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!