What Vegetable Should I Grow First To Save Money On Groceries?

Two years ago, I asked myself this same exact question. I was a few months into paying off a massive amount of debt, but I still wanted to be able to eat well. Gardening sounded like the best option, but I had no idea where to start. I knew nothing and I was drowning in […]

How To Turn A Fountain Into A Planter

When we bought our fixer upper, it featured a two-tiered water fountain in the middle of our interior courtyard. Unfortunately, the rusty 40-year-old pump did not work. After a few hard rain storms, the fountain turned from a unique conversation piece into a mosquito breeding ground. We knew we needed to come up with a […]

A Cheap And Effective Way To Wash Produce

Psst. I have a secret money-saving tip to share. You do not need to spend money on fancy vegetable washes and sprays to clean fresh produce. Everyone knows that you should clean produce from your garden, the store or farmer’s market. But you don’t need yet another product to get the job done. Some people […]

How To Prepare Your Garden Before You Sell Your Home

We sold two homes last year. And both of the homes had lovely gardens that I showcased to help sell the homes fast and for the right price. Do you want to know my favorite tips to prepare your garden before you sell your home? First, the more I write and talk about gardening, the more I […]

(2 Ingredient!) Cheap & Natural Insect Repellent

Summer is just around corner. That means picnics, park play dates, pool days…and bugs. I live in a house that backs up to wooded conservation land in Florida. For those from other parts of the country, “woods” in Florida means “swamp-like jungle.” Think dense vines, spiders, snakes, alligators and wild boars. Yes, REALLY scary pigs! And of course, bugs everywhere. Mosquitos […]

One Brilliant Tip To Protect Plants During A Freeze

It’s something that every gardener has to deal with – an unexpected cold snap. (Yes, even in Florida!) Luckily, I discovered a BRILLIANT trick to quickly and efficiently protect plants during a freeze. By using this technique, even the tiniest plant in my garden – a little bean sprout above – survived. Last week as the temperatures […]

How To Build A Raised Garden Bed (On A Budget!)

Building a budget raised garden bed was the BEST decision I made for my garden. If you live in an area with less than superb soil or you want to use the square foot gardening technique, building a raised garden bed is a must. But I found that many tutorials complicate or add unnecessary expense […]

How To Grow Tomatoes For Cheap Or Free

Growing food is one of the most rewarding hobbies I dabbled in while paying off $81,400 worth of debt. I say dabble because I’m far from an expert. The only thing I have going for me is that I successfully grew (and ate!) my own food. My own delicious, organic food. My own FREE FOOD. […]

Review Of My First Garden Ever

I did it! My first garden season was a wild success. If you’re new to JaneSaves.com, I’ll let you in on a secret. (Lean in closer to the screen. A little closer. Okay, that’s good.) Before July  2015, I had never grown a plant from a seed. That’s right. I’ve been gardening a whopping six months. I remember sitting on my […]