Gardening is a rewarding but often expensive hobby. For a basic garden, it’s mostly more expensive in the beginning phase. There are the actual plants, garden tools, planting pots, nutrient-rich soil, and fences to consider. As tempting as it may be to get cheap items to start your garden, investing in quality is best. You also don’t want to skimp out on the necessary items, because your garden’s lack of it will show. As a gardener, you may be wondering, how can I get my garden started for less? Here are a few tips.
Use Free Information
If you’re trying to grow a garden on a budget, the internet is your best friend. Instead of spending extra dollars on books, magazines, and workshops, go online and use websites like YouTube for free instructional videos and landscaping layouts. The internet is full of websites, blogs, podcasts and more to help your garden prosper. If you like reading printed materials, go to your local library where you can check out books and magazines for free.
Do It Yourself
Do you usually go to the garden center to buy things like compost or mulch? Well, it’s time to change that. Instead of spending money on these materials, learn to make it yourself. Shred those fallen leaves and use them for mulch. Compost is also a relatively easy thing to make yourself. Use things like coffee grinds, fruit, grass clippings, egg shells, and raw vegetables.
Use What You Already Have
If you’ve been gardening for some time, it is likely that your crops have yielded seeds that you can use to re-grow your plants, eliminating the need to buy them. This saves money and assures you that you are growing a certain caliber of crop.
Reusing old or unused items is a great way to save some money. Unwanted things like crates, boxes, wood, and wicker baskets can easily be used to decorate your garden and give it some character on a budget. If you have old broomsticks or pieces of wood, they can be painted in eye-catching colors or patterns to make borders for your crops and plants.
Gardening expenses can be kept low in a variety of ways. Through free internet research and making your own compost, you’ll save a ton of money right off the bat. There is no need to purchase new items to give your garden a great look. Repurpose items you already have in your house, yard, or garage.
What are your best frugal gardening tips?