Gardening on a Budget: 7 Top tips

by Guest Contributor

2 July, 2018

By Andy Baxter, MD of Internet Gardener

In this guide, Andy Baxter, MD of Internet Gardener helps prove that gardening doesn’t need to be an expensive hobby, offering some top tips for those wanting to have thrifty green fingers.

1/ Keep your space limited

There’s a common misconception that you need a large garden or a huge space to be a good gardener. This is simply not true! The latest trend of ‘urban gardening’ involves the uprising of city gardening – making the most of small spaces to grow your own produce and flowers. This commonly includes keeping your own mini-garden in planters on window sills and ledges, but balcony gardens are also becoming popular, as well as rooftop gardens! Making the most of the space you have will save you money, as you won’t feel like you need to invest in a bigger property with a larger garden, or rent out an allotment. Additionally, you’ll naturally be more efficient with limited space, as you’ll have to be really selective on what plants you want to invest in.

2/ Recycle all the way

One of the benefits of gardening is that you can re-use a lot of the components. Many people spend hundreds on new compost, whereas hardy plants don’t need anything fancy. In fact, reusing soil or dirt from previous plants is totally acceptable, especially if you’re feeding minerals and nutrients to the plants using your own home made compost, which brings me onto the next point…

3/ Make your own compost

Collect your kitchen waste from fresh produce, such as vegetable cuttings, egg shells, leftovers and fruit peels. You can get large tubs for outside spaces for pretty cheap, but even if you don’t have much space, keeping this in your own little ice cream tub under the sink or somewhere else dark will still work.

4/ Keep seeds and grow them next season

The best thing about gardening is that you’re literally growing the next years crop! Make sure to collect the seeds from each plant and keep them stored away somewhere dark and dry until next year. You could even plant them again this season, if your gardening space is warm enough.

5/ Grow fresh produce

I know it sounds obvious, but why not double save by growing your own vegetables! Cheap salad and vegetables to grow include spinach, cress and spring onions. There are a load more as well, such as starting your own herb garden. Having to buy this consumable can get quite expensive since herbs always need to be so fresh, so you’ll be surprised how much you can save by having your own pot of basil on the windowsill!

6/ Use anything as pots and planters

Don’t spend loads on expensive and fancy pots for your plants! The plant won’t know any different, as long as it’s the right size! Honestly any old container will suffice, especially if you’re starting out with seedlings. Try using old mugs and glasses that you no longer need, or have broken handles. Things such as biodegradable egg containers are great for starting out seedlings too.

7/ Use your own weedkiller

Those who are fans of organic gardening will like this one. Instead of spending a lot of money on harmful weed killing devices, try using vinegar, which you’ll find is just as effective. You can even use salt to deter slugs and snails from chomping your salad. Gardening doesn’t need to be an expensive hobby, it should be accessible for everyone. With a little planning, even the most thrifty among us can start their own garden in no time!