Gardening can be a great hobby with a product that you know you will use either in decor or edibles. It can also be quite a money sink, but what if there was a way to reduce the amount of money you invested into your garden, produce less waste, and reap the same results? There is such a way to garden.
What is Bag Gardening?
In traditional container gardening, you use a pot to grow your plants. In bag gardening, you skip the pot. Instead, you plant your seed, seedling or plant cutting directly into the bag of soil that you would have used. Just cut an X in the area of the bag you would like to plant, add enough water to moisten the soil, and add your plant. This can help you save money in a number of ways. Best of all if you are an apartment dweller or move a lot in the same area, or just want to move your plant across the yard, your plants are extremely easy to move.
No Need For Containers
When you have a bag garden, you don’t really need to have other containers. You only need to cut a hole in the bag to add water and place the seed. In fact depending on the size of the soil bag you get, as well as the size and number of plants you are growing, one bag could hold more than one plant. Just cut a hole for each seed and make sure you leave enough room for the plant to grow.
A potting soil bag usually is made from a material that holds moisture inside. As a result you will need to water you plants less and use less water while you are watering your plants. In fact, with a bag garden your concern would most likely be over watering. Poke a few holes in the bottom to allow excess water to drain. This will reduce the chances of mold or mildew taking hold of your garden. A bag garden is ideal for those of us who want to grow plants, but also want to keep our water bill down.
Gardening can be a therapeutic and productive pastime when done correctly and frugally. Here are a few tips to keep the cost down.
Seeds are much less expensive than a young plant. You can get them at dollar stores, grocery stores, and even at pharmacies. Learn to read the back of the packet to help you pick out the right seeds for the time of year that you will be growing plants in your area. The package will also give you directions on proper care and let you know if your plant is an annual (lives for the season only, must be replaced annually) or a perennial (comes back year after year).
Create More With What You Have
When gardening it’s nice to only have to buy the plant once. This is usually possible by using your first plant to grow other plants of the same type. Learn to take cuttings and to collect seeds. There are plenty of posts on Pinterest and videos on Youtube to teach you how to multiply your one plant into many.
Instead of throwing out those biodegradable left overs throw it in a compost bin outside. Compost is a great way to create a rich loam in which plants thrive. With proper care a compost heap will not smell. Using compost also reduces your amount of waste and even makes what you would consider trash useful.
Don’t buy new planters. Instead use an old kiddie pool, wagon, or even an old boot. If you have children just growing out of sippy cups and toddler bowels, these are great for planting herbs. Just create a way for water to run out of the bottom of your planter so you don’t drown your plant when watering it. (A drill and drill bit are the easiest way to form drainage holes.)
Child and Pet Safe
I don’t mean that the plants you grow are safe for your children and pets to consume (although that is highly recommended as well). I mean make sure your plants are safe from your children and pets. Hang them from porch rafters. Fence your garden off. This could save you in medical and vet expenses, but can also save you from needing to replace half your garden.
Gardening is fun but can be very expensive. Here are a few ways to reduce the expense of having a little garden.
If I have a friend that has plants, I can ask for a cutting. Many plants can grow from a on piece cut off from another plant. I have also found plant cuttings on Listia.com .
Many companies send more seeds in their packets tan I ca use in my garden. Rather than buy all my seeds I get together and trade with friends. It’s a great way to try to plant a flower or fruit I wouldn’t have thought of trying.
Garden Center Bargains
Check grocery stores or garden centers for discount plants. Often they are between five and ten dollars. They may be going out of season or were just not a popular sell. Either way they may be a bargain and the plant I wanted to get.
Having children and cats there are some plants I just don’t bring into my home. They may be too delicate for my household or just poisonous. I just may not have a green enough thumb to keep them alive. Research saves alot of money and grief when it come to plants.
Contrary to popular belief dirt is not cheap. Share a bag with a friend.