To create the very best "on a budget garden", you will need to come up with a game plan, get it on paper, and flesh it out before you ever get your hands dirty. This will help you maintain good cost control over your plantings and prevent your expenditures from unduly escalating.
Keep a close eye on your budget and purchase according to your specific plans and needs. You will find that a summer garden can be budget friendly and you will be rewarded with a bounty of produce, and flowers, and color for the whole season.
I hope the advice that follows will help you cut the expense of summer garden and help you find budget friendly ways to build the summer garden of your dreams.
Do not buy on impulse. No matter how good a deal may seem, if you do not need the seeds, or the tools, or various other items, do not purchase them unless you really need them for your budget garden.
It would be a waste of money that could be better spent elsewhere.
You may find some items online that are cheaper, but be aware of the costs involved in shipping.
You should also take in consideration the advantages of buying locally where you can find bargains.
You will also build a relationship with the local businesses who are going to be more likely to bargain, barter, and throw in freebies.
Check locally for free composting materials. Many communities offer these free to residents. When compared with the expense of purchasing these materials the savings can be significant over the course of a summer.
Work out an exchange among gardening friends. This is a great way to incorporate new plants into your summer garden without purchasing each plant you wish to include.
This is a great way to make new gardening friends, share a passion, and save money.
It's a win-win situation for most gardeners who are constantly waging war on the high costs that can be involved in gardening.
Select plants that are native to your area for your budget garden. This is a huge money saver that is often overlooked.
Keep costs down by selecting plants that will easily thrive in your climate and those that are locally cultivated. But if you absolutely love a couple of non-native plants, by all means incorporate them into your garden.
However, if you are planning a garden from scratch choose as many native plants as possible for filler.
Check your local classified ads for used garden tools that are in good condition.
There are many reasons that people sell or give away garden tools, and a bargain is a bargain on these tools that are going to be used to play in the dirt.
You do not need to be incredibly picky about the tools you purchase and saving money is always a good thing. It's even better, of course, when you get them for no cost at all. You also might find a few free plants available through these sources too.
Mulching saves time and money. Really! It saves water to mulch because the mulch holds the moisture in. This lowers the cost of watering and eliminates many of the pesky weeds that crop up, which saves time.
We all know that time is money and most of us despise weeding unless we have some truly aggressive emotions to work through that is.
By using all of the steps above you should find that you have
saved a good deal of money in the planning and growing of your summer
garden. Combine them with tips of your own that you discover along the
way and next summer your garden should cost even less.