How to Add Homeschool Gardening on a Budget

Add some fun homeschool gardening to your routine on a budget. Help your kids learn about plants, ecology, and self-sustainability!

Try homeschool gardening to make learning (and life) a bit more fun

If your kids like learning with hands-on activities, homeschool gardening is a great idea.  Now is probably the time to start, no matter where you’re located.  Having and planting your own garden is a wonderful way for anyone can have the option to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies straight from their own backyard for many months out of the year.

It’s not only a healthier option, it can actually be quite a money saver as well!  Think of the time and money that you can save by literally just walking out to your backyard to grab some veggies for dinner that night rather than hopping in the car and driving to the store.  Each time you head to the store, a couple different things happen…

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First, you spend money using the gas to get there and second, there’s a good chance that you may end up spending more money than you planned.  Getting side-tracked by other items on the shelves happens in the blink of an eye!  Why take that risk when you can just plant and grow your own garden?  If you are already on a tight budget, it is possible to learn how to garden with minimal costs.  If you’re interested in tips for adding a garden to your homeschool, while staying on track with your budget, here are 5 suggestions on how to get it started!

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1. Head to the library

Trust me, in order to be successful in gardening, you are going to need to become educated about it.  Knowing you are on a budget, who has money to spend on gardening books that cost a ton of money when you can head to the library and check out as many as you want for free?

Grab ones that interest you, then head home to get educated.  It’s the first step you need to take before starting your garden.  If you are a little less patient (like me), your library may have them available, for free, as ebooks.  Audiobooks are also a great option if you’re budgeting time as well!

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2.  Decide how you want to start your homeschool gardening journey and where!

Will you use seeds?  Or will you buy pre-grown plants? Do you have space already dug up in your yard?  Perfect; that’s the best-case scenario.  If you don’t, then that leaves you with a couple of options…

Find an area to dig up yourself, which can be easy or difficult depending on the type of soil in your area, or decide to build an above ground garden bed, which will cost a little bit of money upfront, but will save your back and time from digging around in the dirt.   We went with a raised bed (this is the one we made) since we live on base, but it was worth it, and not too crazy expensive.

Either way works, and both will take some effort, but adding gardening to your homeschool will be worth it!

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3.  Find local compost to add to your garden

For your garden to be successful, you need to have good soil to able to give those seeds and plants the nutrients that they need to grow.  While this can be bought at the store, check around in your local town to see if anyone happens to offer garden compost cheap or free.

Just by asking around, you may be able to get super-rich nutrient soil and compost for next to nothing!  Local Facebook groups are a great source to check.  If you learn enough about it, it may even be something you can sell to aspiring backyard gardeners in your area.

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4.  Only buy what you plan on actually planting

It can be so tempting to buy every seed in sight when you are giddy about starting your garden.  It’s important to remember that not every seed will grow well in your climate.  Have a plan!  This is helpful for your kids to see and understand as well!

You can’t overcrowd the space that you have set up and ready for your seeds.  They need adequate room to grow and if you do overcrowd them, then the potential for them to not survive is higher.  Talk about a waste of money!  Check the Farmer’s Almanac online to figure out what and when to plant in your area.

If you’re considering adding gardening to your homeschool routine… do it! The learning can go on and on, and there are so many benefits!

5.  Plant veggies that are higher in price at the grocery store

While this may seem like an odd tactic, it’s important to do!  The veggies that are often super cheap at the grocery store don’t necessarily need to be the ones that you plant to take up room in your garden.  Worst case scenario, if and when you want those veggies, you can then head to the store and buy them inexpensively.

Instead, plant the veggies or fruits that cost quite a bit.  That way, you’re saving a ton of money being able to grow them from seeds that you spent just a couple bucks on!

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To make this an even more educational opportunity

Consider adding some gardening printables to your experience as well!  Homeschool gardening wouldn’t be complete without some gardening worksheets or copy work!  It’s also way more fun than some other stuff they could be doing!

You can grab mine from the store (50% off for the first 2 days) or even make your own!  Write out some prompts or have them draw some pictures, notebooking style.

Consider having them help you with meal planning and cooking with the fruits of their labor as well!

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Learning how to garden and stay within your budget is a real possibility!

Gardening doesn’t have to be elaborate, over the top or expensive.  Honestly, it can be a frugal way to grow your own food if you plan well.  Try these suggestions above.  It’s incredible what you can grow right in your own background that will provide many delicious meals and snacks for weeks of enjoyment!  Let’s get back to some self-sustainability by adding some “homeschool gardening” to our lives!

-Jill

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