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How to Save Money with Sustainable Gardening

By Archie Adams

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could earn from a hobby and cut back on costs around the house? Gardening seems like a good idea, but does it save the coin in the first place? If you’re new to the gardening venture, the prospect of not having to spend at the grocery store is a lively one. As you get started, you will realize there is more investing than saving, which can be a little heartbreaking. Expenses such as supplies, seeds and seedlings, garden accessories and tools, fencing, and soil can quickly drain you financially. So, it’s essential to research gardening techniques that will save money gardening. This is easier than you think, so put on your gardening shoes and let’s dig up pocket-friendly methods of gardening. Here we go.

Related article: 6 Tips for Gardening On the Cheap

 

Hit the Sales to Save Money Gardening

If you aim to garden for less, you focus on spending less on the input and supplies. So, utilize farming sales to the maximum, especially during the spring. You can check gardening circulars, newspaper calendars, or ask other gardeners.

garden sale bins, plants for sale
Target garden sales to get seedlings and seed and a lower price.
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Save Money Gardening by Conserving Water

water faucet

As a gardener, water is essential, but it can be very costly if misused
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You don’t want to be paying water bills equivalent to mortgage payments, so check on how you’re using water in the garden. If your crops require a constant water source, settle for subtle irrigation techniques such as drip irrigation. This ensures that the water goes where it is needed, and you reduce the chance of flooding your plants. On the other hand, mulching your plants prevents drastic moisture loss, reducing the need for constant irrigation. Mulch is superb at inhibiting the growth of weeds, and when it decomposes, it adds the nutrient value of the soil and can save money gardening.

Learn Organic Substitutes

Learning how to garden like a pro doesn’t mean you have to go all out. Practice substituting gardening inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides with natural, cheap products in your pantry. This creates a mutual relationship between your garden and home, meaning both enterprises support each other. For instance, replace alkaline fertilizers with Epsom salts to promote fruiting and flowering. Besides, adding ashes to the soil increases potassium levels, and this will boost crop growth and reproduction.

egg shells in grass,
Save the eggshells and use them in your vegetable garden to deter slugs
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On the other hand, prevent slug infestation on your greens by pouring crushed eggshells around the plants. This also increases the fertility levels of the soil. Another substitute for herbicides is diluted milk. Spraying this solution when the temperatures begin dropping prevents the growth of mildew on plants. You can also use cinnamon to avert damping-off.

Conclusion

All in all, living sustainable life is a pretty exciting experience. It’s easy to save with sustainable gardening whether as a hobby or as a money-making venture. Like any other activity, it will take some time to get its hang, so it requires patience and the willingness to learn and adapt.
What are some of the gardening tips that help flourish your garden? Leave us a comment below. We would love to hear from you.

Bio:

Archie was a builder for more than 40 years. Mainly after his retirement the enthusiastic electrical works in garden and writes for a blog homemakerguide.com to keep himself occupied. His many years of experience can get you the right tool reviews whether it is a drill, welding machine or so. An impressive fact to note about him is that almost everything in his house is a representation of his skills made by his hands.

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