Think free, or darn close to it. There are various ways and places to find low coast items for your gardening projects.
‘Use and value renewable resources” is one of the 12 permaculture design principles we explore in the Foundations of Organic Gardening course.
Sometimes this looks like building a community of people who share resources.
Sometimes this is discovering what resources we have on our property we can cultivate.
Sometimes buying something makes sense based on its utility.
Another permaculture design principle is “Produce no waste”. These two principles can go hand in hand. For example, maybe you have a tree that drops branches each year. Perhaps it makes sense to invest in a chipper so you can chip those branches into mulch instead of bring in mulch. You may be saying, ‘that is not free’, but consider how much you spend now dealing with the branches and how much you currently spend on mulch. The investment may be worth it.
Most of the things we use to build healthy living soil are free.
We explore these types of ideas all through the Foundations course, so join the fun and sign up now.