I make compost all year, and since I don't use pesticides I mulch the vegetable beds with lawn clippings. I also maintain the garden with very little money. I start a lot of plants from seeds or cuttings, and I go to yard sales. I got a $200 leaf mulcher for $25, and I mulch autumn leaves to use in the gardens.
Nothing goes to waste. I even edged a bed with old wine bottles inserted neckdown, and I put water in the depressions of the bottle bottoms to attract butterflies. Here, I used leftover brick blocks to edge a bed next to the patio, and filled it with pink lilies, purple phlox, and back-eyed Susan.