So you’ve decided to start your own garden! These tips will show you exactly how to save money on gardening so it’s worth your time, and investment.
I’ve never been one to flourish in the heat of summer but with that being said, I’m SO done with the freezing weather here in my state! The cold was a nice reprieve from the heat for a minute, the snow was fun to play in the first few times and the holidays were quite festive however as much as I’m not built for summer, I’m even less suited to a long winter. Lately, with the warmer weather just beyond the horizon, I’ve found myself daydreaming of shorts, flip flops, warm sunshine and the blooming of everything pretty my town has to offer.
One of the things I miss most about the warm months, is my garden. I mostly garden as a hobby, growing flowers and other pretty plants but I’ve also dabbled in a few random vegetables in the past. It isn’t huge by any means but my little patch of earth has been bare and sad for months now. I’m counting down the days until it’s warm enough for planting and have been slowly but surely gathering supplies, getting things ready, etc. If you’re gardening as a hobby as I do, it’s so easy to keep up with everything and just grow as the mood strikes you but I know a lot of folks back home who garden pretty seriously and boy, can it get expensive to maintain and live off of.
If you’re a gardener, whether as a hobby or to save some money on fresh vegetables, I’ve got some great tips that I think will help you save some money in the long run. After all, no matter what you’re doing it for, isn’t saving money in every aspect something we all strive for?
- One of the most expensive parts about gardening, in my opinion, are the insect repellents. Everyone knows there’s nothing more disappointing than putting in a lot of hard work into your garden, only to find out that the bugs have destroyed your hard earned victory. Speaking from experience, the stuff you buy at the store is not cheap by any means. So, to save money you can make your own. You can utilize an item you might already have at home, a dryer sheet, and place it adjacent to but not touching, your outdoor light fixtures. This will keep the bugs and mosquito’s away from your garden.
- Bambi be gone! If you’ve ever had a garden then you know that aside from worrying about bugs getting to your crops, you also have to worry about deer. I know they have to eat too but man, it’s super frustrating to find out the little buggers have eaten away at your plants/veggies! This is where a “rotten egg cocktail” comes in real handy. Simply mix 6 raw eggs with 2 gallons of water and let it sit outside for a week in proximity to your garden. The smell is a guaranteed way to keep bambi and all of his friends away and ensure that you don’t have to waste money on buying more seeds to replace the crop you’ve lost.
- Clearing the land so you can put your garden in, either for the first time or after a period of no-use? Stay away from hiring someone to do the job for you and save your hard earned money. It might be a hassle but you can use a manual lawn mower to cut your grass yourself, saving you a large sum and even gaining some exercise in the process!
- Ever done a DIY landscaping job around your home in an effort to spruce up the place? Then you might know all about the price of mulch and how its gone up over the years. You can save a ton of money buy checking with your local road crews to see if they have any wood chippings they can give you. More often than not, they’ll be more than happy to drop the chippings at your place, rather than haul them away to another location at the end of the day. You’d almost be doing THEM a favor, just by getting rid of it and cutting out an extra step in their day!
- Sick of fighting off weeds and blowing money on weed killer, just to see them keep returning time after time? You can cut costs by going over to that stack of old newspaper (you know the one!) and laying down a layer over your soil before applying your mulch over top. Not only does the newspaper smother the weeds but it also helps retain moisture, which also helps save on your water bill by not having to water your plants as often. Win, win!
- Do not start an indoor garden. Say what?? You’d be surprised at how costly it can be, according to Huffington Post. Instead, do it because you love doing it – if you love it enough, it might outweigh the costs – but if you are just starting out, take baby steps, look up hacks on Pinterest, and set aside a budget.