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How to Score Seeds for your Garden on a Budget or for FREE

Buying seeds and creating a garden doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you would be surprised how easy and cheap it is! I’ve listed below 3 ways that you can start your garden without breaking the bank.

Using seeds from vegetables and fruit that you buy from the farmer’s market

A two-for-one way to plant seeds for your garden is to buy the actual fruit or vegetable, enjoy it and use the seeds to plant more in your garden. For example, we do this with peppers all the time. We keep the seeds, we dry them out for a few days on a paper towel and plant in our garden.

NOTE: Some vegetables do very well in the garden when you plant the vegetable itself. For example, we do this with potatoes. We cut a few that are small or not looking so great from the bag (I either make garlic potatoes or potato salad with the rest) and we cut them in half and plant. I cannot tell you how many hauls of potatoes that we have produced using this method! I highly recommend doing this and, on sale, you can usually get a bag of potatoes for $3.99. Worth every penny for us!

Garlic potatoes

Dollar Store Seeds

The Dollar Store seasonally sells seeds. You can purchase 4 for $1.00 or 2 for $1.00 (well, now 4 for $1.25 or 2 for $1.25 because, you know, inflation!), but, it’s very inexpensive to buy seeds from there. I’ll admit, we haven’t had the best of luck with the seeds we have bought from there but that doesn’t mean that they will not agree with the soil in your area! They are worth the try and very affordable.

Ask your neighbors, family and friends to save their seeds for you

Why not? They are only going to throw the seeds away, right? Why not ask them to save them for you, especially if they do not garden themselves? Free seeds? Yes, please!

Speaking of people who do not have gardens, I don’t think many realize how crucial it will be in the coming years that everyone have some kind of garden to grow their own food. If you do not have the room outside of your house, then there are plenty of ways to grow your own food inside your house or apartment. It’s not only crucial because of the rising price of food these days, but it’s also so much healthier for you and your family! You know exactly where your food is coming from and there’s a sense of relief in knowing that, at least for us.

Happy Gardening!