1. Plant The Most Cost Effective Fruits, Veggies, Nuts, Herbs you can that you and your family will also eat a lot of. Some varieties of food are so much cheaper grown than bought. If you plant perennials or save the seeds from annuals you an save even more money. -The Most Cost Effective Vegetables
Tomatoes (Recommend Cherry Grape Small Tomatoes to Maximize Production from a single plant, especially if you like to eat them for snacks)
Peppers (Sweet or Hot, and recommend Petite Sweet Snack Bonnie Peppers for maximum production)
Potatoes(Red Potatoes harvest the earliest, followed by Yukon Gold and Russet)
Lettuce (Any kind especially perennial varieties such as Kale)
Onions - The Most Cost Effective Fruits
Items for Using as an Indoor Greenhouse for plants
All other fruit treesThe Most Cost Effective Herbs
Just about all of the any them are cost effective, but especially any that are Perrenials such as Sweet Mint.
2. Use household items for items in GardeningItems To Plant Seeds In
-Toilet Paper Roll or Paper Towel Cardboard Tubes Cut In Half
- Clear Plastic Dixie Cups
-Rotisserie Chicken Container
-Plastic Cake or Cupcake ContainersIndoor Compost Containers
( Drill holes into the side bottom and top
and put a plastic tray or newspaper underneath the Container, You can
store it under the kitchen sink. Some examples of what you can use as the containers are below
-Large Plastic Coffee Containers with a Lid
-Large Protein Shake Plastic Containers with a Lid
-Any other Large Dark and not clear Plastic or Metal Container With a Lid and which you can drill holes intoLandscape Fabric Alternatives:
-Newspapers or Plastic Bags such as Mulch BagsItem to Use as Stakes for Tomatoes, Peppers, Vines, and other plants
-Wooden poles, Curtain Rods, bamboo poles that you may have or can obtain for free or easily Items to Use to Build Raised Garden Beds or Borders for Your Garden to keep the Mulch in
-Wood from a playground set no longer needed, or other wood no longer needed around the house, rocks,
3. Save any Pots you get from buying any plants at a store or nursery to be re-used later to plant new seeds in
4. Use a Drip Soaker Hose or Drip Irrigation PVC pipe to water your garden so that the water gets only to your plants and avoids getting on the leaves and also saves money
5. If you have a water hose timer, you can use this to only water it as long as you want and save money
6. Get a Rain barrel to use to rain water your garden instead of paying for water.
7. Use old newspapers or mulch bags instead of buying landscape fabric to prevent weeds.
8. Use, save and replant your seeds every year from heirloom plants or non-hybrid plants inside a Kilner Glass Jar in a dark cool place instead of buying seeds. You can put seeds first into small ziplock bags or envelopes and then put them into the Kilner Jar and be sure to label them. Some plants may do better and grow quicker if you can afford to buy them as plants instead of seeds such as tomatoes, fruit plants and trees. For these plants, and bushes, you do not need to have the largest ones but keep in mind that trees can take years to grow large enough to produce fruit instead of months.
For Potatoes, if you have any that you harvest in the fall you an store some as seed potatoes for next year's spring planting. This requires a Root Cellar or Keeping them in a Cool Dark place between 35 to 40 F.
9. Always get the Concentrated form of any Organic Insecticide, Fungicide Spray or other, because you will be able to make a lot more spray with it than the already mixed kind
10. Be sure to check your garden daily or every other day for any signs of problems like pests or diseases and spray your plants with an Organic Neem Oil based Fungicide and Insecticide Spray every so often to prevent these problems.
11. Borrow any tools, supplies, seeds, plants, mulch or other materials you don't have from neighbors or try to get them for free at http://www.Cragslist.org
in The For Sale>Free Section or http://www.freecycle.org/