When it comes to trying to save money with your home garden then you would be pleased to hear that there are indeed a number of options that are available to you.
In actual fact, we are going to look at 19 of the options and it is then going to be your decision as to which ones you want to put into practice and also those that may not then apply to you for whatever reason that may be.
Remember, this is only advice and there is no way of knowing how much money you are then going to end up saving.
Tip 1: Always do the research.
One of the ways that you can save some money is to make sure that you do all of your research first because it is surprising how much cash can be wasted if you just do not plan things.
You will often spend too much money on the wrong things or buy too much of other things or you even end up not enjoying what you see before you. By researching into what you want to do first and how it all fits in, you can save a fortune in next to no time.
Tip 2: Select the best value varieties.
This makes so much sense, but you can easily save money by just being clever and focusing on the best value varieties.
You will tend to find that some seeds provide you a better crop whether it be of flowers or vegetables and you also want to have something that is going to keep on giving over an extended period of time. Look at the varieties that get the best reviews so, once again, that is where your research really does come into its own.
Tip 3: Start them from Seed.
Even though it is tempting to just buy established plants and then look at getting an instant garden, that is certainly the more expensive way of doing it.
Planting garden seeds
Instead, you should look at starting things off from seed because seeds are cheaper and even when you then throw in the cost of the soil it still works out as a bargain as you get so many plants for the cost of just one established plant.
All you need to do is learn how to grow things from seed and you will be good to go.
Tip 4: Consider Sowing Seeds Straight into the Ground.
If you think about it, buying soil and all of those containers when you are growing from seed is going to add to the cost of everything and as we are looking at saving money it does mean we have to seek an alternative option.
For this, we recommend sowing seeds straight into the ground if this is at all possible. Of course, you need to be aware of the conditions first but it does cut out those costs and you will still get amazing plants.
Tip 5: Always Grow Native Plants.
You should stick to native plants and there is a pretty good reason for doing so, they are cheaper to buy whether you are getting seeds or the established thing.
You have to remember that if they are seen as being exotic then there is a rarity value attached to them and this is something to avoid as it really does throw the price up.
Tip 6: Make a Homemade Watering Can.
Pretty much anything that holds water can be a watering can and it is just a case of trying to control the flow of water so it does not hit the plants too hard.
There are of course different prices of watering cans as well so that is another option, but if you use a pot and pierce holes in the base or the sides then it can work just as well.
Tip 7: Think About Collecting Rain Water.
Recycling in the garden is a wonderful way to save money and in this instance we are focusing on collecting rain water that you can then use to water your plants.
Water your plants with rain water!
You can easily use an old barrel for this so it does not even have to cost you a lot to put it together and then you are going to be able to collect as much rain water as possible to then use later on.
Tip 8: Reuse Your Household Water.
Here is another tip regarding water and trying to preserve as much of it as possible in order to stop you spending as much money on it. Now, you can go ahead and reuse your household water so that nothing is wasted.
Clearly it is difficult to reuse certain water that goes and drains away into the sewer, but if you are washing something in clean water and able to keep it, then use that to water your garden as the plants are still going to love it.
Tip 9: Create Your Own Compost.
Compost is full of nutrients for the plants and it is going to help them to grow, but you do not have to go out and buy bags of it as there is also the option of creating your very own compost.
A compost pile
This is where you get old leaves, scraps of food, and use any old soil that you have and combine it together so that it breaks down and creates brand new compost. This does take some time but it is going to be completely organic and at the end of the day it is also crammed full of nutrients and things that will really help the plants to grow and it is very, very cheap.
Tip 10: Use the Sales.
Planning ahead with a garden is important and one area where you can plan ahead is by taking full advantage of those end of season sales that always happen with garden items. You can save a fortune and when it comes to plants it is a lot cheaper especially if you know how to get them through the winter and growing again the following year.
You can easily get plants for a fraction of the cost and they can still really survive for years if you know how to handle them correctly. Look out for reduced lines and items that the stores are trying to just get rid of and you will pick up an absolute bargain.
Tip 11: Consider Dividing the Perennials.
Perennials are going to grow year after year but if you are clever you can end up getting two plants out of one. This is called dividing the plant and it basically means you can remove a piece of the original plant and you are then going to have two plants to grow in your garden.
However, you need to make sure that the mother plant is strong and healthy enough for this as it is stressful for the plant and this can then endanger them if you choose the wrong one to go and divide.
Tip 12: Mix Up Your Plantings.
If you are clever when it comes to the planting then you can end up using less plants just to cover the same amount of space saving you money when it comes to the number of plants that you then need to have.
Organizing a vegetables garden to save space
Look at the space that each plant takes up and also how much light they need to survive and then plan things out in advance.
Also, consider when they are going to flower so you have things happening for as much of the year as possible as it then means that your garden is not going to be dead for a number of months.
Tip 13: Recycle Your Rubbish.
One of the best things about the garden is that ‘rubbish’ can suddenly develop a number of other uses if you are just willing to think out of the box about how things can then be used.
Old containers can end up becoming useful pots and people have made a habit of using reclamation materials for paving, creating raised beds, and even using old wheelbarrows for an elaborate planter. The only limitations is indeed in your mind so think about each item before you just discard it because it is surprising how else it can be used in your garden.
Tip 14: Consider Using Mulch.
Mulch is wonderful stuff as it helps the moisture in the soil, improves soil health and also adds in more nutrients that are then going to help the plants to grow even better than before.
You can use old bark, shells, or anything else that is organic and can eventually be broken down into the soil as it decays. It is also attractive to the eye but the main thing is the way in which it does make a difference to the soil.
Tip 15: Use Your Own Organic Fertilizer.
Organic fertilizer is obviously going to be better for the health of the soil and the plants and you have a number of things in the home that you can use so there is not even any need to purchase any items.
For this, you can easily add in coffee grains, old tea bags, or even throw in some food scraps so if you scrape those vegetables then throw that in as it will be broken down into the soil and the nutrients in it will then be absorbed by the soil and then the plants.
Tip 16: Do Not Always Buy New.
One of the cool things about the garden is that you do not have to always go out and buy new plants or new equipment. Instead, it makes just as much sense to look at buying used items as they are still going to work as well and they can also save you a fortune in the process.
This can apply to machines, tools, even decorative items such as paving and anything else that you care to imagine.
Tip 17: Look After Your Tools.
When it comes to your tools, it is really the case that you need to look after them as much as possible so that they can then last longer.
This means clean them, do not leave them outside in all weather, and if a part breaks then look at repairing it rather than just trying to carry on thinking that it will do just as good a job. If you care for them correctly then they are not going to let you down.
Tip 18: Try to Save Your Seeds.
If you have grown plants that you like, whether they be flowers or vegetables, you should look at trying to save the seeds so you can then use them to grow new plants in the following year.
This is going to save you the money of going out and buying new seeds every single time and the good news is that it is very easy to save them with limited knowledge and experience.
Tip 19: Exchange the Seeds.
The final tip to save money with your garden is to think about exchanging seeds with other people so you are then able to grow a variety of plants without spending any extra money.
All you need to do is to make a note of what you have, what you would like, and then match it up with somebody that has those seeds. You swap them, and then get growing.
As you can see, there are a number of different ways in which you can save some money when it comes to your garden and as you can see we are not talking about anything complex or too far-fetched. The main thing is to be creative in the way that you can save money and to be organized in your approach because at the end of the day you are going to be rewarded for all of your efforts.
This is a guest post written by Kylie from grohelps.