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Gardening on a budget? here's how!

8th Sep '17 • By Emily Ayers

There are a few tips and tricks you learn along the way to help you save a bundle in the garden. We’ve put together our best tips so you can learn from our experience!

Grow from seeds
 

It can be tempting to buy a large expensive plant from your local nursery, yes it looks great, but you’ll have spent most of your budget on one plant! Trust us, it will be a rewarding and enjoyable experience watching your seeds grow.  Jane Wilson manager of Fantastic Cleaners suggests to “save seeds [...] each year go through the fallen fruits and vegetables, collect their seeds, dry them and store them for next years. Nowadays there are also websites where you can trade seeds with other gardeners.“ 

Perennials
 

If you want something now and for the best price, your best bet is with perennials - they are one of the cheapest flowers and they will quickly fill your garden bed. They are quite a common flower because they are very durable and last a really long time. The average life span of perennials ranges from 3 seasons or more. This will enable you to plant them in your garden without the worry of renewing the flora every season.

Veronicas, Russian sage, blanket flower and asters are just some of the varieties of perennials you can purchase. These versatile plants will help you decorate your garden for many seasons to come. Do some research and find the right type of flower for your area - it will pay off in the long run!

Garden Flowers

Plant trees
 

Another way to populate your garden is to plant trees. That’s right, planting small trees is a great way to make an investment for the future. Although it will take time, in 5-10 years time you’ll have a beautifully flourishing garden. Make sure you take into account the maintenance that will go into each tree type, although once they are established, trees will require very little ongoing maintenance. Climate, soil and sunlight are the main keys to excellent growth, so make sure you check plant tags to ensure they’ll thrive in your garden. 

Soil Garden Planting

Gravel 
 

Gravel is cheap for garden pathways, which make for a great addition to any garden. Even if your garden is not that well populated, a great pathway can elevate the look of the landscape. Pathways also make for great decoration areas where you can put up railings and lights! Gravel comes in different varieties, so you’ll be sure to find a type that suits your style.

For example, decomposed granite is relatively cheap and readily available. You can set it up in almost no time and it does the job right. It has a reddish tan that fades over time so you can expect changes in colors through the seasons as well. Just make sure your home doesn’t have wooden flooring because granite tends to get stuck in shoes. You can very easily bring some residue inside your house if you walk in with your shoes on.

Pea gravel is another alternative to this which offers the same affordability with better traction and a sturdier look. This type of gravel goes great with small gardens. It complements most decors and can also be levelled as per your requirement. Similarly, river rock and crushed granite are two additional options you can look into as well. 

Take Cuttings
 

Ask your friends, family and even neighbours if you can take some cuttings from their gardens. This arrangement usually works best if you’re able to swap cuttings. Asking for cuttings from other gardens is a great and free way to expand the variety of plants in your garden. 

Plants

Make your own compost
 

Garden compost can be quite expensive to purchase, but there is an easier way - make your own! Use your old food scraps, weeds, cardboard, fallen leaves and twigs to get started.  

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