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 It’s hard to avoid spending money on your garden when there is just SO much stuff out there! But it’s good to have knowledge on what you plan on gardening and how you want your garden to look, in order to save as much money as possible! There are so many ways to save money while continuing to have a happy, healthy garden.

The next 15 tips will help you maintain the highest quality of gardening materials without spending everything you’ve ever made. Growing your own plants and food can be extremely rewarding and economical.

15. Planter Boxes

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If money is tight and you still want to keep your garden as healthy as possible without cutting corners, then planter boxes may be right for you. Keeping your soil healthy starts by buying the best organic product you can find and keeping it full of vitamins and minerals. The better your soil, the better your harvest will be, and the healthier you’ll become. So don’t skip on the soil, just pair down your garden’s size and/or use planter boxes.

14. Water The Soil

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Okay, this might sound like an obvious tip but you’d be surprised how much water gets wasted when you water the foliage versus the soil itself. Water waste will increase as your foliage gets bigger and taller– and since you are following these tips for a healthy garden, chances are that your harvest is getting pretty big. Be sure to use a hose and get directly onto the soil to save every ounce of water you can (and save yourself some money in the process).

13. Grow Native Plants

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Another great way to save money on watering plants is to grow things that are native to your growing zone. By planting plants that are adapted to the weather and growing conditions of your local climate, you can save money on supplemental watering. I know it’s tempting to grow interesting, exotic plants but try sticking to what you know will flourish in your area if you want to save money.

12. DIY Slow- Drip Irrigation System

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Irrigation systems for home gardens can get really expensive, which is why a DIY version is going to save you hundreds on the system itself and the water it provides your plants. If you’re in a zone that doesn’t get enough rain, try making a slow drip irrigation system out of large soda bottles. This way no water gets wasted because all the plant’s needs get directly into the soil at the perfect time. Take any size water bottle, cut a few small holes, and place it in or on top of the soil.

11. Compost All Year

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It’s easier to compost in the warmer months of spring and summer but it’s important for your soil to stay healthy all year. Instead of buying vitamins and things to keep your soil healthy, use your own fruit and vegetables to make your own compost. It’s cheaper and pretty convenient so there’s no excuse for not doing it! If you can’t use your compost fast enough, freeze it to stop the stink, and if you live in a cold area just stick it outside. Make sure to use newspaper, old leaves, and/or straw for the base and add the greens.

10. Gather Fallen Leaves

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Gathering fallen leaves around your neighborhood is a great way to get free and healthy insulation for your plants that need it in the cold winter months. Some plants can die off in the winter if they’re not cared for properly and most of the time, all they need is a little help from some leaves. Make sure the leaves are disease free as you don’t want anything like that transferring.

9. Grow More Perennials

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Perennial plants are simply plants that live for more than two years, meaning they’ll save you money! Buying too many annual plants can run up a huge bill and they’ll end up costing more work because you have to replant them every year. Plus, trees, vine plants, shrubs, and much more are perennials so you won’t have to miss out on all the cute plants.

8. Start Plants From Seeds

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When you go to a plant store or nursery it’s so tempting to buy every beautiful blooming plant you see but it’ll definitely cost you. Starting plants from seeds can save you a lot of money, and it’s actually pretty fun! There’s something so rewarding about growing something from the very start.

7. Use and Give To Seed Banks

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If you’ve heard of a food bank then you pretty much know what a seed bank is! It’s the same concept; it’s for people who need a little extra help and seed banks provide just the things you need to start a garden, SEEDS! When you have an opportunity, try giving back to keep your local seed bank going. Growing your own food can be so rewarding and economical and heading to your local seed bank could help get you started. You can also check your local thrift and second-hand stores for low-priced seeds.

6. Grow Cut-and-Grow Greens

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By cut-and-grow greens, I mean the kind of salad leaves or green onions that you can literally cut (and use) to let grow back. Most lettuce types can be snipped at the leaves and they will grow back perfectly, ready to be used again. You can also grow them indoors or outdoors for the easiest gardening possible.

5. DIY Greenhouse

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Greenhouses can improve your harvest and garden dramatically because they allow you to grow things that need warmer climates and they’re great for pest control. Only thing is, they can get expensive– which is why you can save some serious cash by making it yourself (not to mention a DIY design will be the perfect look and size for your taste).

4. Repurpose Junk Into Garden Art

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If you feel like your garden isn’t blooming fast enough and you have open patches, garden art can help fill in those patches while you wait. You can also spice up an old garden or decorate for each season without paying a fortune by repurposing “junk” into art. Use an old rusty bucket or wheelbarrow to add an eclectic look.

3. Repurpose An Old Hose

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If you’ve got an old hose laying around and you don’t want to just throw it away because you’re a nifty gardener, then turn it into a watering system. Poke holes about 1 foot apart throughout the entire hose. Lay it along your garden wherever you need some extra help watering. Keep the hose hooked up for easy watering.

2. Charming Containers

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Instead of going to your local gardening store to get new containers for gardening, use charming, cute things like old watering buckets, bathtubs, chairs, etc. It’s a way to make your garden unique without having to spend much money. Use what you’ve got at home and then thrift if you can’t find what you need.

1. Know What You’re Using

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A very important thing that may sound boring but slightly obvious is reading the labels and doing research on what you plan on planting. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to care for your plants and save a lot of money. Set your garden up properly and watch it thrive!

We hope these tips can help you garden on a budget and make your garden beautiful. Make sure to stay updated on more helpful tips by signing up for our free email newsletter. Get free articles in your inbox first! Sign up below!

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