10 Money & Resource Saving Tips for Gardeners (Featuring Chris Towerton on Permaculture Swales)


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Our approach to frugal gardening isn’t just to look for great deals on gardening products, though that can sometimes be very helpful. Instead, it’s to not buy products at all whenever possible. We also do our best to limit the use of other purchased inputs like water and electricity. Today I share 10 strategies that allow us to get great results while spending very little money on gardening products and other inputs.

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1) 0:33 Have your soil tested before buying and applying fertilizers and amendments
2) 1:31 Make your own compost from free local resources
3) 2:54 Mulch your garden with free local resources
4) 4:31 Grow nitrogen fixing cover crops
5) 5:03 Grow in polycultures
6) 6:14 Grow edible perennials and self-sowing annuals
7) 7:09 Save seeds
8) 7:34 Grow most plants from seed instead of buying plant starts
9) 8:07 Repurpose, reuse, and upcycle
10) 8:31 Conserve water
9:47 Chris Towerton on Permaculture swales

“Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” by Brad Lancaster: http://amzn.to/2aN3b9h

“Edible Perennial Gardening: Growing Successful Polycultures in Small Spaces”: http://amzn.to/2axqTZj

“Integrated Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems”: http://amzn.to/2ahhQuU

Cool weather cover crop seeds we use: http://www.groworganic.com/soil-builder-mix-raw-lb.html

Rob Bob’s wicking bed videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/bnbob01/search?query=wicking+bed

Chris Towerton’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrChrisTowerton

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One Yard Revolution is all about growing a lot of food on a little land using sustainable organic methods, while keeping costs and labor at a minimum. Emphasis is placed on improving soil quality with compost and mulch. No store-bought fertilizers, soil amendments, pesticides, compost activators, etc. are used.

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