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15 Jul 5 Ways To Create A Summer Garden On A Budget
Summer gardening can quickly escalate into an expensive undertaking if you do not keep specific budget constraints in mind. If you plan according to your budget and purchase according to your specific plans, you are likely to find that your summer garden is more budget friendly than other summer gardens on your block! Hopefully the advice that follows will help you cut the expenses to build a budget-friendly summer garden.
1. Buy The Essentials
Do not buy what you do not need no matter how good the deal is! If you do not need the seeds, tools, and other items there is no real reason to purchase them. It is a waste of money that could be better spent elsewhere, so that you do not spend unnecessary money.
2. Buy Local
Do not pay for shipping if it can be avoided. You may find a few items cheaper online but be very aware of the costs involved in shipping. If it costs more than it would have cost to purchase the same items locally, you have not actually saved anything at all! This is why it is a good idea to support small local businesses whenever possible. These local places are going to be more likely to bargain, barter, and throw in freebies. Also, an extra tip, check locally for free composting materials! Many communities offer these free to residents. When compared with the expense of purchasing these materials, the savings can be significant over the course of a summer.
3. Exchange With Other Gardeners
Work out an exchange among gardening friends. This is a great way to incorporate new plants into your summer garden without purchasing each plant you wish to include! This is a great way to make new gardening friends, share a passion, and save money. It’s a win-win situation for most gardeners who are constantly waging war on the high costs that can be involved in gardening.
4. Choose Plants From Your Location
Select plants that are native to your area for your summer garden. This is a huge money saver that is often overlooked. The costs of non-native plants can be excessive in the best of circumstances and the added care incurs further costs. Keep costs down by selecting plants that will easily thrive in your climate and those that are locally cultivated. If you absolutely love a couple of non-native plants, by all means incorporate them into your garden. However, if you are planning a garden from scratch choose as many native plants as possible for filler.
5. Try Mulching
Mulching saves time and money! It saves water to mulch because the mulch holds the moisture in. This lowers the cost of watering and eliminates many of the pesky weeds that crop up, which ends up saving time. Time is money, and most of us despise weeding, so why not give mulching a try?
By using the 5 steps above, you should find that you have saved a great deal of money in the planning and growing of your summer garden. Combine them with tips of your own that you discover along the way, and next summer your garden could cost even less!
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