Springtime in the garden
I have been a bit rubbish at writing daily blog posts over the past few weeks. I have been busy with work, boot sales, eBay and, most of all, the garden! Garden money saving has been most on my mind. How can we make it look fabulous without spending a fortune in the garden centre?
It is a busy time of year in the garden. I have been weeding, chopping stuff back, sowing seeds and moving things about.
We have a large garden at the back and a biggish one at the front as well. I love that we have so much green around us, but it’s hard work!
My ideas for garden money saving
I don’t have lots of cash to splurge so I save money everywhere that I can. I am not an expert and I am sure there is plenty I need to learn, but this is what I have learned about garden money saving:
Boot sales and supermarkets are excellent places to buy cheap plants (Aldi in particular).
The reduced section in the garden centre is worth a browse for perennials. They might look a little sad but can be revived!
Most things can be grown from seed extremely cheaply. Share packets and seedlings with friends and family to save even more.
You can grow great plants from cuttings for free! Mr S pinched a bit of a multi-coloured wallflower from a garden we visited. It grew spectacularly and this year he has taken cuttings from that.
You can also divide plants such as grasses to create new plants. I have a geranium that spreads and is good for filling a gap or two so have just divided that.
Places like Home Bargains and B&M are good for cheap compost. Even better, make your own. We use a bit of both.
Pots, planters and containers can be expensive but other gardening friends often have too many. Ask! Failing that, boot sales can be a treasure trove. But you can also be creative – old tyres make good planters, for example.
Boot sales are great for old gardening tools, as well as Freecycle if you have a group in your area.
Bird scarers can be made easily from aluminium containers on strings – they make a great clatter!
Several water butts around the garden will save you money if you are on a meter. You can also use ‘grey water’ from your shower or bath to water the garden.
Your garden saves you cash
As well as finding ways to save money in the garden it can save you £££S. Gifts from your garden cost very little: home made jams and chutneys are often appreciated presents, or a hamper of seasonal fruit and vegetables. How about growing your own pot plants as gifts?
Finally, of course growing your own fruit and veg can save you a lot and is also free exercise.
What are your garden money saving tips?