Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes.
It’s cheapskate approved and a fine american tradition. It’s also a terrific way to get a
little exercise, enjoy the great outdoors and best of all save some money, by growing your own grub. Stay Cheap! Hey! I’m Jeff Yeager the ultimate cheapskate and host of the Cheap Life. I’ve got some great cheapskate secrets that will help you
get the most out of your garden. Real estate experts say that landscaping,
when done right, can increase the value of some home homes by tens of thousands of dollars and they say money
doesn’t grow on trees. LJ: Speaking of money leave your best cheapskate gardening tips in the comment section below for a chance to win a fifty dollar gift card. First try going flowers, vegetables and herbs from seeds rather than buying seedlings. Plants that start from seeds like these will cost about ninety five
percent less. And that’s no small potato. You can start seedlings in a wide
variety of repurposed containers like cardboard boxes, old toilet paper tubes, even newspaper, or half an egg shell an avocado shell and whatever you do don’t know that away! Plastic clam shell containers are great for making a miniature greenhouse. The perfect incubator for your seedlings. Growing your own food is one of the best ways to
cut down on your grocery bill, take herbs for example. A pack of store bought herbs can cost up to six bucks and only last a meal or two. But if you grow your own it’ll only cost
a couple of bucks and some TLC and you’ll have beautiful, delicious herbs throughout the year. And did you know that newspapers make terrific weedwhackers? Putting down several layers of newspaper before you mulch will help retain moisture and further prevent those pesky little fellers from popping up. Check with your local landfill and road crews for cheap and sometimes even free mulch. Cheapskate shoutout! Here’s a great tip from the daily grain
dot com. Sprinkle good old-fashioned rock salt on gravel driveways and
pathways; places where you definitely don’t want anything to grow in the spring time. It’ll keep weeds from taking root all season long. You know I like to stock up on discounted rock salt at the end of winter. And if there’s any left, its margarita time! Gardeners know the importance of PH
balance in healthy soil. Here’s a cheap and easy home soil test you can do
with just a few household items. Scoop some soil into an container and then add a half a cup of vinegar. If the soil bubbles or fizzes, its alkaline. If there’s no reaction at all scoop some fresh soil into another container and mix with a half a cup of water. Then add a half a cup of baking soda and
see if that soil bubbles and fizzes. If it does that means it’s highly
acidic and you should sprinkle wood ash, lime, coffee grounds or even eggshells on your dirt to help boost the PH level. For a soil that tests alkaline, try spreading pine needles, or sulfur around your yard. This will not only amend the health of your soil, it’ll make your darling flowers say Flower: ” Thank you Mr. Cheapskate” Jeff: Awww Your welcome little fella. I’m Jeff Yeager for the Cheap Life. Get growing and stay cheap! A big cheapskate congratulations to Kris Moore! Winner of a fifty dollar gift card for her romantically cheap Valentine’s day idea. Be sure to check out my other videos. And don’t forget to subscribe. It’s Free!