Cheap Gardening Tips - The Ultimate Guide

Gardening can be expensive when you take into account the cost of tools, plants and labour if you’re getting help but it can all be done on a budget. Here are our top tips for trimming down that gardening bill and helping you save money.

Do Your Research

Have you ever bought a plant just because you liked the look of it but admit to not reading the instructions on how to look after it? Buying a bedding plant and placing it in an incorrect area can mean it may wilt and you will have wasted your money. Do a bit of research on what plants can survive in what areas and temperatures. Check the plastic label that comes with the plant and find out how to correctly care for it. A quick google search will also bring up some top tips or you could visit the Royal Horticultural Society website which has plenty of free advice if on all sorts of plants, trees and shrubs.

Seeds

DaisiesSeed packets usually contain more seeds than you need so don’t feel the urge to overbuy. Go halves with friends or neighbours to save money. You can also adopt this policy when it comes to compost too if you only need a small amount. Buy seeds at the end of their season to save money. Local supermarkets also sell seeds at reasonable prices. Remember - a pinch will do! You do not need to sow your whole seed packet so save the rest for next year. Keep seeds indoors in a dry place and they’ll be fine for next time. Ebay is a great place to look for specific seeds because there is a wide variety on offer and you won't have to pay much for postage.

Harvest Yearly Crops

Certain plants can be harvested at the end of their season and the seeds can be kept back to grow again the following year. Growing plants from a seed is fairly straightforward and there is plenty of advice on the back of the seed packet if you get stuck. Chillies, tomatoes, courgettes and butternut squash are great examples where you can keep back seeds from your first crop and plant them again the following year meaning you never need to buy seeds again.

Visit Budget Stores

Consider visiting cheaper stores such as Aldi, Lidl and even Wilko for all of your gardening needs. These stores often sell fruit trees and handy garden equipment. Wilko have great bargains on raspberry canes from as little as £1 which is competitive compared to garden centres. You can also pick up compost, fertilisers and seeds at a great low price too.

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If someone you know has a plant you like the look of ask if they can give you a cutting. The success of planting these is reasonable but practice will help you to improve your growth rating. If it doesn’t work at least it hasn’t cost you anything, and if it does then bonus! Enjoy your new free plant.

Grow Herbs

If you’re only a beginner start off by growing mint as it works well in a pot and is very hardy. If you don’t have a lot of money or space then thyme is a great herb to grow as it spreads well on its own and only requires a small area, it can even grow in paving cracks!  Rosemary and sage are also easy to grow and produce pretty flowers if you want to add colour to your herb garden. Growing herbs will cut down on your shopping bill and you can get inventive in the kitchen. The Herb Society has some great information online on how to grow and use herbs in your cooking.

Fruit and Vegetables

If you want to cut your shopping bill down even more, then growing fruit and veg may be appealing to you. Start off with potatoes as they don’t require any special equipment and are reasonably hardy. Kale and Radishes are also easy to grow. Gooseberries and currants are great fruit to start off with and both grow well in large pots. These also produce fruit year on year. This sort of fruit is quite expensive so after the initial outlay you could save a lot of money! If you get really into it you could consider renting an allotment space for a small fee and growing an even more varied range of fruits and vegetables. Grow Your Own is a great online resource for advice on what fruit and veg to grow in what season. 

Garden Equipment

Garden ToolsEquipment for the garden doesn’t have to break the bank. Try and source second-hand tools and pots to save money. Cheaper shops including Lidl, Aldi, Wilkinson, and your local pound shop are all worth a look and items will cost considerably less than specialist garden stores. People will often give these bulky items away for free in order to make more space. Join your local Freecycle page and keep an eye out for garden tool bargains! Don’t forget to check out your local charity shops.

 

Garden Furniture

Garden furniture can be a major expense so be sure to shop around to get the best deals. Try not to impulse buy furniture at your local garden centre; be sure to check for similar pieces online that may cost a lot less. Buying off season will also save you money so it may be worth waiting until winter to pick up some marked down products.  If you’re DIY savvy then you could even build your own furniture from discarded palettes. Pinterest have plenty of palette furniture ideas and tutorials. Consider buying second hand too and check out your local free-ads for people wanting to give away items for free .You could even try your local car boot sale. Look after what you already have and it will last longer. Use teak oil on hardwood furniture and keep plastic furniture covered up when it’s not in use.

What is the Verdict?

MoneySavingPigAre you super savvy in the garden? What further tips do you have to add? Or do you think you will be putting some of the above into action?  We love feedback so please use the comment section below. 

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