Gardening is a great way to save money. Produce can be so expensive. When you grow your own fruits and vegetables, you greatly cut the costs. Of course, you can end up overspending or wasting money if you don’t follow a few tips. Let’s take a closer look at how to get started gardening on a budget.
Determine What You Want to Plant and Where
Research, research, research. You first need to know what you can plant in your area. Once you know the plants that work well in your region, determine where you want to place your garden. You also need to decide if you want an in the ground garden, raised garden beds, a container garden, or even a hanging basket garden.
Make a List of Needed Supplies
What will you need to make your garden possible? Are you starting with seeds? Then you’ll need to purchase seeds, seed starter pots, dirt, pots, etc. You will then need pots, if you plan on doing a container garden, or a raised garden bed. If you’re planting in the ground, you will need the proper tools to dig up the land. Other great items to have are a watering can, plant markers, and gardening gloves.
Hit Your Local Dollar Tree
The Dollar Tree has so many great gardening supplies. You can even find seeds four packs for a dollar. You need to act fast though because these items move quickly and aren’t restocked.
Read the Information Carefully
When you get your seeds or plants, you want to make sure to read everything carefully. Determine when and how you need to sow your seeds, when to transplant, how to care for the plants until maturity, and how long it will take until maturity.
Protect Your Garden
Last, but not least, why do all this work if you don’t protect your garden? You need to make sure your plants are safe from wildlife. Add a small fence around your garden, use pinwheels to scare off birds, and cover your plants should a late frost occur.
Gardening on a budget is so easy. The amount of money you save growing your own produce is amazing. With hard work, you may even grow enough to sell to local produce stands. Or, you could freeze or can excess for later use. Either way, growing a garden is a must for anyone who wants to make the most of their money.