Q: How Does Your Garden Grow?

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A:  Frugally.  And surprisingly well considering my black thumb and that super dry patch of summer we went through.

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I wrote earlier in the summer about how I had received wildflower seeds as a wedding favor.  I mourned my inability to help anything grow as I thought I had only grown weeds.  Turns out I just hadn’t given my flowers long enough.  I think wildflowers may technically be weeds, anyways.  But I got them to bloom.  There’s blue and white, but there’s also deep red and purple.  I’m quite proud.

Not too long after mother’s day, my mother brought me a whole bunch of flowers.  Because they were on sale BOGO.  So I got all the get ones.  Thanks, mom!  These hanging impatiens were perfect for my patio garden.
You may notice I’m not growing anything practical.  Like food.  Oops.  I want to master the easy flowers like weeds and shade plants before I move on to anything that takes real work.  I’ve got to hone my skills.  Do you have a frugal garden?  Would love to hear about what you’re growing and how you made it happen.

12 thoughts on “Q: How Does Your Garden Grow?

  1. Modest Money

    One day I’d like to have a garden, but my balcony doesn’t get enough sunlight through the day. So I don’t think it would do very well. I think I’d also struggle to find time to properly manage it.

  2. Michelle

    We experienced a bit of a dry spell here also, so our vegetable garden wasn’t very fruitful this year. They actually had an area wide ban on watering your lawn, and we just assumed we’d get in trouble if we watered our garden…even though we saw lots of other people doing so! We decided to be honest citizens! Honest citizens with pathetic gardens and hungry bellies, but honest all the same.

  3. Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs

    I want a garden SO BAD, but our yard isn’t big, doesn’t get much sun and the only truly feasible spot to grow seems to be a favorite spot of our neighbor’s cat to do their business. Grrr… So maybe later this year or in spring I’ll do a bucket or two of 2-3 plants and put them in the front as yard decor/food.

  4. Shilpan

    I love to garden, but time is a huge constraint. Nonetheless, I plant selective vegetables that my family enjoys most. I almost feel spiritual when I am gardening.

  5. CF @ OutlierModel

    We’ve been writing about our balcony garden adventures as well!

    If you want to start with plants you can eat that are also easy to grow, I’d try shrubby herbs like thyme and oregano. They are shade tolerant and won’t mind too much if you forget to water them once in a while.

  6. Nell @ Housewife Empire

    My first attempt at a veggie garden was PITIFUL this year. I tried to do it organically and I failed!! 3 out of 5 plants DEAD. I was actually planning to do a eulogy for my tomatoes on my blog, lol. I’m so upset!!

  7. Holly@ClubThrifty

    I also have a black thumb- lol.

    Your garden looks much better than mine. My grass was almost brown a few weeks ago. We didn’t have time to do a veggie garden this year but I wish we had.

    I think you are doing great!

  8. Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter

    I love to garden and we have for the last three years. We grow numerous veggies and flowers. We start them all by seed and then once they are big enough we plant them outside. It barely costs us anything and we save a ton on groceries.

  9. Motherhood on the Rocks

    I have a black thumb too. Someone gave me an aloe plant once and said “you can’t kill these.” Watch me… I either over water or under water or forget about them completely until they’re dried up weeds. sigh


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