Gardening Basics

How to Save Money on Gardening III

Here are some additional tips you can to do save even more money in your garden. Each of them is fairly simple so everybody can do it. It’s important to understand that doing just one of these things will save you a bit of money.

However, when used together, these tips can save you a lot of money in the long run. It’s important not to underestimate the power of smaller tricks because savings do add up.

Here is a list of additional tips and tricks you can use to save more money in your garden:

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  • Collect things. Stuff like bricks, stone, lumber, screen wire, wire mesh fencing, plastic sheeting, rebar, fence posts, compostable materials, various containers, garden hoses, plumbing pipe, string – these are just some of the things that may prove to be very useful in the garden. Collect them and place them in your shed or a basement. You never know when you might need them in your garden.
  • Know what to do during holidays. If you know you will be away from your garden for a week or more, plan ahead. It’s a bad thing to come back from a vacation only to realize that your plants are past their prime and that your harvest is lost.
  • Recycle through composting. You can actively recycle a lot of organic waste by composting. It will give you fresh compost full of nutrients and help your future plants without spending any money.
  • Think about edible landscaping. It is fun, effective and it saves you money. You can grow food on almost any plant in your yard.
  • Use recycled containers. Instead of buying expensive containers, use recycled ones or the old containers from your house. This is particularly important for small containers made to start seeds. You don’t really have to spend much money on those.
  • Make your own potting soil. Save on potting soil by making your own.
  • Save the seeds from heirlooms. If you have good heirloom plants, or any healthy, strong plants, think about saving their seeds on time. This way, you won’t have to buy new seeds for the next year. In fact, it’s a good practice to always save leftover seeds from year to year. Especially if you’ve bought some expensive ones. Don’t waste any of it. They can last for long if kept in a dry, cool, dark place.
  • Propagate to get the most of the harvest. Take a great care of your plants and they will give you the most. Make sure to never have overcrowded plants, because they will not be fully productive. It often happens to strawberries. If overcrowding happens, it’s best to divide your plants (for strawberries, it’s best done in mid fall). Propagating your plants from cuttings and divisions will help you get more plants without spending any money on them.
  • Collect rain water. Rain water can be used in many different things in your garden. It’s free water you sure want to use. It will save you a lot of money in the long run.
  • Watch for sales and flea markets. Find great classifieds and know about local flea market sales. These places will allow you to buy seeds, plants, gardening equipment and materials at a low price. Make sure to get as many things as you can through great deals and sales. It will save you a lot of money and make gardening more affordable.

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