Here is part two to our Thrifty Gardener series. Did you see the first of the series? Well if you missed you can check out the Thrifty Gardener Part 1: Gardening For FREE, Where to Find FREE Gardening Clubs here.
The Thrifty Gardener Series Part 2: Seven Things Every Thrifty Gardener Needs
If you have paid a visit to your local gardening center lately, you may have noticed that the cost of operating your home garden can really add up. Between seeds, starter plants, fertilizers, tools, and more, you can soon find yourself needing a small loan to pay for all! Well gardening is supposed to be fun and stress free, so make yourself familiar with these Seven Things Every Thrifty Gardener Needs! These garden staples will not only save you precious time, but lots of cash as well! No need to stress of break your budget over your lawn and garden this year. Instead, take a peek at the tips below!
Seven Things Every Thrifty Gardener Needs:
Compost is fabulous because it enriches plants and can keep weeds at bay. Did you know that many cities will pick up yard waste and turn it into free compost for you? Ask the office of your town if your community participates in a program like this. If not, make your own compost. All you need is a barrel, leaves, food scraps, and a good shovel to stir with.
2. A Hand Shovel
There is no need to buy a tool for each and every job. A good old hand shovel can do the jobs of many tools. It can be used to pot flowers, bury bulbs, remove weeds, and so much more. Invest in a strong one and it will replace many other tools.
Hostas are wonderful for so many reasons. First, they are cheap. You can buy one for around $3.00. Next, hostas are hardy and low-maintenance. You won’t have to make another trip to the nursery for replacements or give them a great deal of care. They practically care for themselves and grow bigger each year! They are a frugal and easy way to fill in space and make your garden and lawn greener.
4. Native Plants
Stick to plants that are native to your area and you will find they require less time, energy, and money. After one growing season they will be established and multiply doing most of the work for you! Skip fancy varieties and develop your garden with native plants. It will truly save you money!
5. Cell Pack Plants
Forget buying potted varieties. Buying one large geranium plant for $6.00 can give your garden a head start, but a four-pack of smaller ones costs half the price. So save your money and just be patient. It is well worth it!
6. A Spigot Timer
A sprinkler left running wastes a lot of water. Spend a few dollars on a mechanical water timer and save on tomorrow’s water bills. You can find these at most gardening centers and home improvement stores for very little, and in the long run they will pay for themselves!
7. Liquid Dish Soap
Just a little diluted dish soap in a water bottle can keep pests at bay! It is more natural and costs less to use this method than to buy insecticides. Just water a few tablespoons down with water and shake up in a marked spray bottle. Spray on plants as needed.
As you can see, these seven items are easy to come by and inexpensive. You don’t need to spend a lot of money this growing season. Just be a thrifty gardener and make wise choices in the plant varieties you buy and the garden accessories you use. These seven tips are just a few ways you can acquire that green thumb while keeping a little green in your pocket, and you won’t have to sacrifice the look of your lawn and garden to do it!