According to HSBC, green-fingered gardeners in the UK spend an average of £297 on the upkeep of the gardens. This includes £73 on plants and flowers, £71 on landscaping, £70 on general maintenance and a further £82 on new garden furniture.
Contrary to popular belief, however, this much-loved past-time doesn’t have to be so expensive, so here are five money-saving tips for garden enthusiasts:
Get creative and make your own compost
Did you know that you can make your own compost? That’s right, it’s relatively easy to do and will save you buying bags of the stuff. The trick is to use a mixture of green products (such as grass cuttings, raw vegetable peelings, tea bags and soft prune cuttings) and brown products (such as toilet rolls, waste paper, cardboard and sawdust). Try to avoid meat, fish and cooked products, however, unless you’re prepared to find out more about pest control.
Use household items to make seed-starting pots
Do you enjoy growing things from scratch? If so, why not make your own seed-starting pots? Simply poke holes in the bottom of an ice cream tub, or drill the bottom of empty cans before filling them with soil. Alternatively, wrap a jam jar in newspaper, fold up the ends, remove the jar and use this to plant your new seeds.
Buy seeds in bulk rather than plants
If you want to improve your garden, buy seeds rather than ready-grown plants. You’ll get more for your money and will be able to watch your seedlings develop. Be as creative as you like with the plants you choose, just make sure they’ll flourish in your garden. Exotic flowers may look pretty, but they might not thrive in a rock garden or an open space with minimal sunshine.
Save your seeds from a previous crop
One of the best ways to save money is to keep back seeds from a successful crop. This will help you plant new products the following year and will ensure you garden is both economical and sustainable. If you’re not sure how to store your seeds, ask someone down the local garden centre or look for help and advice online.
Make the most of online communities
Do you know any like-minded garden enthusiasts? If not, go online and find a gardening community of your own. The Garden Swap Shop is totally free and is the perfect place to buy, sell and swap flowers and plants with people you’ve never met. This will help you perfect your garden and will give you access to a wide range of wonderful seeds. You can also share your gardening tips and form connections with people that have the same interests as you.
Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive, so keep these useful tips in mind.