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How to Grow a Recycled Garden

Updated on September 28, 2016

My Garden Needs to Be Free

If you are like me, the economy has forced you to save money whenever and wherever you can. The vegetable garden is no exception. In fact, it might be one of the places that could save you money in the long run. If you think about it, growing your own vegetables is something man has done for many years and should be something that man should continue to do to become self-sufficient.

If you put your mind to it, you can build and grow a garden for next to nothing. If you used items that you find or recycle from other applications, you can build beautiful landscapes for your garden. Most of the time, you just need a bucket or two and some compost you have been compiling in a hole in the backyard.

Build Your Own Trellis - From found branches

If you build your own trellis, you can save money because you don't have to buy those wire things from the Big Box store, and you have something your vines can grow up. You can buy what you need to build these simple constructions, or you can take a walk through the nearby woods and collect branches that can be tied together to make a simple trellis.

Saving Seeds - Save Money by Saving Seed

If you pull seeds from your garden every year, you will be able to grow new plants the next year. You can do this for many different plants in your garden, from squash and cucumbers to green beans to watermellons etc. Save those seeds and you will be able to grow many plants next year.

Recycled Rainwater

One of the best things you can recycle in your garden is the rainwater that flows off your roof. These systems can be expensive, but you can use a trashcan to catch water and bucket to move it to different parts of your garden. Chek out these elaborate systems.

Free Garden Pots

If you go to the bakery of your local grocery store, you can ask them if they have any empty one gallon or five gallon icing buckets. They most likely get their cake icing in bulk and the containers they use are made out of food grade plastic. The stores near me just throw the empty one away. If you can get them to save a few for you, you will not only have a great thing to grow plants in, but you will be keeping more plastic from going into the landfill.

What Free Things Do You Use in Your Garden?

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      N Beaulieu 5 years ago

      Creative lens, I love your title. Another great way to save money on your vegetable garden is to save money by participating in a seed swap. National seed swap day falls on the last Saturday in January. I use old bailing twine to mark my rows and tie back my plants. I've also used it to make my own trelisses.

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      WiscBear 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Like the info on the rainwater barrel. Am looking to do this for our Round Recession Garden.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I love the trelis

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very good information, thank you for sharing you knowledge.

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      inkserotica 7 years ago

      Love your style! Keep it up :) Praise and encouragement coming from a Squidoo Greeter! :) 5*