If you wish to become self-sustainable, consider venturing into growing your own vegetables and fruits. Those with limited finances can still pull it off as it’s possible even on a tight budget. Yes, there are ways to grow edible plants affordably, without requiring significant outlay. The bottom line: growing your own vegetables on a budget is not a problem.
Growing Your Own Vegetables On A Budget Made Easy And Affordable
Step one involves having assorted basic seeds. Compared to pre-grown starter plants, these are sold much cheaper. Choose seeds that can be grown indoors without difficulty first. All that’s needed to grow stuff like aubergine, lettuce and tomatoes is sunlight.
When you’ve got the seeds ready, look for a few old containers for the actual planting task. It can be anything from egg cartons to old bottles that have been halved. Some people prefer utilizing take-away cartons. Investing in tiny packs of potting mixes is likewise necessary. There are plenty of awesome deals on these over the Internet so do shop there.
A pricy lighting system is not required. You can accomplish the same thing with inexpensive desktop lamps that have energy-saving bulbs and movable shafts. Total outlay cost (exclusive of seeds) comes down to about $32, but the returns ultimately are far greater. With plants like tomatoes, it’s hard not to go overboard. However, do try to restrain yourself and simply plant a few seeds initially.
Place seedling trays inside jiffy bags. This will aid in their germination. The light should be located above, allowing for around 15 hours light exposure in wintertime. At daytime, adequate lighting can be provided on window sills. The plants should be watered on alternating days. In about a month or sooner after they’re planted, the seedlings will begin to sprout. This is the time to take them out of the jiffy bags.
From here all that’s left is watering and turning them as required to avoid them growing in a single direction. For those in places with warmer weather, watering will have to be done daily. Next is repotting and putting them in medium-size pots once they are strong enough. Take care with their roots, though.
When the climes are warm enough, put the plants outside for repotting into bigger pots for some serious growing. Old pails or even tires are fine if actual pots are too expensive. They can be planted directly into soil if the ground outside is suitable. Rabbit pallets offer a nice way to get plants fertilized. If you’ve got pet rabbits or know anyone with one, there’s no need to buy them.
Now that you know the ABCs of growing your own vegetables on a budget, would you like to give it a try? Aside from being cost-effective, the task offers practical rewards and can be a worthwhile lifelong hobby.
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