Now that you have your frugal garden started, you'll need some frugal garden tips for maintaining your garden. Here are some frugal tips for saving money on organic gardent pest control and garden fertilizer.
Mix 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1 cup of salt and bring to a boil. Allow the mixture to cool and transfer to a spray bottle to spray on weeds as needed. It's best to spray on in full sun if at all possible. It works well and is much cheaper and safer than the chemical alternative.
Be careful, it will kill whatever plant you spray it on.
Use coffee grounds. The coffee grounds are nitrogen rich. Just sprinkle them on the soil in your backyard or container gardens. If you aren't a coffee drinker, any local coffee shop will give you their used grounds. There's nothing better than free fertilizer for your home vegetable garden.
Homemade Ant Repellant
Ants navigate by following their fellow ants' chemical trails, so any aromatic herb will disrupt their trail.
Red chilli powder
Cream of tarter powder
Sprinkle any one of the above near the ant infestation.
A cheap beer in a dish attracts and drowns slugs.
Homemade Spray for Fruit Trees
4 jalapenos or hot chillies, seeded and chopped.
2 cloves garlic
2 ounces beer
1/2 cup vinegar
1 1/2 quart water
Mix chopped chillies, garlic water and beer.
Bring to a boil for 5 minutes (covered).
Allow the mixture to steep in the pot for 24 hours. Add the vinegar, strain well and pour into a sprayer. Spray the leaves of the trees but be sure not to spray the blossoms. The mixture will keep the birds away from your fruit and your garden.
Plant basil alongside tomato plants to control tomato hornworms in your garden.
Plant Thyme alongside your cabbage to help control flea-beetles, cabbage worms and white cabbage butterflies.
Mint repels mosquitoes and produces and ordor that naturally repels aphids and cabbage pests.
Congratulations on your frugal garden. You will enjoy all the fresh food that comes from your garden, not to mention all the savings on your grocery bill. We will continue adding frugal garden tips to our site so please check back often for even more frugal garden tips.