You may be asking yourself…Is it really less expensive if I start my own garden? I mean all that soil and plants. Sounds like it could get out of hand really easily.
And to be honest it could depending on how you approach your garden.
So for the purpose of this example I am going to assume that you have chosen to double dig your bed. That is the least expensive, and probably least complicated option. And you are buying everything at The Natural Gardener. My favorite nursery for everything soil and vegetable garden related…
Amending Your Soil
If you’re double digging an 8′ x 4′ vegetable bed you will need 1/3 cubic yard of compost. This will give you an overall depth of 3″ to add to your soil.
At The Natural Gardener you can bag your own compost. I suggest the revitalizer blend. You will need 6 bags to be approx 1/3 of a yard.
Twice a year you should add 1″ of compost or 2 bags.
I also recommend adding 1 cup of green sand to your soil when you start and twice a year after. The 8 lb bag should last you a minimum of 2 years.
So that’s a total of
Plants + Seeds
Now you could plant any number of different combinations of plants + seeds in an 8′ x 4′ bed. So to make things less confusing I went ahead and designed an example layout. Half the bed is planted with seeds and half with plant transplants.
Plants + Seeds Total
Organic Fertilizer + Pesticide
The all purpose 8-2-4 fertilizer is the easiest way to get your plants the nutrients they’ll need.
There are some pests that you’ll need to watch out for. You can buy things like BT for caterpillars, orange oil works for most other pests and can be made at home, and organic soap such as Dr Brauner’s.
If you buy all these things your first year they should last you a minimum of 2 years.
First Season Total Garden Price $115
That is if you buy everything on this list for a successful first garden.
Following Seasons Total Garden Price $54
I’m going to launch a beginner vegetable gardening three class series. It will be all about double digging, planting, and maintaining your first 8′ x 4′ vegetable garden. I’ll be announcing dates and details sometime next week.
This Friday I’ll be sending out an information pack for free, on how to amend your soil, to anyone who is interested in the gardening course.
If you’d like to start a garden this fall and think I could help, type your email below. I will send you the free information pack and let you know when I’m opening the class for enrollment. There will be a minimum number of spots in the class this fall.