Grow a garden on a budget
We’ve compiled our favourite ways to grow an inexpensive, yet impressive garden. Whether you’re new to gardening, or have a green thumb, our tips will keep your garden blooming and your bank account happy.
Trade seeds and plant trimmings
Look for local plant exchanges in your neighborhood. If you can’t find any near you, consider organizing your own plant exchange with friends, family and neighbours.
Bonus: Trading seeds and plants is also a great way to discover plants, shrubs and flowers you wouldn’t have picked out yourself.
Shop at local garage sales
Rather than paying full price for gardening supplies, shop around at garage sales in your neighborhood. You should be able to find tools, pots and planter boxes at a fraction of the price you would pay at the store. If you’re planning on visiting some garage sales this spring/summer, we suggest making a list of everything you need for your garden so you don’t miss out on any good deals.
Find a free mulch pile
Mulch helps your plants thrive, controls weeds and makes your yard look great. Even better: it’s possible to reap the benefits of mulch without the investment. Many tree planting companies offer their unused mulch for free once their season is over, so keep a lookout for one in your neighborhood.
Invest in perennials
Perennials grow back for several years rather than annuals, which only last for one season. By filling your garden with perennials, you’ll avoid having to buy new plants every year, which should save you money for years to come.
Get creative with garden bed edging
Garden bed edging can make a big difference in how your yard looks, but it can come with a steep price tag. Why not reuse and recycle old materials to make your own garden bed edging? Here are two of our favourite DIY edging ideas:
Control weeds with household supplies
Need an inexpensive way to kill weeds? Skip the pricey weed killer sold in stores and make your own with items around the house. Spraying weeds with vinegar is an effective way to get rid of them, just make sure you stay clear of the plants you want to keep. You can also control weeds with boiling water (we suggest using leftover boiled water from a pot or kettle).
Lastly, the best way to make your garden budget-friendly is to enjoy it! Gardening is a fairly inexpensive hobby, and you can transform it into a place where you enjoy hanging out with family and friends, which is a better than going out somewhere where you’ll have to spend money.