I am super excited about our penny pinched garden that we’re starting this year! We’ve had a garden for years in the ground, but last year just got too busy to get started and missed a season of fresh veggies. So, when I saw this great raised vegetable garden idea on Pinterest last Saturday morning, I begged my husband to consider it.
Since I’m pretty sure he’s a farmer at heart, he happily complied.
While I really wanted to use the beautiful cedar planks that were used HERE, when he got to Lowe’s and found cedar boards were $60 (which would have cost us $300 ~ yikes!), he settled on untreated wood. So, for $43 (after using this $10 off $50 coupon) one box is finished, and I’m pretty sure we’re going to do another one this weekend. I see fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions, beans and maybe even potatoes in my future!
We followed these directions almost to a tee, and James is hoping to hook up a watering system to the garden so we won’t have to worry over the watering. (Since we don’t have a watering system in this crazy Alabama heat, he created a direct dripper system a few summers ago that waters every hanging basket and flowerpot in our yard. It saves a ton on water, and all of my baskets look fantastic all summer long. . . I’ll show you pictures of that one of these days because it’s amazing!)
Our local Radio Rewards gift certificate today was a $50 credit at our local nursery for just $25, so we’ll be using that to buy dirt and get planting. James keeps telling me it’s already too late in the season for lettuce, but I’m praying that we’ll be able to get a little started before it gets too warm around here.
If you’re new to gardening and don’t know where to start, Amazon has the book Vegetable Gardening For Dummies right now for just $13. Our absolute favorite flower gardening book is Easy Gardens for the South, and while it doesn’t talk about vegetable gardening much, it’s a great resource for flower gardens if you live in the South.
You can also check out my garden board on Pinterest . . . oh to pinch enough pennies to buy everything there! 😉