While most people consider gardening a hobby, they fail to start due to the accompanying costs. Some also begin and drop when the costs rise drastically.
Here are some of the top tips to save money when you are gardening
- Make your own compost
Most gardeners opt to buy compost from stores due to the more time it takes to make. If you are after saving money, then time should not be a hindrance.
Make your own compost from garden wastes, twigs, grass chipping, and kitchen scraps. You can include manure and bedding on the compost if you own livestock or chicken for the best results. Give the compose enough preparation time.
- Avoid Impulse buying
Impulse is your enemy whether shopping for the garden or any other thing. Plan before you go for the garden shopping.
Understand the exact materials that you need, mainly for the pots and borders. Work out the number of pots and plants you need for your area.
Planning saves you money and also ensures you get the exact garden you had envisioned.
- Source for free or affordable garden tools
Buying second-hand garden tools is another way to save on your gardening. You can easily find various tools on recycling and swapping sites like Freegle. Consider social media groups and online markets like eBay. Local markets and second-hand shops are other places to source cheaper tools.
The only concern with such cheap tools is that they are never in the best of conditions. You, however, only need simple reconstructing to get them working right.
- Consult a professional
To most gardeners, hiring a professional seems like too much money. The truth, though, is that working with a professional garden helps save time and money.
A professional gardener and tree removal expert has the techniques to apply to achieve your gardening needs. You don’t have to try out other time-consuming ideas. With the time you save work with the professional, you can then invest in other meaningful ventures.
The professional also has the right tools and personnel. You don’t have to worry about hiring the tools and trainers from somewhere else.
- Grow your plants from seeds
Growing plants from seeds is cheaper than purchasing transplants. For the cost of a single transplant from the nursery, you can buy a packet with 100 seeds.
Seeds only require initial investments in lights, planting mix, and trays. Otherwise, you will sooner gain everything back when you start using the germinated seeds.
Growing the seeds allows you enough plants such that you can sell some to friends and neighbors. You also get to reuse some of the planting trays.
- Buy smaller plants
If you are not patient or don’t have the resources to grow your plants, consider buying smaller plants. The smaller plants cost cheaper compared to the full-grown ones.
High costs should no longer be the reason you fail to start gardening. Use these tips to help you save money while on your hobby.