Worthington Farmers Market: February 3

February 2, 2018

How to Start a Spring Garden on a Shoestring Budget

This week's newsletter comes from friend and customer of

the Worthington Farmers Market, Maria Cannon.

Image by Pixabay 

 

Gardening is like a lot of other hobbies. It can cost as much, or as little, as you want it to cost. Here's are some cost-cutting tips for budget gardeners.

 

Tip # 1: Share the Load

Ever hear the story of the stone soup? It's a parable about the benefits of sharing resources. It has lessons for all of us, including those who want a  spring garden but are a bit tight on finances. 

 

One way is to join with like-minded folks in your area, either to create a community garden or to help each individual garden to produce more. Here’s why:

 

  • You and your friends can pool your cash to buy seeds and other supplies in bulk.

  • You can throw a seed swap party, which is always great fun.

  • You can share the labor - and the joy - that comes with gardening.

  • You can harvest the crop together and enjoy a common meal made with the fruit (or veggies) of your labor.

 

Tip # 2: Start From Seeds, Not Plants

Many gardeners prefer using plantings, as they can save time versus beginning with seeds. But plantings add to the costs of getting your garden going. Starting with seeds is far more economical. You'll find a handy video primer on this timely topic at this site. By starting your seeds soon, you can have plenty of time to transplant them to your garden come spring.

 

Tip # 3: Repurpose

The world is full of useful items that find their way into landfills. Take plastic buckets, for example. They're used for packaging all kinds of goods, from cat litter to pickles. But those same containers can make the dandiest plant holders you've ever seen. Some people even grow corn in castaway buckets. Here are some other materials you can use:

 

  • Milk jugs

  • Hub caps

  • Barrels

  • Pallets (with a little finagling)

 

Tip # 4: Container Gardening

Imagine growing tons of flowers or veggies in a space no bigger than the average small bathroom, with no need to till, fine-tune fussy soil, or fight mounds of indestructible weeds. All this is possible when you discover the delights of container gardening, according to Better Homes & Gardens. This method is economical if you use local soil amended with your own compost rather than buying it by the bag. 

 

You can make compost from items such as:

 

  • Grass clippings

  • Potato peels

  • Vegetables in your fridge that are past their prime

  • Coffee grounds

  • Watermelon rinds

  • Dead or wilted flowers

  • Tree bark

  • Pine needles

 

Use this information along with your own initiative and you'll soon be raising plants with the best of 'em. Good luck and good gardening!
 

Our vendors for Saturday, February 3rd include (in both alphabetical and numerical order):

 

1    Brown Bros. Farms, LLC
2    A Few Of My Favorite Things...
3    Native Cold Pressed
4    Stonefield Naturals
5    Miam Cake
5.5    Dos Hermanos Taco Truck
6    Dan the Baker LLC
7    Blue Owl Garden Emporium LLC
8    Gourmet Candy by Karen
9    Tiger Mushroom Farms
10    Blue Jacket Dairy
10.5    KALEZEES Kale Chips
11    Franklinton Farms
12    Flower Child Granola
13    Worthington Resource Pantry 
14    SaraBee Pure Honey
15    bak
16    Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese
17    Organic GreenFix
18    Made Without Grain
19    North Country Charcuterie
20    Patisserie Lallier
21    The Market Sharpener 
22    Wayward Seed Farm
23    Wayward Seed Farm
24    VanScoy Farms
25    Golden Life Dog Food, LLC
26    Lucky Cat Bakery
27    9N FARM
28    Mockingbird Meadows 
29    Pleiades Maple Products
30    Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
31    Speckled Hen Farm
Info    
32    Spotted Salamander Soap Company, LLC
33    Ohio City Pasta
34    Michael's Artisan Chocolates LLC
35    Up the Lane Farm
36    Weed Knob Acres
37    Purple Sage Bakery
38    Fox Hollow Garden
39    Too Good Eats 
40    Sweet thing gourmet
41    Gillogly Orchard
42    Gillogly Orchard
43    Oink Moo Cluck Farms LLC
44    Silver Bridge Coffee Company
45    Dana Lee's Bakery & Catery
46    Jorgensen Farms
47    Kingdom Fish
48    The crazy cucumber
49    Fired Up Pizza
50    Miss Cristy's Bakery
51    Ohio Farm Direct 
52    Allergy-free Bake Shop dba Soodles Bake Shop
53    Curly Tail Organic Farm
54    JNA BREAD BAKERY
55    Ohio Bison Farm 
56    Honeyrun Farm
57    Rock Dove Farm
58    Charqui Jerky Co.
59    Ramble Coffee
 

 

27    9N FARM
2    A Few Of My Favorite Things...
52    Allergy-free Bake Shop dba Soodles Bake Shop
15    bak
10    Blue Jacket Dairy
7    Blue Owl Garden Emporium LLC
1    Brown Bros. Farms, LLC
58    Charqui Jerky Co.
30    Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
53    Curly Tail Organic Farm
6    Dan the Baker LLC
45    Dana Lee's Bakery & Catery
5.5    Dos Hermanos Taco Truck
49    Fired Up Pizza
12    Flower Child Granola
38    Fox Hollow Garden
11    Franklinton Farms
41    Gillogly Orchard
42    Gillogly Orchard
25    Golden Life Dog Food, LLC
8    Gourmet Candy by Karen
56    Honeyrun Farm
54    JNA BREAD BAKERY
46    Jorgensen Farms
10.5    KALEZEES Kale Chips
47    Kingdom Fish
26    Lucky Cat Bakery
18    Made Without Grain
5    Miam Cake
34    Michael's Artisan Chocolates LLC
50    Miss Cristy's Bakery
28    Mockingbird Meadows 
3    Native Cold Pressed
19    North Country Charcuterie
55    Ohio Bison Farm 
33    Ohio City Pasta
51    Ohio Farm Direct 
43    Oink Moo Cluck Farms LLC
17    Organic GreenFix
20    Patisserie Lallier
29    Pleiades Maple Products
37    Purple Sage Bakery
59    Ramble Coffee
57    Rock Dove Farm
14    SaraBee Pure Honey
44    Silver Bridge Coffee Company
16    Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese
31    Speckled Hen Farm
32    Spotted Salamander Soap Company, LLC
4    Stonefield Naturals
40    Sweet thing gourmet
48    The crazy cucumber
21    The Market Sharpener 
9    Tiger Mushroom Farms
39    Too Good Eats 
35    Up the Lane Farm
24    VanScoy Farms
22    Wayward Seed Farm
23    Wayward Seed Farm
36    Weed Knob Acres
13    Worthington Resource Pantry 
Info    
 

Our Musical Entertainment sponsored by The Market Sharpener: Columbus Folk Music Society

 

Our Community Table: Ohio Wildlife Center

 

Join us this Saturday, and every Saturday from 9:00am-12:00pm inside The Shops at Worthington Place!

 

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at worthingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com. See you at the market!

 

The Worthington Farmers Market is an event of the Old Worthington Partnership.

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