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.

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