The Centsible Gardener Series: Seven Tips Every Gardener Should Know
One of the best things about gardening is that it does not have to cost a lot of money. In fact, gardening is one of the thriftiest hobbies around! In addition, it is a great way to stretch your food budget and feed your family for less. If you are a gardener, or if you want to be a gardener, you will want to take a peek below at seven tips every gardener should know. These tips will help even the thriftiest of gardeners save money while getting their thumb a little greener.
As you will see, these steps are easy to follow and do not require a great deal of time or even skill. Give a few a try and see what a difference it makes to your budget and your gardening routine!
Seven Tips Every Centsible Gardener Should Know:
1. Properly store your seeds.
You should store your dried seeds in the refrigerator to prolong their life. Simply put them inside a plastic air-tight storage container and watch them last for years. That way when you find a good deal on them, you can stock up and not worry about buying more year to year.
2. Start a friendship garden.
When you swap with friends, you trade plants and seeds you have a surplus of in exchange for new varieties your friends or family have a surplus of. This is a great way to get new varieties for free!
3. Propagate your own plants.
This sounds scary, but no worries it is actually quite simple. Propagate is just a fancy way of saying “grow your own plants.” You can start plants from seeds or even cuttings. This way you can have dozens of plants for the price of what you would have paid for one at a nursery.
4. Behold the power of newspaper
To save money on weed control lay down 6 layers of black and white print newspaper on the ground. Take this action before you apply your mulch. Not only will you use less mulch this way, but it will block weeds better than mulch alone.
5. Make your own compost.
Compost is a power food for plants. All you need to do is put a large container in your backyard and fill it with leaves, grass clipping, and food scraps. You can also add egg shells if you wish or even worms. In time a rich mixture will form. Stir it well and apply to the soil and watch your garden grow. Some other items you can toss into your compost bin include banana peels, nut shells, pinecones, and even dryer lint!
6. Stick to native plants.
Stick to planting flowers and vegetables that are native to your region. They will naturally thrive. Be mindful of the “zones” each plant is typically labeled with so you know that it will do well in your area. Just because a plant variety is sold down the street from you, it doesn’t mean it will thrive. Read the tags well and find plants made for your region.
7. Do your shopping at the end of the season.
If you need new tools or gardening supplies that are a bit more expensive, always opt for end of season sales. Typically, these sales will start as early as mid July when you can still get plenty of use out of these items. Ask your local home and garden center when this mark down time is for them and take advantage of it!
As you can see, you are only seven steps away from becoming an even more “centsible” gardener. You don’t have to have a lot of time, huge budget, or the greenest thumb around to follow these simple tips and tricks.
Learning to garden is a process, so try these tips out a couple at a time and see how they work for you! You are sure to see not only healthier plants, but a healthier budget as well!