Spending time close to nature can have a profound and lasting effect on your mental and physical wellbeing. Not only can short sessions in the sun provide you with much-needed vitamin D but the added dirt under your nails, along with a batch of home-grown veggies, can also fill you with a deep sense of accomplishment.
Even if you don’t have all the financial resources at your disposal, gardening on a budget can be just as rewarding. To try to eliminate the possibility of ever needing a cash loan, these next hacks will help you to get the most out of your gardening endeavours without breaking the bank.
1. Grow Organic
Growing and tending to your garden in an organic way is a healthier option when it comes to your diet. It will also help you to stay within the borders of your gardening budget, and in the end maybe even help reduce your grocery bills.
The first thing you would want to do is to make your own compost heap. This may require a bit of time and effort but it pays off remarkably well in the long haul.
If you want to see immediate results you can always cut up banana peels and work them into the soil surrounding your plants to ensure they get an extra potassium boost.
Tea is known to naturally fertilise, and coffee is a very effective pest deterrent. Feel free to empty an old pot on your favourite plants thereby making double the use out of simple ingredients you have in your home.
Consider planting vegetation that attracts beneficial insects and helps to infuse the soil with nutrients. Certain legumes, rye, and other grasses will help to increase the nitrogen levels in your garden which will benefit the growth rate of nearby plants.
Minimising the use of chemical pesticides will also help to keep your costs down and your soil in optimum condition for future crops.
2. Be Creative
Gardening usually goes hand in hand with pretty pebbles, large pots, fences, raised beds and gushing waterfalls. These personal touches can add up to quite a large sum of money if you are to hire a gardening designer to lend a helping hand.
In order to stick to your budget, it is important to realise that you can design and build all of it yourself for a fraction of the price.
With so many free self-help guides available to gardening enthusiasts there is no reason to not get a pen and paper and start brainstorming the layout of your dream garden. By doing this you get to choose the sizes, colour, and materials you will use thereby ensuring a picture perfect end result that reflects your personal tastes and preferences.
3. Start Small
When scouting for flowers, shrubs or other vegetation you have always envisioned as being part of your garden one can easily be seduced to purchase full-grown plants. However, it is important to remember that seedlings and seeds are a far more affordable option.
Seeds require more care and nurturing but offer loads more produce compared to just one or two full-grown plants. You will have to give it more time before reaping the benefits that accompany mature plants but considering the amount of money you will save, the process is definitely worth it.
Another benefit of buying seeds is that you can always swap them out with other avid gardeners or trade them in for gardening favours. This type of gardening collateral can help you to increase your plant collection and is a great way of meeting people that can give you even more gardening tips and insight.
4. Borrow Tools
Whether you are itching to mow the lawn or need to prune your favourite shrubs so they bloom in the coming season, borrowing gardening tools will definitely help you to curb your gardening expenses.
If you know you will be using one or two tools regularly then purchasing those items might be a worthy investment, but if you only rake leaves once a year then it would be wiser to borrow a rake from a close friend or family member.
If you have to buy some essential gardening tools or equipment, always try to buy manual tools that do not require any electrical input. This will help to save on your electrical bill and will also be easier to fix or maintain if they ever break down.
Lending out your own tools and integrating with gardening communities is the best way to learn new skills no matter if you are just starting out or were born with a green thumb.
Gardening on a budget can open you up to new creative endeavours that can cause you to grow even closer to nature. By tending organically to your plants and designing your own dream garden you can stay within your gardening budget and have fun whilst doing it.