Permanent Gardening

Frugal Gardening 101: Progress is Slow

by GettingFreedom on April 12, 2011

The Busy Mom’s Guide, indeed!

While we are seeing a lot of progress in our garden this year, it isn’t all due to growing plants.  As a matter of fact, progress is rather slow in that area!

This year marks the 5th year, I believe, that we’ve had the garden in it’s current location.  And you can tell!  Our soil has greatly improved, which makes me ridiculously giddy.  Southern Missouri soil tends to me rocky clay, and not soil at all!  I’ll share how we’ve ammended our soil, with very little out of pocket expense next week.

This is what our garden currently looks like.  It is a very large sized garden {80’x80′}, and not your typical row-style.  We’ve opted for the permanent garden style, which is basically beds with wide walkways in between.  This year we moved the greenhouse from it’s original location, and added in a tool shed {The Outhouse}, a potting table {tutorial coming soon!}, and are currently building a chicken coop that will soon be the home to guineas and chickens.

Currently planted in the ground we have:

  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage {seeds}

Romaine Lettuce just popping through!

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 Row Corn

Cauliflower Plants

  • Cauliflower {purchased plants; $1.50/4}
  • 4 Cabbage {purchased plants; $1.50/4}}

Our current out of pocket expense for our garden stands at $3.  We’ve used seeds that we’ve kept from previous years, and will only have to purchase a few more for this season.  I’m anxious to see how low we can keep that number, and how much we’ll harvest this year.

It’s your turn!  Frugal Gardening 101 is now a Weekly Linky for YOU to share your garden!

  • Please be sure to link to your blog post, and not your homepage.
  • Include a link back here, so everyone can join in!
  • Be sure to check out Smocity Frocks and Amy’s Finer Things to see their gardens!
  • If you don’t have a post to link up this week–you can always link up next week, or share in the comment section.


Gardening 101: Introduction and Garden Plans

by GettingFreedom on April 5, 2011

As many of you already know, gardening is a huge part of our lives.  We rely heavily on our summer harvests to provide is with food all winter long.  Without our summer bounty, our grocery budget wouldn’t be the same! While there is probably more than 10 reasons, here are Ten Reasons You Should Start a Vegetable Garden.

The key to a successful garden is a plan and a goal.  If you’re not sure what you want out of your garden, how are you going to attain it–or even begin?

I’ll admit, this year has already proven to be harder than what I initially thought.  Turns out having a very mobile 10 month old that loves Mud Pies and Rock Soup makes things very difficult!  Our garden plan has changed a few times already, but our goal remains the same.  Put up as much produce as we can for the winter months. With that goal in mind, I just keep doing what I can do and accept that everything can’t go according to plan all the time.

Initially our plan was to grow the bulk of our garden using heirloom seeds like we usually do.  Now it looks as if we will be purchasing some plants instead.

This is what we are looking at so far::

  • Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, and Spring Lettuce Mix

    New to us Varieties, not heirloom.  One 4’x6′ bed, each.

  • Amish Paste and Roma Tomatoes

    Both started from heirloom seeds. Goal:: Can diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce

  • Quadratto D’Asti Red Pepper

    About 6 started from heirloom seeds.  Goal:: 30 Frozen 1-cup portions

  • Golden Cal Wonder Green Peppers

    These will be purchased. Goal:: 30 Frozen 1-cup portions

  • Array of Hot Peppers {Jalapeno, Fish Pepper, etc}

    Most will be purchased. Goal:: Used in fresh salsa, jalapeno jelly, sliced canned jalapenos

  • Wando Peas

    Direct sown heirloom seeds; (2) 30 ft rows. Goal:: 10 Frozen Quarts

  • Cabbage

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower

  • Bush Green Beans

    Direct sown seeds; 6’x15′ Bed Goal:: 60 Quarts

  • Zuchinni

    Goal:: Canned Relishes (??) and Frozen Shredded

  • Cucumbers

    Goal:: 20 Quarts Canned Pickles

  • Non-GMO Heirloom Corn

    Goal:: 30 Frozen Quarts

  • Non-GMO Heirloom Popcorn

  • Non-GMO Heirloom Indian Corn

  • Okra

  • Basil

  • Chamomile

  • Lavendar

  • Rhubarb

  • 2 Raspberry

    In my reader survey, many of you mentioned that you would love to learn more, not only about gardening, but how to do it inexpensively.  So, this year, I’ve teamed up with 2 other amazing bloggers and fellow gardeners {Connie at Smockity Frocks and Amy from Finer Things} to show you how 3 different one income families use the resources available to them to stretch their hard earned dollar.  Not everyone gardens the same, but in the end the result is still the same:  Fresh Produce for a fraction of the price! Some may argue that vegetable gardening is just as expensive as buying fresh produce from the grocery store, and we’re here to prove that theory wrong.  Follow along with us as we share with you our vegetable gardening plans, our different gardening techniques, and as we show you are harvests and how to intend to use them.

    Next week, we will open up a linky so you can join in and share how you are making the most of your family’s budget with the grocery prices on the rise. You don’t have to be an expert gardener to join in, we’re all learning as we go!  To participate please keep these things in mind::

    • Link to your blog post, and not your homepage.  This way we’ll be able to find it in weeks to come.
    • You MUST link back to one of the 3 Host Bloggers so your readers will be able to find the other great posts.
    • Please include Pictures {or video!} for us visual people. ;)
    Do you have your gardening goals ready?


    Garden Update

    May 29, 2009

    I’m so excited to finally show some pictures of my garden. As I mentioned here, we are doing a different method this year. Instead of your typical rows, we are doing beds directly into the ground. My plants are big enough now, that you can see everything a little better. Right now on the walkways […]

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    April Showers Bring May Flowers

    May 1, 2009

    In this case I hoping for those blooms to be on my veggie plants. But, I’ll take some blooms on the flowers, too please. The last few weeks of April have been nothing but rain. Overnight our yard has turned into a jungle of sorts, but the sun hasn’t came out long enough to dry […]

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    Heirloom Seeds

    February 9, 2009

    After an hour or so of seed shopping and gathering, this is what I came out with. 63 seed packets of every plant imagineable. Complete with Thai Angled Loofa. (I just bought that one for the fun of it, but I’m hoping it tastes great as well.) I’m just in awe. I have big plans […]

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