9 Money-Saving Gardening Tips
5. Purchase More Perennial Plants
One way to save money over the years is to purchase more perennial plants. Annuals might be the bulk of your vegetable crops, but you should pick perennial landscaping plants. They cost more in the beginning, but they are more cost-effective over the years. As long as you maintain them, these plants can last for years, saving your dollars. Check out this article to see my list of the 10 Perennial Foods: Plant Once and Enjoy Forever!
6. Start Seedlings at Home
This tip goes along with using seeds. Seedlings are expensive in the store, ranging from $3 to $5. That sounds inexpensive, but it can add up if you want to have a large garden with 100 plants! Starting your seeds at home inside is the most cost-effective way to start gardening.
I always start more seedlings than I need. Doing so allows me to sell the seedlings I don’t need to friends and family. It helps to recoup some of the costs! Learn how to start your seeds indoors here – Organic Gardening – Guide To Starting Seeds Indoors
7. Learn about Homemade Fertilizers
Fertilizing your garden is critical! All parents need certain nutrients to grow and thrive. Fertilizers ensure your plants are getting everything that they need. However, buying fertilizers in the store can be pricey! A small bag of fertilizer can cost anywhere from $5 and up.
There are so many fertilizers that you already have in your home that you don’t realize can be used as fertilizer! Egg shells are a source of calcium. Epsom salt offers magnesium and sulfur to your plants. Grass clippings release nitrogen into the soil. Banana peels are a source of potassium.
Those are just a few of the fertilizers you have right in your home. You’ll be surprised at what you can use as fertilizer! Read more if you are looking for 10 Garden Fertilizers You Already Have at Home
8. Use Salvaged Materials
If possible, you should try to use salvaged materials often. Gardening requires some infrastructure. If you want to use raised beds, you are going to need lumber. If you are practicing vertical gardening, you need materials that your plants can use to grow upwards.
Always take a look around your property first. You might be surprised what you can find! All it takes is a bit of creativity to reinvent materials you already have.
9. Water Efficiently
The last tip is to learn how to water efficiently. Watering all summer long can be one of the most costly things. It is best to learn some tricks to watering efficiently.
- Use plants that are native to your area. Plants that are exotic, for example, will require more water.
- Plant together based on watering needs. Put plants that require more water close together.
- Always water in the morning! It gives the soil enough time to soak up the bulk of the water before the temperatures reach their peak. Watering in the middle of the day will cause too much evaporation.
- Use a rain barrel and use the recycled water on your garden!
- If you have the extra money, try a drip irrigation system. While it is more expensive to install upfront, it will save you money over time.
Page 2 of 2