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Top ways to save money on gardening

gardening tipsGardening is considered to be one of the 'less expensive' hobbies. However, in reality there is a lot of expense incurred when you start gardening on a regular basis. Growing plants and greens in your backyard would include expenditure on seeds, soil, plants, tomato cages, pots, mulch and even lumber for raised beds.

Few ways to reduce gardening costs -

1. Plant seeds instead of buying seedlings - A packet of seed could help you grow about 100 plants for the cost of one plant or seedling that the nursery would sell you. Seeds require more work in the garden, but your savings would be worth the effort.

2. Re-purpose the garden - You could use an old egg carton to make a seedling tray.Fabric scraps could be used to tie up plants like tomatoes. Plastic knives can be used to mark the various crops. You could also use a shower curtain as a shelter to your rows.

3. Compost - The yard waste could be used to make a rich compost and mulch. You could turn the garden trash into valuable garden treasure. By composting useless scraps, you could create a free supply of garden nutrients.This way you could save on purchase of manure.

4. Do it yourself -You could avoid a gym workout by mowing your lawn using a push mower. This is not only free exercise but will also give you a chance to breathe the fresh air and add freshness to your day.

5. Harvest rainwater - Using a barrel to collect rain water that runs off the roof is one of the most easiest solutions to saving money on gardening. This water could be used to water the plants in your garden. Water is expensive and watering the plants could be one of the biggest expenses for most people. Using rain water is not only free but is also good for your garden.You could also try using a bucket in the shower to collect all the water that is wasted while you are waiting for it to get hot.This water too could be used for gardening purposes.

6. Barter - There are several gardening organizations that you could be a member and benefit from. Exchanging seedlings or seeds within your local area would not only save costs but would also offer variety to your garden. Exchanging goods instead of paying money for goods is an age-old technique that has proved beneficial in several areas.

7. Gardening books - These days there are several means of getting information for almost free. A gardening book could be very handy for beginners in the garden. However, you need not always buy these books. You could borrow from a library or even read off the internet.

Gardening can be very fulfilling to pursue. It can be pursued as a hobby, as a weekend pastime or even as a stress buster. A little care on the expenses and you would savor the gardening experience better. As they say, free stuff always tastes a lot better.