The $3.15 Garden

Yes, it can be done. There are ways to do it. This type of garden is not generally used when trying to eat in the healthiest manner possible, because it doesn’t account for organic seeds. But it will feed a family on significantly less money than what would be spent on the same produce at the grocery store. Do what you have to do to feed your family.

You can work soil with a cooking spoon if necessary, or even a stick. No tools are necessary. You can plant directly into soil, so planters and beds are also not necessary. You can even plant below and slightly in front of a porch where you can train vining plants to grow up, or near a fence to train them to grow along it.

How do you plant a garden for $3.15?

By purchasing seed packets at a local store at a rate of 3 or 4 packets for a dollar. You will acquire 9-12 seed packets this way, and pay $3.15 cents including tax.

  • Spend the first dollar-five on herbs that you’ll use in salads, cooking, and to make teas. Parsley, basil, chamomile, chives, rosemary, and/or thyme are good choices.
  • Spend the second dollar-five on greens. A combination of different spinaches and lettuces are an important part of healthy meal preparation. Other greens may also be used.
  • Spend the third dollar-five on other vegetables. These may be used in salads, sandwiches, and in cooking. They may also be eaten as-is for snacks. Try tomatoes, peas, beans, zucchini, and/or cucumber.

Plant as much as you can reasonably use and preserve for winter.

Shannon L. Buck

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