There is no need to spend a fortune on a vegetable garden or kitchen garden. You don’t need to spend a dime on most of the essentials to get started.
As a way to help new gardeners get started on the path to greater resilience and self-sufficiency, here are some zero-cost tips for planting a vegetable garden right now:
Even if you aim to grow a low-maintenance garden, you’ll still need a few tools to get the job done. You may be concerned about the cost of acquiring these products.
However, the good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on tools. In some cases, it may even be possible to receive all you need for nothing.
When starting a low-cost or no-cost vegetable garden, keep in mind that fewer tools are usually better.
The use of ‘no-dig’ gardening techniques, which means that there will be no digging and a lot less manual labor, is strongly recommended by us. A shovel or spade may still be necessary for moving materials.
To get you started, here’s a list of the most essential tools for your vegetable garden:
- a shovel or a spade
- Garden fork.
- Small trowel.
- a pair of secateurs or garden shears.
- A wheelbarrow
Even though there are many additional tools that may be useful, these are the essentials that you should have at the start. Extras are welcome but aren’t absolutely necessary. It’s possible that you don’t need all of these.
Getting Tools For Free
There is no guarantee that you will be able to get free garden tools unless you have the ability to create your own. However, there are a lot of options you might explore before making a final decision. You could:
Find out if anyone in your circle of friends or family has any extra tools they don’t use.
Find out if there is a gardening club in your neighborhood that has a tool resource you may use.
Freecycle, Freegle, or Gumtree are all good places to look for freebies. Remember that even rusty or broken instruments can be repaired if they’re in good condition.
Check your local yard sales, thrift stores, and antiques stores for old tools that could be used. New wooden handles can be made from branches from your own backyard using the metal ends of garden equipment.