Organic Gardening for Pennies: 3 Recipes to Get You Started

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Organic-GardeningSpring is in the air, and you may have been itching to get to your local gardening center to stock up on flowers, plants, grass seed, and all of the fixings for a beautiful yard! Nothing is more rewarding than getting out and digging in the dirt, unless you can get out there and grow an Organic Garden on the Cheap! This spring, you can! There is no need to by fancy and expensive commercial plant foods and fertilizers. There is no need to waste money on expensive and silly looking bug traps and sprays. Instead, why not whip up your own? You can not only avoid the high cost of these products, but all of those disgusting and harmful fumes that can come with them!

This spring, keep a little extra green in your wallet while giving your plants all of the love they need. With just a few simple ingredients you can make your own earth friendly and effective plant foods, fertilizers, and pest control products.

Also see: Regrowing Celery

Here is how:

1. Weed Be Gone:
Take care of dandelions and other troublesome weeds with this simple concoction!


  • 1 gallon of distilled vinegar.
  • 1 cup of salt.
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Any variety will do.

1. Mix the ingredients well.
2. Pour into a labeled spray bottle.
3. Spray directly on weeds in the garden.
4. Repeat as needed every few days until weeds are gone.

2. Easy Peasy Pesticide for an Organic Garden:
Keep slugs and other bugs at bay with this simple solution. No need for harsh chemicals or expensive treatments! You can use this on edible plants as well!


  • 1 fresh minced garlic clove.
  • 1 cup of warm water.
  • 4 drops of dish soap. Any variety will do.

1. Mix the three ingredients together well.
2. Pour into a labeled spray bottle. Shake.
3. Spray generously on plants.
4.Bugs will hate this mixture and steer clear. Reapply as needed.

3. Simple and “Centisible: Plant Food:
This mixture is great for feeding indoor and outdoor plants. If you require a larger batch than the recipe yields, just double the ingredients.


  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1 teaspoon Epsom salts.
  • 1 teaspoon ammonia.
  • 1 gallon of water

1. Simply mix your ingredients in a gallon of room temperature water.
2. Store the solution in an airtight, labeled container. You can even keep it in a gallon jug if you wish.
3. Feed plants every 4 weeks with the mixture.
4. Be sure you keep your container labeled well.

As you can see, you can still enjoy a green spring and leave some green in your pocket! Give these recipes a try and see which ones work for you! So get going on your Organic Garden!


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  1. Anna Banana says

    I am concerned about the salt in the weed killer. I thought you salted the earth when you didn’t want ANYTHING to grow there, EVER. One of my old time gardener friends uses bleach formulated for garden use. It works.


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