. First I start everything almost from seeds, that is of what I buy. The only exception is what I get from friends  and that will be started strawberries and tomatoes. Seeds are a cheap way to go and your children get to watch the whole growth cycle.

2. Water in the eveing or morning only, and water roots not leaves. First it is the roots that need the water, not the leaves, as well by watering in the early morning or on in the eveing it takes longer to absorb and is better for the soil and plant and you dont end up wasting water. It is also good to do it at this time to save on the pocket book.

3. I also keep my tools on the minimum and to be honest I got them all for free or from the Dollar store. There is no need for expensive tools.

4. NO chemicals…most of the things you need to fight pests,etc can either be done organically or by using your compostable stuff. For weed killer try PULLING them. Just think of it as a workout.

Do you plant a garden? Have you thought of doing one in a planter?

Source: http://commoncentsmom.com/2011/05/16/31-days-and-31-ways-to-save-plant-a-garden/

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