How to Save Money When Gardening

Posted by Fiel on March-2-2011 under Save Money

Gardening is a good way to keep yourself busy during idle time. Not only will you get happiness from seeing green things grow from the day you planted them, you can also harvest fruits and vegetables from your garden. However, aside from the fact that gardening is a very physical job, you also have to invest substantial amount of money if you are a serious gardener. But don’t be discouraged, you can start small and you don’t have to spend big to venture into gardening. Here are some ideas on how you can save money when gardening.

My thought is that if you really love and enjoy gardening, then its something to continue with. You have to be patient and learn a lot of things. This is one area where you can save money on gardening by doing research on basic gardening information. You can ask for pointers from friends who have experience in gardening or you can get information from the internet. You will have to learn seasons and seasonal plants, what is the best time to grow what, etc. The last thing you want to happen is your garden to fail because you didn’t have enough information about gardening to begin with. You can join or volunteer for Community Garden Groups, where you can get free advice from people doing gardening for years and learn from their experience.

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Start gardening in a small area first. As they say, great things start from small beginnings. You can start small. That way you don’t have to spend so much in tools, fertilizers, seeds and other materials. Start with a small digging tool and gloves and you’re good to go.

Tools is one important part of gardening. Borrowing tools from friends or relatives can save money when gardening. It is costly to buy your own tools, so look out for yard sales. Garage or yard sales are the best way to get great deals on gardening equipment. You can also look at websites like craigslist, if somebody is selling gardening tools. You can negotiate with people and get the tools at a good rate.

Buy seeds and other gardening needs from the store during store sale. Planting and gardening needs usually come cheap when they are bought during sales and promotional stores. This is also a good way to cheap gardening. Buying seeds is always better than buying plants. Seeds still cost less than the cost of the plant. Plus seeds make multiple plants, instead of just buying one plant.

Also the food we buy from the store can be turned into a beautiful plant. The best example I can think of is a potato or onion. All you have to do is cut a slice of it or if you want take one whole piece and grow a totally new plant by yourself.

Look for free plants. If you see a landscaping crew around your area, ask them what theywill do with plants they take out. If they say they will through them away, offer to take it off their hands. No harm in asking. You can put up ads on craigslist or FreeCycle asking for free plants. Often garden lovers would love to help you out by giving away excess plants in their garden. No harm in trying.

Another way to save money on gardening is to recycle and save water. By recycle I mean, use things available in your house for your garden. One example of that is, if you have broken shovel you can use its stick as a climber for a plant or use old shoe laces to tie plants together. Also when you water the plants make sure you water them slowly and properly. Water them at a time when the temperature in considerable cooler to prevent water evaporaion. This will help you save money on your water bill.

Always keep your gardening tools and equipments clean after using them. This also saves money because taking care of tools will give them a longer life. This means that you don’t have to buy tools and equipments often.

You can also check out money savings tips when organizing family reunion, on airplane tickets or when buying kitchenware.

Gardening is fun and an enjoyable task but if you aren’t careful it can become a costly hobby. The steps listed above can help you save money when gardening if you follow them carefully.




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