Gardening on a Budget: Seven Tips for Success

| 6/3/2010 8:36:41 AM

Tags: gardening advice, gardening tips, composting, garden planning, seeds,

Gardening can be a lot of work, but it shouldn’t cost a lot of money. If inexpensive gardening is your goal, let these tips be your guide to gardening on a budget this year.

1. Make friends who garden 

Your gardening friends can be your money saving grace. If you or any of your friends don’t have the space for a full-on backyard garden, share a garden in one of your spaces and take turns with tending duties. If you all have separate gardens, arrange a plant exchange or seed swap party and invite all of your green-thumbed pals. Have everybody bring samples from their gardens and trade. You garden will have greater variety, but you’ll save on costs. Finally, arrange with your friends to buy seeds in bulk. The seeds will be cheaper, and you can split them among yourselves when they arrive.

Money seedling2. Plan, plan, plan 

Cheap gardening is all about being prepared. Before you shop, make a list of must-have plants for the season. Be sure to include only those plants you’ll definitely care about a few months from now. If you really wish your spouse would eat more vegetables, but he or she hates green peppers, don’t splurge on ten pepper plants. Instead, spend that money on a sure thing: fruits or vegetables your whole family will definitely use. Then, carefully map out your garden ahead of time so you don’t have any guess work while shopping.

3. Compost 

Kelly Santaguida_1
7/20/2010 7:08:38 PM

I started a container garden this year on our deck. To keep myself organized, I started a gardening journal at the beginning of the season. That way, next year, I will remember what worked and what didn't, etc. But, I also discovered that lots of local nurseries have sales in May that give you garden "bucks" that are redeemable later in the season. I also made notes of which nurseries have buy one get one free sales later in the season! Being on a budget, we like to improve a bit each year. Now, I know where to go next year and the best times to get the most bang for my buck!

7/8/2010 8:48:04 AM

great resources!

7/6/2010 2:49:08 PM

For me it depends on what I intend to do with the tool. Something I might use 12 times in 5 years does not need to be the best quality, but 70 or more times a year is another story. One garden tool i purchased (like a mini pitch fork) had a real cheap handle, and it was OK when it broke as I intended to replace it with pipe, and it came out rather well.

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