7 Top Tips for Saving Money in the Garden

Gardening is a soothing, enjoyable hobby. However, If you don’t plan correctly, gardening can become costly.  Here are my top tips to help you save money when gardening.

How to Save Money in the Garden

Gardening, in whichever form you choose to do it in, can be a costly hobby if you leave yourself unchecked. Gardening on a budget doesn’t mean you have to cut corners or skimp on quality. However, budget gardening takes a little more organisation and planning. There are some inventive and creative ways that you can save money in the garden and still grow all the plants that you desire.

1. Grow 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. If you want a rewarding and quick turnaround, trying planting your own salad leaves, which can be ready in as little as 4 weeks and will also save you money instead of buying bags of salad from the supermarket.

Close up of seedlings

2. 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.
  • Adding some nettles to a compost bin can also help speed the process up.
  • Chickens also help with composting and their bedding can be used to enrich a compost heap. If you have the space, invest in some chickens as garden helpers.

3. 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. There are also many local gardening groups online who do this too.

4. 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.

5. 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.

pink geranium

6. Take Cuttings

Cuttings are brilliant way to create lots of new plants. Which will save you plenty of money.

7. Plan Before You Buy

It goes without saying but never 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.

Check out my vegetable and fruit planner to help you plan your growing space more effectively.

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  1. Last year I collected one neighbors grass clippings and another neighbors horse manure to start my compost pile for a new garden. It turned to “black gold” over the winter. Now that I have chickens and cows I can start my compost pile with my own contributions.

  2. I drive around my neighborhood with a truck and trailer starting in September thru mid-November collecting bags of leaves set on the curb for recycling. I dump between 4″-6″ of leaves and pine needles on top of my freshly tilled garden around Halloween. I store & save forty or fifty extra bags for spring mulching.

    In March I run my lawnmower over the leaves in my garden to chop them up…then I roto-till again. After planting, I dump the extra bags of leaves on my lawn, run them over with my lawn mower, and mulch my freshly planted garden.

    Change or sharpen the blade on the mower and you are ready to cut the grass.

    PH test the soil and amend as needed.

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