It’s January and an important time to budget for the year ahead. If you don’t plan correctly, gardening can become costly. Here are my top tips to help you save money when gardening.
- Grow your plants from seeds. This may take a little more time and effort but it’s really worth it. Not only will you save money, you’ll feel great watching your little plants grow and become something beautiful knowing that you made that happen!
- Make your own compost. You don’t need a huge space to make your own compost and there are some really great ways to create it. Try making leaf mould. Investing in a wormery (which is a great for small spaces). Having a simple compost bin or even an area in your garden dedicated to composting will all work and you’ll have some lovely compost at the end of it to enrich your garden. If you have a local stable yard you can always give them a friendly call and ask if they would mind if you collected some manure… There is always a never ending supply of that! Just be sure to let it rot before adding it to the soil.
- Share With Friends If you have friends with gardens, why not share? You can split seed and bulb packets, swap plants, save on fuel by visiting the garden centre together and even take cuttings from each others gardens.
- Be Clever with Water Having a water butt installed in the garden will save on your bill. But if the summer is pretty dry, you will inevitably end up having to water the garden. Invest in a irrigation system. Or you can even try making your own from a hose with holes. It will provide you with more efficient watering than a sprinkler or similar. You can even set it on a timer and save you some time each day too.
- Collect Bare Branches and Twigs for Plant Support Now is a good time to collect sticks to tie your peas and beans to and any other tall plants needing support. They will look more natural than their shop bought equivalent too!
- Take Cuttings. Cuttings are brilliant way to create lots of new plants. Which will save you plenty of money.
- Plan Before You Buy! It goes without saying but try not to visit the garden centre or nursery without a list. If you’re anything like me, you’ll end up being enamoured by all the beautiful colours and buy things you don’t need. Draw a rough sketch of your bed and research the plants you like. See how big they will grow and if they are suitable for the area of your garden and for your soil.
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How do you save money in the garden?
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