I hate reality shows. However there's one that's just kicking off out in San Francisco that I'm looking forward to watching. You might call it "The Frugal Farmers" or "Gardeners Gone Wild."
The challenge: Raise half the food you eat this year in a garden that costs absolutely nothing to maintain.
Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson are the authors of The Scavengers' Manifesto, and are the brain trust behind what they call "No-Cost Gardening." They're taking the challenge themselves and have thrown down the gardener's gauntlet for you to do the same. They'll be reporting their progress -- the good, the bad and the arugula -- on their Website, and I plan to check back in with them periodically here at The Green Cheapskate to see how their garden grows.
Anneli and Kristan describe themselves as full-time scavengers. "We've made a lifestyle out of getting stuff (legally) without spending a cent," they say. My Inner Miser applauds them for helping to show people that gardening need not be expensive. Sadly, what started out as a way to save money (i.e. growing your own food) has, in our uber consumer society, morphed into a $40 billion annual industry of specialized gardening tools, overpriced seeds and nursery stock and even stylish garden apparel. Do you really need a special wardrobe to dig in the dirt?
Here are some of the tips from Anneli's and Kristan's Website for getting plant seeds for little or no cost:
Learn more about starting a garden from seeds.
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