Maintaining your frugal garden
DIY Pesticides

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.

Weed Killers
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.

Garden Fertilizer
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
Bay leaves
Black pepper
Cream of tarter powder
Dried peppermint

Sprinkle any one of the above near the ant infestation.

Kill Slugs
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.

Tomato Hornworms
Plant basil alongside tomato plants to control tomato hornworms in your garden.

Cabbage Worms
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.

Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

The Frugal Living Blog

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

Custom Search