Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in home and garden | 0 comments

5 Tips for Gardening on a Tight Budget

gardeningGardening is a popular hobby around the world. Combining aesthetics with the ability to spend time outdoors, gardening can be a great way to get in touch with nature while exercising creativity. In some cases, however, gardening can become expensive; certain plants, for example, may be too expensive for some to afford. Fortunately, gardening is a hobby that people can enjoy regardless of their budget. Here are a few tips on saving money when gardening.

Buy seeds

Many people prefer instant results. As a result, many who start a gardening hobby will choose to purchase mature plants so that their garden looks great instantly. However, mature plants are more expensive than seeds, and it is easy to go through your entire budget without being able to fill your entire garden. By purchasing seeds and learning how to raise plants, you can save a tremendous amount of money.  

Rearrange your garden

Often, we think that we need to buy new plants if want to make our gardens look different. However, simply rearranging your current plants can make your garden look dramatically different. If you become bored of your current garden layout, think of alternative ways to arrange your plants. In doing so, you can transform your garden at no cost.

Better maintenance

Plants eventually need to be replaced, but it is often possible to help your plants live longer with more consistent maintenance. While many plants will die naturally, frequent weeding and taking steps to remove pests can help your garden last longer before needing to be overhauled.

Used tools

To maintain your garden, you will need to have an appropriate set of tools. Many gardeners, however, make the mistake of purchasing expensive, brand-name tools instead of purchasing used. Gardening tools can last indefinitely, and it is easy to inspect tools for signs of damage. Additionally, you can add more tools to your toolkit when purchasing more affordable tools.

Hardy plants

As beautiful as orchids are, they are some of the most temperamental plants out there. Fortunately, there are a number of plants that offer significant beauty without the high demands of orchids. By going with hardy plants, you can avoid expensive maintenance steps and have plants that will last for a longer period of time. By doing some research before choosing your plants, you can set yourself up for successfully gardening without spending too much.

It is little surprise that gardening is one of the oldest hobbies, and different gardening techniques are practiced around the world. While the hobby is not inherently expensive, it is easy to spend more than is necessary. By taking steps to avoid spending too much and learning how to stretch your money, you can enjoy your gardening hobby without placing unnecessary financial burdens on yourself.

Darren is a Landscape Gardener from Melbourne, Australia. He says that gardening at home doesn’t have to be expensive if you follow his great tips. For cheap gardening supplies, Darren recommends checking out the latest Sams Warehouse catalogue online at Lasoo.

 

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