Do you dream of a garden that’s green and blooming, providing you with fruits, vegetables and herbs while being a quiet, relaxing place from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Not dreading the gardening required to achieve this, but dreading the cost, especially if you’re creating a new garden? Don’t worry, we’ve rounded up the best 15 tips for gardening on the cheap. This will save your money and make you a real gardening saver, we promise!
15 Cheap gardening tips to make a great garden
1. Get woody plants for free or for little money instead of buying expensive ones
Are you looking for inexpensive woody plants such as perennials, shrubs, hedges or trees for your garden? Then start by asking around in the neighborhood: Are there neighbors who would like to get rid of one or the other plant from their garden?
If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, a little research on google can help: In the local Ebay classifieds, there are often advertisements with shrubs that are particularly cheap or even free of charge for those who pick them up themselves. When picking up the plants, expect to have to dig them out, pack them and transport them yourself. We advise you, depending on the size and weight of the plants, to take a hand truck with you. By the way, the same applies to expensive garden soil: simply search for the term or alternatively for “topsoil”.
2. Swap plants instead of buying new ones
Do you occasionally look left and right over the garden fence and admire the plant splendor of your neighbors? Before you buy new plants, why not ask if a swap deal can be arranged in which you exchange plants from your garden for the plants you want from your neighbor’s garden.
The advantage: The exchange plants are, unlike highly cultivated plants from the greenhouse of a nursery, all from the open field, know the growing conditions on site and grow a few meters to the left or right certainly just as well as in their original location.
Plant swap meets have also become established in many places, usually in the spring or fall. Alternatives include plant swap meets on the Internet, neighborhood pages on social media channels and classified ads on Ebay.
3. Plant perennials instead of annuals
It’s obvious that you’ll save decent money with perennial plants. Once purchased, the greenery is winter-hardy and, once planted, will give you pleasure for several years, whereas with annual plants you have to spend money again every year and plant the plants as well as dispose of them again at the end of the gardening season.
Very important: Look specifically for so-called bare-root plants, i.e. those whose root balls are without soil. They often cost much less than those with a root ball.
4. Propagate plants yourself instead of buying new ones
Would you like to have more of your favorite plants? Instead of buying new ones, you can propagate the existing ones yourself: Collect the seeds of annual plants. Grow your own cuttings from woody plants. Or divide the roots of your favorite greenery, such as perennials and grasses.
DIY plant propagation, by the way, is also a good way to prevent plant mispurchases. After all, the plants in your garden have already shown that you thrive in this location.
The compost twin turns organic waste into compost, which is great for fertilizing.
5. Compost yourself instead of buying expensive compost
There’s nothing like compost. It is the perfect fertilizer for your garden because it is purely organic. Instead of buying compost for a lot of money, you can easily make it yourself. This will not only save you money, but you will always have a place to get rid of most of your garden and kitchen waste.
In our online store, for example, you can find the “compost twin”, which, thanks to sophisticated technology, composts your organic waste without you having to move the compost pile. Read our magazine article to find out everything you need to know about proper composting.
Composting can even be done on a terrace, balcony or indoors with the help of a special worm bin.
6. Sowing plants yourself instead of buying expensive ones
The calculation works out: Plant seeds are significantly cheaper than already grown plantlets that you buy in the garden store. In addition, the selection of seeds is much larger than that of young plants. In our sowing calendar you can see at a glance when the best time to sow is for the respective seeds.
7. Buy bulbs in the fall
This tip is for real garden-saving foxes: make a plan in the fall for what will bloom where in your garden in the coming gardening season. Get the flower bulbs you need for this before winter, when prices are particularly cheap. You can then put healthy, firm bulbs into the ground without hesitation – and look forward to next spring with great anticipation: It will be colorful in your garden!
In addition, you can also simply let onion nature run its wild course: After all, various bulbous plants spread out all by themselves via incubating bulbs and seeds where they feel particularly at home – the so-called wilding effect.
Organic compost from garden and kitchen waste is a boon for plants and soil – but here too you should make sure you use the right amount!
8. Fertilize with home remedies instead of buying expensive fertilizer
Besides the compost already mentioned above, there are one or two home remedies that you can use to fertilize your garden. This will save you the money spent on expensive fertilizer. And because the home remedies are all natural, you’ll be saving the environment at the same time. It’s worth collecting the following things in your kitchen:
Coffee grounds: they contain phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen and minerals. These are so good for your garden that if you’re not a coffee drinker, consider collecting coffee grounds from your workplace, if applicable. An alternative source of coffee grounds en masse could also be your favorite coffee shop around the corner. Ask the operator about it! Good to know: Tea grounds from green and black teas also fertilize well.
Organic banana peels give flowering plants like roses an extra dose of potassium.
Crushed eggshells are a great source of lime: Crush eggshells and add them to the water. Let the whole thing stand overnight so that the lime is released into the water before watering your garden with it.
Wood ash has also proven to be a good fertilizer.
So, by the way, has vegetable cooking water from the kitchen, which contains plenty of nutrients and minerals after cooking vegetables.
9. Collect rainwater for watering instead of using expensive drinking water
Watering water for the garden you can tap from the water pipe in expensive drinking water quality. A real garden-saving fox saves the expense and collects the rainwater in a rain barrel instead. You can read everything you need to know about this in our article Collecting and using rainwater: Tips & Tricks. In our online store you will find rain barrels with a tap for your garden.
10. Use beneficial insects against pests instead of pesticides
It can always happen that plant pests visit your garden to feast in large numbers on the greenery there. Instead of buying expensive and often environmentally harmful pesticides, you can rely on the natural predators of the pests, for example earwigs, ladybugs and lacewings against aphids, hedgehogs against slugs or songbirds against caterpillars of codling moth and frost moth, to restore the natural balance in the garden.
Best of all, an appropriate wildlife-friendly garden will attract beneficial insects on its own. You can read how to make your garden animal-friendly in our articles:
- Benefits of Beneficial Insects in the Garden
- Animals in the garden: Building a hedgehog house!
- How To Build Climbing Supports For Climbing Roses
11. Build children’s playground with natural means
Your offspring should have a place to play in the garden? This can be set up quickly with simple and inexpensive means: Sandbox, climbing tree, swing, hut and mud kitchen you can build from natural “ingredients” from the garden and household.
12. Buy only the right gardening tools
Gardening is a craft. And for that you need tools of the trade. It pays to invest in high-quality garden tools and to clean them properly and store them after use, for example in one of the tool sheds that you can buy in great variety in our online store. Then it will last a gardener’s lifetime and longer.
The investment pays off in any case, if you limit yourself to the actually necessary garden tool train and buy this suitable for your body size. Be sure to read our articles on basic gardening tools and back-friendly gardening!
13. Reuse planters instead of buying new expensive every time
It doesn’t always have to be the expensive equipment in the garden, for example for growing seedlings from seeds. Instead, you can re-cycle or re-use various items from your garden and household.
For inspiration, take a look around on the Internet; DIY gardeners have lots of ideas about what’s possible! There, growing pots are made from tin cans, yogurt cups, tetra packs and newspaper. Cut branches become bed borders or climbing aids.
14. Grow plants from vegetable scraps instead of buying new
“Re-grow” is another measure to garden on the cheap: You can put stumps of vegetables in a jar of water and grow a new plant from them. This works with leeks, celery, lettuce and other plants and has been a trend in green cuisine for years.
15. Become self-sufficient with your garden instead of buying all your groceries
As a self-supporter, you’ll get your fruits, vegetables and herbs from your own garden and save on the grocery costs otherwise required to do so. We explain in detail how to become a self-supporter in our post here. Feel free to take a look!
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