Container Gardens to Save Money

After going to the grocery store the other day and just about having a heart attack at the price of milk (2% was $3.99 a gallon) and ground beef (80% lean was $4.39 a pound), I came home and realized that we needed to make some changes to help with our grocery bill. We live on my husband’s income and a little from my businesses. Now we don’t have enough land to raise our own cattle, so we would have to make some changes in other areas to free up money for meat and milk.

high price of beef

But what? Well, how about container gardens?

Last year, we began growing our own herbs and jalapeno peppers on our porch, but that will only get you so far. After talking with some friends and doing a little research, I realized that we would need to add to our “container gardens” in the way of veggies. We have very limited space in our yard, so a conventional garden is out of the question. When my husband came home from work, I told him what I had in mind. He jumped on it! LOL

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Here’s our onions sets.

We have a beautiful large porch with lots of room for container pots. Ben went to Lowe’s and picked up some containers that will rest over the top rail of our porch. We love potatoes, so we knew we had to add that to our list of wants. Along with radishes, onions, carrots, oregano, spearmint, basil, and of course, some flowers to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Here’s a great book that will show you what types of plants to grow to bring in butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Our potato nursery and some chicks and hens in a strawberry pot that I am trying to bring back.

We are using large flower pots for our garden, but really, you can use anything.

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Here’s some of our bell pepper and herb starts. (Use your imagination, folks! We just planted seeds over the weekend. LOL)

Your imagination is your only limit! You could make  multi-level container gardens out of pallets, flower pots (as shown here), even just planting directly into a bag of potting soil! Here’s a great book to get you started!

container garden burlap sack

How about using a burlap sack as your container?

container garden colander

Or an old colander?

container garden drawer

 Don’t throw away that old dresser! Recycle the drawers!

container garden galvanized tub

 A galvanized tub will make an amazing container and what a conversation starter!

container garden side of house

 Really pressed for space? Check this out! All you need is wall space!

container garden soil bag

 The ultimate in weed-free growing! Just put the seeds directly into the potting soil bag.

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Another idea using dresser drawers!

container garden tiered

Be creative when deciding on how to start your container gardens! The sky’s the limit!


Let me know what you think! :)

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