How you can start an edible garden with no money




My family and I started our own garden "Back to Eden Gardens" in Southwest Florida about a year ago.


To be quite frank, I never thought our garden would be as versatile as it is today, in fact, I never even thought we would ever have an edible garden.


We, or should I say, I started with two dying flowers that I happened to find in the clearance isle of Home depot and the goal was to bring them back to life. The word got out about me "resuscitating" the plants and all of the sudden I had friends giving me dying plants to take care of.


Things got even more serious when my husband grew an interest for gardening too. He is the type of person who gets really involved when he is passionate about something so I am so glad he is on board.


And that's a great tip there, if you are in a relationship or are married, try to get your partner involved in some way, try to make gardening exciting for them as it is for you. After all, this is a life style and it will require commitment and perseverance.


Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty and go straight to the point on how we started and how you can too, start your own edible garden with no money.


How you can start an edible garden with no money


1 - Regrow food


Aim to buy foods you can regrow and repurpose fruits and vegetables.


Here are foods you can regrow:


Leek

Carrot

Green Onion

Potato

Sweet Potato

Garlic

Lettuce

Celery

Onion

Bok Choy

Cabbage

Lemongrass

Ginger

Pineapple

Mushrooms

Fennel

Beet

Reddish





2 - Save the seeds


We started growing mangoes, papaya, eggplants and so many other plants simply by harvesting the seeds of the foods ate.


There are so many seeds available right at the supermarket, here are some foods you can buy to harvest the seed:


Avocado

Mangoes

Tomatoes

Papaya

Zucchini

Squash

Watermelon

Apples

Pumpkins

Limes

Lemons

Tangerines

Oranges

Melons

Peppers

Cherries

Passion Fruit

Hazelnuts

Chestnuts

Peaches and nectarines



3 - Be on the look out for free plants


If you search, you will find people giving away plants and a lot of times they are edible plants. We use Craigslist and facebook market place.


We were able to get our cranberry hibiscus for free from someone that was giving it away on facebook marketplace and just wanted it gone from their backyard.



Also, many local and state parks possess an array of different species of plants and sometimes there are fruits on the ground that you can take the seed and plant it or you may be able to take a cutting out of it, just be on the look out for them and you will start seeing edible plants everywhere.


Air potato found at a local park



4 - Propagate/ Cuttings


Propagating cuttings is super easy and many plants can be grown that way.


If you know someone with a particular plant you want but they don't have any seeds to share, ask them for a cutting so you can propagate it in water first and then plant them once there are roots.


We use this method to multiply our plants and it works very well.


Here are some plants that will propagate well:


Okinawa Spinach

Peppermint

Spearmint

Basil

Oregano

Moringa

Sage

Thyme

Lavender

Dragon Fruit

Lemon Balm

Cranberry Hibiscus

Mulberry

Chaya

Katuk

Blueberry

Raspberries




5 - DIY Items for your garden


If you are on a mission to really build an edible garden with little to no money then DIY-ing will definitely be one of your best friends.


For example, I really wanted a cute bird feeder for the garden, first because I love watching birds, they bring so much peace and joy and then they are also great for the garden. They take and bring seeds and their manure is fertilizer for the soil.


A friend of mine had given me a tea cup art piece and we had a piece of tree trunk left over from another project so I figured if I bonded those two together I could have a super cute bird feeder for $0 dollars.


Here's the final result.






6 - Free gardening items


Once you realize that anything and everything can turn into a gardening tool, you will literally start collecting so many things you used to throw it in the trash.


Think of tomato sauce glass jars or the like that can be used to propagate cuttings or the yogurt big tubs that can be turned into a plant pot.


Also, don't forget to always look around wherever you go and be alert for anything that is being thrown out that can be used in your garden.