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How to have a big garden without spending alot of money?

Written By: The Mad Tiller - Apr• 25•13

Question by terpsfan: How to have a big garden without spending alot of money?
I want a really big garden this year….are there any ways of having one that is inexpensive
Oh and I live in Maryland

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Answer by oldknowitall
You can grow a lot of beans from one bag of dried pinto beans from the grocery store. A bag of popcorn will produce lots of popcorn. Most seed packets will produce lots of squash, okra, peas, etc, so have a ball. They are not too expensive if you start with seed instead of the plants.

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  1. pawsalot says:

    You can trade for different things online, you can look at your yard trash days and see what people are throwing out you can salvage, you can go to your local big box stores and see what they have on the discounted shelves.

  2. iNEED2no says:

    That is correct that planting seeds is a lot less expensive than buying plants, but I would not use seeds that are packaged for human consumption. The reason being that you might not be getting the freshest or best germination rate that you would with seeds that are packaged specifically for planting in a garden. If you want to try it, I would try testing the beans first to see how well they will germinate (sprout). Do this by placing them (10 to 20 beans should be sufficient) between 2 DAMP paper towels and then placing that into a zip-lock type bag. Place in a warm; not hot, area out of direct sunlight. If they are going to sprout, they should within a week’s time. Make sure that the paper towels are not too wet and that they don’t dry out in the mean while. Now is the time to start tomato and peppers, too, because they are very intolerant to cold and take a while to get to planting size. They need to be started indoors and then, as the weather warms, they can be acclimated to the outdoors. You can use small paper (think ‘green’–no styrofoam) cups to start these in. Make sure you poke holes in the bottoms for drainage and don’t cover the seeds too deeply. Keep the soil moist and in a well lit area. Pumpkins, squash, melons and cukes can be started the same way but they are very easy to start right in the garden once it is warm enough. Most cabbage type plants can also be started this way and they can be planted into the garden as soon as they are easy to handle–they like cooler temps! As far as pest control and weed control goes, regular Sevin dust is not that expensive and a little goes a long way and an old fashioned hoe and a little manual labor works well. You can lay layers of newspaper down around the plants for additional weed control. If you don’t mind spending a little $ $ , straw (good STRAW not hay) is a great way to control weeds and it keeps the veggies clean too. Don’t crowd your plants too much. This will help to prevent diseases and never work in the garden when the plants are wet. Any diseases or fungus issues that you might have can be spread much easier when the plants are wet. Remove any plants that don’t appear healthy when dry and as soon as you notice them. Use cages or stakes to keep tomatoes off the ground. Hope these tips help you save not only on starting your garden but taking care of it throughout the whole season.

  3. zuma says:

    Heirlooms,..That you collect all your own seed,..Potatoes,Too.
    And if you mean a Big Garden,..a Farm Tractor(choppers)(tiller).

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