Growing your own sprouts

How to Sprout Lentils Sprouting is something that everyone can do to grow fresh nutritious food for very little cost.  For about five years, the Gustos have been growing our own sprouts and eating them every day. At this point, we have developed our own method of sprouting, which is what I am going to […]

Lusher, happier plants for free

I got a great gardening tip from a coworker a few years ago. It’s so obvious – but one of those things I just never thought of. Instead of buying plant food or fertilizer, simply catch rain water and store it in jugs.  You can use it to supplement your plants between rainfall. The last […]

Growing sprouts at home: update

We have come a long way with sprouting since my last post about it!  Here are some pictures and the basics of how we’re sprouting at home. You need: a jar with a lid that allows air-flow pantyhose and a rubber band works if you keep it pulled tight, or use a mason jar with […]

More garden pics

We bought two blueberry bushes for $9.00 each, and they are already putting off blueberries.  We have seven tomato plants – this one is “husky” cherry tomato! Cucumber in the back, several different kinds of basil, oregano, dill and an un-identified shrub.

Adventures in Gardening

Green beans, black-eyed peas, corn, squash, and snow peas.   Everything except the squash is from seed, which was really cheap. We’ve scavenged or found long sticks and pipes for bean poles.We laid down sheets of cardboard to help block the grass and weeds from coming back.  Those cost us nothing!    Cucumber plants! These are […]

Frugal gardening tips

Before you buy plants, look closely at how many plants there are in the pot.  Sometimes you can find up to four or five plants in a single pot, for the same price as a pot that has only one plant.  Use a sharp knife to cut the roots, rather than tearing them apart.  A […]

Grow your own sprouts: cheap fresh veggies

I love bean sprouts and alfalfa sprouts on salads and sandwiches, but I am not going to pay $3 – $5 per package for them.  Right now I’m sprouting things I already have on hand: wheat and lentils, which are almost ready to eat. I think sprouted lentils are my new favorite food. Growing sprouts […]

My plants update 3/13/10

My marjoram is hanging in there and starting to spread out and grow a bit.  All three rosemary plants almost doubled in size over the week. Growing your own fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs does not have to be costly.  If you have your own compost pile, you have a renewable source of gardening soil.  […]

My herb plants

I am so glad that the weather is warming up.  Since it was so nice out this weekend I decided to clean up and re-pot the plants on my front porch. At the height of summer my porch was overflowing with herbs, but when winter set in, half of my plants died completely and several […]

Grow something!

Last spring was our first try at growing edible plants.  Since we live in a rental, we are growing in containers in lieu of a garden.  On the the front porch we had basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, peppermint, stevia, tomatoes, aloe, and some other random plants. We got started pretty late and even though we […]