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Frugal Vegetable Gardening

Growing vegetables in your own garden is frugal, but I would like to show you how to build a frugal vegetable garden.

I recently attended a gardening class being given by a sweet elderly couple at church. I was super excited to get started on some raised vegetable beds after they explained the benefits of this type of gardening.

I could have spent a bundle of money on the supplies to build what I wanted, but instead used recycled containers and even old tires to make raised beds to build a frugal vegetable garden.

My husband brought home these discarded containers that once held large trees ready for planting. We filled them with soil and planted carrots and broccoli in them.  You can also see the raised beds he built from salvaged lumber from a bridge that was being replaced on the golf course he supervises.

Here is a huge tractor tire, again salvaged, that we have filled with dirt and seeded with pole beans and snow peas. Beyond it, you can see the raised beds, the large containers, and more tires, all filled with dirt and sewn with corn, okra, cucumbers, strawberries, peppers, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, watermelon, and cantaloupe.

All of this is well concealed behind our garage, so as to cut down on the tacky factor, and stategically laid out to take full advantage of the morning sun, while being near a water supply and the compost pile.

You can build your own frugal vegetable garden, too! See what containers you can put to good use by filling them with a little dirt and sewing some seeds. Water liberally and see what springs up!

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  1. hands clapping – I am doing raised beds – and we’re using old lumber from the boy’s tree house!! Tomatoes, peppers, peas, radishes, cucumbers, parsley and basil!

  2. Here’s something that can save time, money, and garden space: skip the okra. JK! ;)

  3. WHere did you get the containers from trees to be planted? Those would be about perfect for us out her in country club territory. I could paint thine up pretty and probably have no complaints. Tires would definitely get me in trouble. We a intending to do raised beds but the containers all seem quite expensive.

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      Dottie, My husband got them from The Golf Course at Your Country Club Which We Shall Not Mention the Name of Here Because of Freaky Internet Stalkers. You might try giving them a call and maybe they would put some aside for you. If that doesn’t work, email me and I’ll see if he can get some more for you.

  4. This is an interesting topic. We tend to run quite a frugal garden… one of the things people seem to have forgotten how to do is to propagate from seeds and cuttings. You can save a lot of money just by collecting your own seeds.

    I liked the idea of using tires for a raised bed… we can’t do that it in the UK because of silly european union laws. But I would if we could.

  5. I am dreaming about our veggie garden but we are about 6 weeks behind you here – our last frost date is April 28, and that’s only a 50/50. I have started seeds indoors though and plan to plant my peas as soon as the soil dries and warms a little. I love having raised beds, but find they are water hogs – they dry out much faster then my ‘lasagna gardens’ on the ground. Do you have an economical solution to that problem? I’d like to use a rain barrel and gravity fed irrigation system, but I haven’t found the components to make one cheaply (free would be good). We are on a well so constant watering is out of the question. We usually collect ‘gray water’ from showers and baths in summer but that’s a lot of work and can be messy to haul through the house!

    I have often seen flowers grown in discarded tires, but never edibles. I assumed it was because of the potential problem with leaching of heavy metals and chemicals into the soil, but I’ve recently read that it isn’t a real problem so I’m eager to give it a try. I also plan to tuck herbs and carrots into all of my flower boxes this year and see what results!

    I hope your garden grows beautifully and nourishes your family with so much more than just delicious food, but wonderful life lessons and good memories as well.

  6. My main question about the salvaged goods is whether it would be leeching yukky stuff into the soil, which would then go into the veggies. It’s tempting to use free things, but is it healthy? Like, is that wood treated? Also, could the tires be putting gross plastic-y chemicals into the soil? The containers are fine, I imagine, since they were made to hold plants. Just food for thought…

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      Merry Jo, I researched using tires for vegetable gardening and everything I read indicated that the metals that are in tires are bound with the rubber and cannot leak into the soil.

  7. To reduce the tacky factor get a few cans of spray paint (the kind used on plastic) and paint them! Once you have a layer of plastic spray paint on them the kids could go to town decorating them with regular acrylic paints!

  8. It’s also “sowing some seeds” not “sewing some seeds”…..unless you really ARE that good with a needle and thread….. :-)

  9. Jill Turner says:

    Fun! What a great way to do a garden. Mine is in the dirt, and I’m already really struggling with the weeds.

    If you have trouble with your tomatoes and peppers not coming up (you should be seeing them by now), it’s probably because you planted too early. I planted some the same week you did, but the soil temperatures in North Texas were really way too cold for these veggies. Corn too, I think. Replant if you like (though still not quite warm enough for them). And here’s my frugal tip. Either mulch them with dark-colored mulch to keep them warm or re-use a two-liter bottle, fill it with water and put it in the middle of where you planted the tomatoes/peppers. It will heat up from the sun during the day and keep the plants warmer in the night time when it gets cold.

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