I have showed you how we start seeds at our house so that we do not have to buy plants for our
garden. A packet of seeds cost less than the price of 1 tomato plant. Below is the plants we grew for last years garden. This years are already started but most of them are still germinating so the picture is not all that exciting.
As the country has come into tough economic times, most families have had to figure out new ways to make ends meet. Gardening just may help your family get though some tough times. Even if you have never gardened before, this may be the year to give it a try! Even if you do not have much room! You can start with just a few tomato plants and some lettuce in pots on your patio. OR... dig up the grass in a sunny spot next to your house. You will be amazed at what you can grow!
If you really do not have the money to purchase many seeds, check out someplace like the dollar store or Rite Aid. They usually sell seeds 10 for $1.00. They are not the #1 seeds in the world but they will do just fine for a first time gardener.
If you think this may be a new hobby for you and you want to do it every year, you may want to invest in a few packs of Heirloom seeds. With heirloom seeds, you can save the seeds from the veggies you grow and use them to start next years garden! We order our Heirloom seeds from here.... Seed Savers Exchange. Each year we order a few new packets so that eventually we will have strictly heirloom.
We got our starter pots from someone who saved flower pots for a few years and listed them on free cycle. We use the same ones... year after year. BUT... do not let the lack of starter pots stop you. Make your own pots from newspaper. Go here to learn how.... YouTube - Newspaper Seed Starter Pots.
Here is a great top 10 list on gardening.... Vegetable Gardening - Starting a Vegetable Garden.
And, here are a few freebies to get you started!
User account The Great Sunflower Project - get free sunflower seeds
Agrimarks.com master - free plant markers
Grow Your Own Organic Salad - Earthbound Farm - free lettuce seeds
Free Seeds from America The Beautiful Fund - free plant seeds, free flower seeds - get them free!
Free Milkweed Seeds Live Monarch butterfly - plant these seeds to attract butterflies!
Free Seeds for Schools - if you are a school or community garden you can get these free seeds
Gardenlink.com - free plant food samples
Frugal Gardening... it works for me! Go here... We Are THAT Family to see what works for other people.