Gardening on a Tight Budget

Gardening can be as cheap or as expensive as you choose to make it. After an initial outlay for some good quality tools that will serve for years to come, there are loads of ways to make your pounds and pennies stretch a bit further. We’ve put together four great ways to help you save money and still have a beautiful garden.

 

Second hand

We all know it’s best to buy as an investment – spending at the top of your budget on good quality items that will last forever is far better than repeatedly buying low quality items that will need to be replaced frequently. If you’re gardening on a budget though, this is easier said than done. One way to get around the problem is to buy second hand gardening equipment. Check out our previous post on the top ten tools then scour sites like Freecycle, eBay and Gumtree to find quality pre-loved tools at low prices.

 

Propagate

Knowing how to start plants from seed or take cuttings really is the best way to garden on a tight budget. Propagation at home can feel liberating, and a little bit like cheating. Start with a favourite and take a cutting in the summer when plants and shrubs are producing plenty of new growth. Lavender and hydrangea work particularly well and are common enough that you should easily be able to get your hands on a few cuttings from willing donors. We’re going to be covering propagation from cuttings in detail in a future post heading your way in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled.

 

Seed swap events

Seed swap events are a great way to meet like-minded folk and run up and down the country and even online. At a seed swap, you can exchange seeds often for free, or a nominal fee. They are a great way to meet fellow gardeners and to get hold of all sorts of seeds you would not normally think of – very often heritage or traditional British varieties. Most seed swaps take place in February to take advantage of the seed season and details can usually be found in and around allotments, community halls and community noticeboards.

 

Compost

Making your own compost is a fab way to both save money and recycle kitchen and garden scraps. We will be looking into making your own compost in a future post so keep your eyes peeled. For now, a few tantalising facts to get your interest piqued: about two thirds of the average bin can be composted so it cuts down on household waste, and composting saves heaps of cash. Using your own home made compost means you won’t have to buy expensive store bought compost, and you will be improving your soil in a way that’s good for the environment, good for your garden, and good for your pocket.

 

Being a savvy shopper and making the most of the fantastic gardening community around you are the best ways to save money if you’re gardening on a tight budget.