Can you imagine sitting down to a meal of your own fresh produce that you grew in your backyard? Well, now is a great time to start your very own backyard garden. Setting up a garden doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some ways to save money on your garden, and before you know it, you’ ll be growing your own produce.
Ways to Save Money on your Garden
Get books from the library or find gardening solutions online. Information is important. Particularly when you are new to gardening or have a problem. Instead of buying books on gardening borrow them from the library or use google to find information. A great free way to get gardening information is to join gardening groups locally or on Facebook.
Upcycle household items for your garden. From making scoops out of laundry soap jugs to using cardboard as an under layer for your mulch to keep weeds away there are endless ways to reuse items around your home in your garden. Not only are you saving money you are helping the environment.
Reuse grey water or catch rainwater to water your garden. Water bills can add up fast when you have a garden to care for. Using a rain barrel is the easiest way to save money watering your garden. Other options including using greywater like dumping cooking water into the garden after it cools or using a bucket to catch the cold water while you wait for it to transition to hot instead of having it go down the drain. Many families collect grey water for their garden including the rinse water from doing dishes or laundry.
Use plenty of mulch in your garden to help trap water and reduced the cost of watering your garden. Mulch is cost-effective and can help with weeds and protecting your garden from pests as well. Get free mulch to help lower your cost. Using cardboard boxes you get from online shopping is a great way to block weeds. Dried grass clippings from your yard make an amazing layer of mulch. You can always top these with more attractive decorative mulch options.
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Seeds and Cuttings
Trade seeds and cuttings with other gardeners to lower the cost of adding new plants to your garden. This is a great way to build your local garden community as well. Check your local library as many host seed training events, if they don’t they may be interested in adding one. Save seeds at the end of the season to use next year. This can only be done with heirloom seeds making them an even better investment than modern conventional seeds.
Regrow food from your kitchen in your garden. Foods like celery are best grown from cuttings rather than seed. This makes growing the leftover bottoms a great way to save money and grow more food for your family.
Make your own compost to fertilize your garden for less. Composting allows you to turn your family’s food scraps, grass clippings, and paper products into quality food to help your garden thrive without paying for expensive fertilizers.