With summer fast approaching and rain not getting the memo everyone loves to work in the garden. Of course if you don’t like gardening you probably won’t be reading this post! Gardening can however become expensive over time which is why I’m always looking at ways to cut costs and save money in the process.
Over my novice years and watching my mum and grandad spend time in the garden I have picked up a few hints and tips along the way! Some might seem obvious to some people, others might never have heard of them before! So let us get on with it.
Use what you have! Lettuce, carrots, onions and everything else! Make your own compost, it might take a while but it’s worth it. As long as you stick to outside you shouldn’t have a problem. Don’t keep the compost inside because it will attract flies. As long as it is biodegradable you shouldn’t have a problem. If you don’t want to go out and buy a compost bin get an old wellie bin, cut a hole in the bottom and now you have one!
Get Eco friendly! Don’t worry about spending a lot of money on pots. Use egg trays, cut milk bottles in half and stuff toilet rolls. Wait until they are big enough to transfer them into something long term. Save money in the long run and by using items such as used toilet rolls you can plant more in the process! Toilet rolls can be planted right into the ground or pot as they decompose unlike milk bottles, both work just as well.
Cuttings! I love growing plants and in my current flat window plants are as good as it gets. I started with one plant and now have an army! The original has over the last year produced 14 others, they have made their way to family members all over the country! Don’t waste money buying new plants you already have, take cuttings and create life! It will save you money in the long run and make you feel proud!
Water what you love! I have seen people with watering can collections that go on for days. It is expensive and time consuming. Use old bottles around the kitchen and make your own. Poke some holes in plastic juice or milk bottles. If you have a creative streak or children in the house ask them to decorate some and display them with pride while saving yourself a pretty penny.
What one was that? So my mum used to have an allotment and I never had a clue what anything was, which is where I learned that anything can be a label. Use old pieces of cloth and write the name of the plant, make a hole and attach to the base of the plant. Use lolly sticks and write the names on them, if you have children they won’t mind eating the lollies that’s for sure! Just don’t write on the plant.
Protect and serve! Cut a milk bottle in half and place the nozzle face down so your plant grows through it. This makes it harder for slugs and snails to get at your plants. Also leaving a saucer of beer near you plants is an odd but sometimes effective way to keep them at bay! It hasn’t always worked for me but when it has I can’t help but smile. Don’t worry you won’t see any drunk bugs partying the night away!
So there you have it! Six different ways that can benefit your gardening experience and save you money in the process. Let me know if you have used any of these 6 ways before and if they have worked for you? Is there anything else you do to help with your everyday gardening or anything people should avoid?
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