Apr 232012

growing cornMy frugal garden is providing plenty of tomatoes, and my  kids are extremely excited about our first corn crop. Last year I planted the corn too late, and it basically whithered in the heat. This year I started earlier, and it seems to be paying off.

Our mango tree is filled with great mangoes, but the mangoes need agrowing mangoest least one more month of sunshine before we can start harvesting. Unfortunately a lot of mangoes fell down this weekend due to a couple of nasty storms, but there are still plenty on the tree. We needed the rain though, and today all the plants are almost glowing in the sunshine.

I also harvested my first lime from the lime trees that my dad and his girlfriend gave us a few months ago, and I am thinking of making my first attempt at a keylime pie.


I have already had to pull up four cherry tomato plants, but these plants had been giving us cherry tomatoes for a couple of months. I still have lots of tomato plants growing in various stages, but right now it is the large tomatoes that we are harvesting.




Other changes in the frugal garden our two beautiful pineapples that are growing strong.

Pineapples in the gardenGrowing Pineapples


Finally, after two weeks the heirloom tomato seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Tomatoes have all resulted in seedlings, and I am now contemplating how to build a special tomato box just for the heirloom tomatoes, so that I do  not get them mixed up with the regular tomatoes. I planted between 6 – 9 seeds of every tomato type, and I am amazed to see that all the seeds have sprouted.



Heirloom Tomatoes


I cannot wait to see how all of these great heirloom tomato plants turn out. Don’t forget that you can win your own assortment of Baker Creek heirloom seeds right here at Frugality Is Free.

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My garden is miniscule, and you wouldn’t even believe it if I showed a photo…I’m almost embarressed to. Still, I love how I am able to grow produce for my family, and I cannot wait until the day that our orange trees and avocado trees start bearing fruits as well.

Have you started your garden yet?

  16 Responses to “The Frugal Garden: Corn, Pineapple, Lime, Tomatoes & More”

  1. We just got our tomato plants on Friday, but everything else is planted.

    Big pumpkins
    Baking pumpkins
    Kabocha, Carnival, Spaghetti squash
    Bush beans
    Snap peas

    We went a bit wild this year:)

    • Wow, Gwen you are going to have a lot of goodies. When does your planting season start and end? Can you grow anything in the summer, or does it get too hot?

  2. Congratulations on your garden here in south florida! Mine miserably failed last year it basically dried out… 🙁
    Could I ask if you used any special soil for your garden? HOw often do you water it?
    Thanks a lot!!

    • Anna, it is definitely important to start early, and if you start late, make sure that your garden is in shade at least some of the day otherwise it will definitely dry out. I get soil from a small plant place, and while it is not anything fancy it is definitely better than just regular sandy dirt. Right now I water every night, but it won’t be long before I have to start watering both morning and evening.

  3. I planted some corn and mine is barely a foot tall. I don’t think it’s going to survive the Texas heat! =( Nothing is putting on produce yet, but I got a later start that I should have. I did not take full advantage of our mild winter, thinking for sure we would have another late freeze, but it never happened.

    • Amanda, I planted the corn too late last night and they definitely didn’t make it. I am hopeful that I will be able to keep my tomatoes longer, if I keep them in a spot with part shade. I hope your garden survives the heat…homegrown produce is the best and the cheapest:)

  4. Enjoyed your post. How did you make your plant markers? I keep thinking I will remember what I Have planted, but that has not worked out 🙁 …at all!

    • June I am the same way, it is always a surprise to see what shows up. I was hoping to use icicle sticks, but with three boys in the house they weren’t where they were supposed to. Instead I used toothpicks, with paper and packing tape. They won’t last forever, but I am counting on them making it until it is time to replant.

  5. Awesome! I’m just starting my garden for this season, we are still getting frost at night. But I am putting my raised beds together and have plants growing indoors. Cukes, tomatoes and hot peppers. Can’t wait to be able to plant the rest! Sure wish I could grow pinneapple! And am so jealous of your lime and mango trees. But that’s different climate for you. 🙂

    • Debbie, I used to have to start indoors, and I sure miss being able to grow a lot of vegetables including lettuce. Lettuce just won’t grow for me down here, and neither will cucumbers. I am jealous of your growing season too:)

  6. wow your garden is amazing i would love to have a garden like that someday how do you keep the bugs off of the plants though? Because your vegetables and fruits are very lovely =}

  7. I planted a frugal garden this year with broccoli, collard greens, green lettuce, and red lettuce. Everything came up better than expected. The only problem, I didn’t realize you need to pick broccoli before it blossoms. Oh well. Better luck next time. Thanks for sharing. I might try tomatoes and corn next year.

  8. wow this garden sounds and looks great

  9. Avocados and pineapple! I’m jealous! Here in the high desert oc California, we are limited on what will grow, but am having very good luck with herbs such as basil and oregano, as well as grapes.

  10. What a wonderful garden with mangoes and pineapples! We grow grapes, basil, and oregano here in southern California, but I would love to have pineapples!

  11. We have a small city garden, but it is amazing how you can save money by planting a small spot. We eat all of our greens from top to bottom. Turnip greens are delcious when cooked with onions and a little meat. The same with beet greens. We even eat some of the weeds that grow in our garden: I prefer purslane (a weed to most people) over lettuce. At the end of the season we pickle the tomatoes that are still green on the vine and would end up being killed by frost….

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