5 Money saving tips for gardeners | Gardening on a budget

Gardening and growing your own food can become expensive, however there are ways to reduce costs and save yourself from spending lots of money on gardening supplies. Here are 5 tips on how you can save money as a gardener. 

1. Get a water but, then get another one. 
Collecting water is one way of reducing costs, this may seem strange initially as you have to buy the water but but in the long run using water you have collected yourself as opposed to water from the tap that you pay for will save you a lot of money over the years. 

Check out this slimline water but if you have limited space 

Check out this large water but if you have plenty of space 

2. Stop buying plant pots, save as many containers as you can. 
Buying plant pots can become costly, to avoid this cost you could consider saving plastic pots and containers which food comes in to reuse as plant pots and seed starting trays. I'd recommend having a few good quality plastic trays (without holes) and then using your saved yogurt pots, plastic trays and plastic drinks bottles to grow seeds in. Remember to put holes in the bottom so that when you water it can escape (into the quality trays without holes that i previously mentioned) 
If you already have a collection of plant pots, take good care of them and reuse them as many times as you can. I have been given lots over the years so i have a lot let but my plan is to use recycled materials if ever i need more rather than purchasing any. 
I also grow larger plants in the garden in all sorts of different containers, as long as they have good drainage many things will work as plant containers. I'll share some of my random plant containers in another post soon. 

3. Make your own compost 
If you have the space to make your own compost i would highly recommend you do, it is a great way to reduce the costs of gardening as compost is needed for sowing seeds and planting on your plants. 

4. Take cuttings from your plants 
Taking cuttings of your plants means that you can grow on many more plants of the same type which you can then fill your garden with or sell to friends and family. 

If you need rooting powder I'd recommend this one

5. Save seeds from your plants 
Saving seeds from your plants, especially annuals, will mean you don't have to purchase the seeds for the following year. This is a great way to save money. If you want to learn more about saving seeds from flowers and edibles be sure to check back next week where I'll be sharing how you can save seeds from different plants. 

Interested in more budget gardening tips?
Be sure to check back soon where I'll be sharing many more ideas. 


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