As winter weather gives way to warm spring days, more are thinking about getting outside and gardening. We’re here to help you get started and save on gardening supplies!
Between the sun and the soil, gardening can be a fun and relaxing activity. In addition to the beauty of flowers, many enjoy several overall benefits of gardening. Gardening is very rewarding and an excellent form of exercise.
Not only is gardening a great way to get active outside, a vegetable garden gives you access to home grown healthy foods. Plus, gardens add value to your property.
There is not anything negative to be said about gardening except that it can get expensive. That’s why you will find some tips below on how to save on gardening supplies.
Let’s get started.
Share or borrow equipment
If you live in a neighbourhood where the homes are close together, consider sharing equipment. For instance, if your neighbour has a great weed wacker and doesn’t mind sharing and you have hedge trimmers, offer a trade for the day.
Another method of sharing equipment is for a small group of neighbours to go in on the costs of purchasing an item that everyone needs. That way, no one has to pay the full price, and each household will have access to it.
Buy seeds and transport
For a beginner gardener, buying a transplant is easier and much less money than starting from scratch outside. A transplant is a vegetable or flower that comes in small packets that you plant and raise.
The steps to raise seeds are:
- Plant seeds deep in the soil – in a container with adequate light, water, and drainage.
- Let them grow inside until frost is no longer a threat. Their leaves should be healthy and consistent in color with thick and strong stems.
- Transport your flower or fruit plant outside, deep in good, rich soil.
Shop garage & yard sales
Garage, yard and estate sales are fun places to navigate and the best places to find unique pots, planters, and gardening equipment at a discount.
These sales are the perfect places to find new or used items such as:
Check out discounts on gardening supplies
Besides yard sales, home improvement stores such as The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rona, Home Hardware and others have tons of sales on gardening supplies that new gardeners will find necessary. You don’t have to spend a fortune when these stores have great weekly offers.
Grow what you eat
When deciding what to grow, don’t go for what grows easy; go for what you like. Herbs are a great start if you love cooking and seasoning with fresh ingredients. If you are a salad connoisseur, grow the base of any good salad; lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. This will make for an enjoyable gardening experience and save you money at the grocery store.
Learn to use mulch
Once you get into a rhythm of watering your garden and have a pattern that works, adding a few inches of mulch to your soil will keep your soil moist much longer. Mulching will save you money, time, and frustration from losing plants as the weather warms during the summer. Keep a supply of mulch handy to save you from wasting money on plants or vegetation.
Another inexpensive hack as a first time gardener is to, in some areas where growth may be sparse, make use of artificial grass*.
Gardening can be expensive but not if you use these simple tips to cut costs. Happy saving!
Article contributed by Stephanie Snyder for the exclusive use of reebee.com
*Artificial grass in Dallas has a lifespan of 25 years, rapid flow drainage and is pet-friendly.