My Frugal Journey: Thinking Green Links

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 4/03/2009 07:43:00 AM | | 2 comments »

It's April, spring is officially in full swing, and I'm thinking about ways I can add some vegetable plants to my yard that would be both frugal and practical.

We've got a local landscaper coming next week to install a catch basin in our backyard (which, after last night's rain is once again Lake Thomas); we'll pay a good chunk of change for this but we have to address the drainage issue we deal with in our yard every time it rains.

Since my yard will be the site of much digging and mess, I want to take advantage of the chance to get a head start on some gardening projects. As much as I'd like to install a raised bed vegetable garden, I do have three busy kiddos (7, 5, and 3) and two crazy dogs. Any vegetable garden I would install needs to be barricaded or fenced off from all those tromping feet; I don't know if there's a frugal way for me to do this.

But, I am going to try some upside-down tomato planters; of course, I won't be paying $20 or $15 for these in store! I got a-Googlin' and found some how-to advice as well as some other great green links for those of you out there that are itching to get your hands dirty this spring!

:: Make your own upside-down tomato planter with a 5 gallon paint bucket (Home Depot sells these buckets with lids for $4.00); check out the how-to instructions right here.

:: Are you diving in to gardening full steam with a low budget? Check out 5 tips for budget-friendly gardening.

:: Looking to order some plants online? There's a bunch of Michigan Bulb online coupons located right here.

:: This last one is just so darn cool I had to share it with all of you. Read about these 12 amazing homes made out of recycled shipping containers. I saw this link a few weeks ago on Yahoo! and was hooked; these homes range from uber-efficient to truly beautiful. If you're looking to live off the grid, these might be something to consider.

Have a wonderful Friday everyone! I'll be posting my Double Duty Dinners later - I'm getting ready for Easter again this week and I've got a couple of recipes lined up to cook.

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  1. Lisa // April 3, 2009 9:15 AM  

    Great post. I've been putting edibles in my landscape for years and have found many plants that fit into the existing landscape, look great, and taste even better! Strawberries are a favorite ground cover. This year I'm going to try Swiss Chard with the very colorful stems as well. As far as keeping the kids, pets etc out of the veg garden...I wish I knew. Even the less than frugal methods fail when their toys fly over the fence! What's worked best for me are containers planted with the hybrids bred specifically for container growth. You can buy seeds for these as well to keep the costs reasonable. You might also try trading...a great way to be frugal and get great plants for your garden.

  2. Marianne Thomas // April 3, 2009 11:09 AM  

    Lisa: Thanks for the tips!

    I did have container tomatoes last year that did very well - they were a "bush" variety. I probably should look at what else I could do in containers just to make it easier on myself ... and less stressful!

    If I can rig the upside-down planters, I'm going to try strawberries in those as well.

    Thanks for commenting!