The first year in my vegetable garden I always seemed to be buying things.
Now I am learning to garden smarter and save money.
By throwing grass clippings, and weed free green cuttings under the tree at the bottom of the garden, and digging vegetable scraps and soil into these piles I now have a rich mix in which to grow seedlings.
Compost and seedlings were such a large expense in my first garden year, but this collection of tomato seedlings ready to begin their journey in my garden actually grew out of the compost so again a saving.
Small `pioneers' as self sown plants are called are much hardier than anything you could buy.
This magnificent ginger plant was also self sown, a result of digging vegetable scraps into the garden soil to add body.
Nothing compares to fresh ginger from your own vegetable garden.
My next journey into saving money will be by seed saving and propogating.
This journey is already beginning with a collection of small trees in my nursery area under the shade of a large tree.
The weather is just beginning to be ideal for gardening here and feels like there is so much to do.