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Grow Food For FREE Today πŸƒ

Little Patch Of Love Blg How to Grow for FreeΒ 

Have you wanted to start growing your own food, but not sure where to start or financially it feels out of reach? Then fear not, the path to green abundance is cheaper than you think.

Growing food can actually be FREE or a take a small investment once you have your patch established.

The core tools you need are a small list, which includes, seeds, compost, fertilizer, some basic tools. Everything else you can improvise and if you are growing organically, even better, because there are a ton of free ways to improve your growing.

So if you have a low starting budget here are 7 key tips to get you started with your growing journey.

#1 Join a Community Growing Project

Community Growing Projects


This option will set you back a possible joining fee, but once you are in, you join a whole band of growers, with varying expertise and the infrastructure already possibly set up to get growing straight away. Usually, with a community project, you work together on the land and get to share the harvest with your members and the local community. It can also be a brilliant social exercise if you want to meet new friends. Plus you’ll usually be giving back to the local community by providing a healthy green space for all ages to play and grow.

#2 Use Recycled Growing Pots

Grow seeds in toilet rolls

You really don’t need to buy any special pots to grow your plants. The best organic gardeners, use what they have available. So all those toilet roll tubes you chuck away, start saving them. A daily newspaper can make an excellent first growing pod, egg cartons, metal tins with holes in, old yogurt pots and just about any container can make an excellent first germinating pot.

#3 Make Your Own Compost

How to make compost: Little Patch Of Love

This may sound harder than you think, but today there are special bags you can buy, that allow you to mix up your organic waste and make an excellent growing medium for your seeds and plants. If you already recycle your green waste, then this is just a bonus step. There's a little art to making sure you have the perfect mix. Mix together in equal parts of fruit and veg with coffee grounds, egg shells, shredded paper, wood chips, garden waste and this will make the perfect mix.

#4 Grow From Scraps

Did you know you can grow from scaps?

You can really be a hero in zero waste, by recycling you've table scraps and replanting them to grow again. This method is like taking a cutting of your favorite flower, instead, you use the head of the plant to regrow into another full sized plant. Growers have seen success with everything from potatoes, pineapples, celery, ginger, garlic, lettuce, cabbages, bok choy, lemongrass and so much more.

#5 Seed Swap

This will need you to have some seeds already, but once you have a stash, you can join a local seed swap club. These are a great way to get a variety of free seeds, because who needs 500 lettuces right? Some clubs even giveaway or share their cuttings of bigger plants, that would ordinarily take a long time to grow to full size. If you are trying to grow organic, you may want to seek out a heritage seed club to get the best local heritage seed for your patch. Heritage seeds are original unmodified seeds usually grown for centuries in the local environment, so the seed is perfect for organic growing.

#6 Save Your Organic Seeds

The cheapest way to acquire seeds, especially if you buy organic fruits and vegetables is to save the seeds. If your organic food has been grown locally, with organic seed, it means the seeds will have the ability to germinate if dried and potted up with some quality compost. Minimalist growers have successfully grown cucumbers, pumpkins, peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, lettuces and even potatoes.

# 7 Free Fertilizer

Seaweed as A fertilizer

There is an abundance of choice when it comes to free organic fertilizers. This is one of the most exciting aspects of free growing is that you can use so much to boost your plant's growth.

Spending a day at a beech full of seaweed?

Gather it up and use to make a seaweed concentrate fertilizer. The mix is so potent and your plants will love it.

Do you have an open fire?

Use the wood ash to spread on your soil.

Do you drink coffee?

Then save coffee grounds and add to your plants as a fertilizing mulch.

This one is a little gross, but urine added to your compost will activate your compost and make it decompose quicker and you’ll be left with a rich nutrient dense feed for your plants.

Do you live near a farm?

Then go ask for some manure, chances are the farmer will love you for helping him shift the pile. The only thing to check if you are trying to grow organic is if the farmers use vaccinations or hormones on the animals, this will be present in the manure and then will leach into soil and into your plants.

We hope this helps you on your growing journey and if you like what you read, drop us a comment and say hello or you can join our community newsletter,Β 

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  • Louise Sullivan
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  • Joan Kubes
    Joan Kubes

    These are great ideas! I grow a garden every summer.

  • Gloria Luongo
    Gloria Luongo

    Thanks for the good ideas.

  • Cassandra D
    Cassandra D

    Thank you for the important information

  • Donna porter
    Donna porter

    These are some wonderful ideas that I will surely put to use.

  • Anita Jude
    Anita Jude

    These are great ideas and they look like they would work great

  • Pat F
    Pat F

    I love all these great ideas. Thank you for sharing. We will be getting our garden going soon. So excited!

  • Robin Wolfe
    Robin Wolfe

    My biggest problem is my husbands rescue cats. They take over all the window space. And, will play and knock over. Never able to start indoor. I wish I could afford a green house.

  • Melinda Berlin
    Melinda Berlin

    I’ve planted some eatable flowers, peppers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes , and radishes so far.

  • Carrie Conley
    Carrie Conley

    I am just starting, I have a small space but I will be sharing if and when something comes up



  • kathy m
    kathy m

    I use recycled growing pots and glass containers for starting my plants, love them! Thanks for the great idea’s on here!

  • Dana Matthews
    Dana Matthews

    Great tips! I like the idea of recycling items to be first pots. I’ve been guilty of spending money to start this process. Not anymore!

  • Aimee G.
    Aimee G.

    I have a firepit which is used frequently in the summer. I never knew the ash could be spread in the garden!

  • Julie L.
    Julie L.

    wow some very good ideas! I always spend too much so this would really be great

  • Terri Shaw
    Terri Shaw

    Very informative. Thank you for the great ideas!

  • Katherine  V
    Katherine V

    Neat ideas. Some of these are new to me. Thanks

  • Rita Spratlen
    Rita Spratlen

    Great ideas! I already throw my coffee grounds out in the garden. I will have to do more! Thanks for the giveaway too!

  • Eva Mack
    Eva Mack

    it’s life wonderful. Grow it …

  • Theresa Jenkins
    Theresa Jenkins

    My 90 yrs young Dad has been doing this since before being organic and recycling was kool

  • James Lee
    James Lee

    These are some excellent ideas!

  • Donnie Barnett
    Donnie Barnett

    Good ideas

  • Calvin

    Very nice techniques to use to use scraps to the max. I think that you can create a great sustainable garden which can also help nourish you.

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