Creating a Summer Garden on a Budget
gardening can quickly escalate into an expensive undertaking if you
do not enter into the prospect with certain and very specific
budget constraints in mind. If you plan according to your budget
and purchase according to your specific plans and needs you are
likely to find that your summer garden is more budget friendly than
the vast majority of other summer gardens on the block. I hope the
advice that follows will help you cut the expense of summer garden
and help you find budget friendly ways to build the summer garden
of your dreams.
Do not buy what you do not need. It doesn't matter how good the
deal if you do not need the seeds, tools, and various other items
there is no real reason to purchase them. It is a waste of money
that could be better spent elsewhere to spend money that doesn't
need to be spent.
Don't pay for shipping if it can be avoided. You may find a few
items cheaper online but be very aware of the costs involved in
shipping. If it costs more when all is said and done than it would
have cost to purchase the same items locally you haven't saved
anything at all. Look at the big picture rather than seeing only
the cheaper asking price. It is also a good idea to support small
local businesses whenever possible as they are going to be more
likely to bargain, barter, and throw in freebies.
Check locally for free composting materials. Many communities
offer these free to residents. When compared with the expense of
purchasing these materials the savings can be significant over the
course of a summer.
Work out an exchange among gardening friends. This is a great
way to incorporate new plants into your summer garden without
purchasing each plant you wish to include. This is a great way to
make new gardening friends, share a passion, and save money. It's a
win win situation for most gardeners who are constantly waging war
on the high costs that can be involved in gardening.
Select plants that are native to your area for your summer
garden. This is a huge money saver that is often overlooked. The
costs of non-native plants can be excessive in the best of
circumstances and the added care incurs further costs. Keep costs
down by selecting plants that will easily thrive in your climate
and those that are locally cultivated. This isn't an all or nothing
proposition of course. If you absolutely love a couple of
non-native plants, by all means incorporate them into your garden.
However, if you are planning a garden from scratch choose as many
native plants as possible for filler.
Check your local classified ads and free-cycle program for used
garden tools that are in good condition. There are many reasons
that people sell or give away garden tools and a bargain is a
bargain on these tools that are going to be used to play in the
dirt. You do not need to be incredibly picky about the tools you
purchase and saving money is almost always a good thing. It's even
better, of course, when you get them for no cost at all. You also
might find a few free plants available through these sources
Mulching saves time and money. Really! It saves water to mulch
because the mulch holds the moisture in. This lowers the cost of
watering and eliminates many of the pesky weeds that crop up-which
saves time. We all know that time is money and most of us despise
weeding unless we have some truly aggressive emotions to work
through that is.
By using all
of the steps above you should find that you have saved a good deal
of money in the planning and growing of your summer garden. Combine
them with tips of your own that you discover along the way and next
summer your garden should cost even less.