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How to Save Money Gardening This Spring

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 11, 2013 | Categories: Frugal Tips, Giveaways, Home and Garden

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for spring. This has been a cold, rainy, snowy, winter here in East Tennessee. I’m over it. I’m ready for warmer, sunnier days.

There are so many things I love about spring. From the longer days, to the warmer (but not too hot) temperatures… but what I look forward to most is gardening. Planting the vegetable seeds that will provide my family with wholesome goodness throughout the summer months.

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Gardening is a great way for you and your family to eat healthier. Gardening is healthy both physically and mentally and spiritually. It is therapeutic… working with the earth and nature.

However, gardening can be expensive if you’re not careful.

Everyone that knows me, knows I’m frugal. Yet when I started gardening several years ago I spent more money than I needed to… but I’ve learned a lot over the years. Now, I can garden without spending a lot of money.

Whether you have a huge garden or a small patio garden, there are ways to save money gardening and reaping big rewards.

Gardening on a budget can be as simple as…

Why Buy If You Can Get It For Free

Check Craigslist and/or your local classified sections for free mulch. One man’s unused mulch can be another man’s treasure. Or check yard/garage sales for gardening tools and planter boxes, flower pots, etc. for cheap buys.

Share, Swap, & Barter

My f-i-l has this wonderful system set up where he and his neighbors share and help each other with their gardens.

Check out Discount Stores

You can find gardening tools, seeds, seedling plants, etc., at chain department stores like, Walmart, or even the Dollar Store.

Water, Water, Everywhere…

Watering a garden can raise your water bill, so use rain barrels to collect water.

how to save money gardening

Here’s a few more tips:

  • Start plants from seeds instead of buying seedlings. Check out these deals on Burpee seed starting kits.
  • Plant potatoes from the potatoes you buy at your grocery store. Cut one into 4 pieces and plant each piece.
  • Use yard waste to make compost and mulch.

See, not only can you garden on a budget, but you will also be saving money by growing vegetables and herbs.

I hope you find these tips useful and you’re able to save money gardening this spring.

12 Responses to How to Save Money Gardening This Spring

  1. Buy diapers, wipes, and other baby stuff for my baby boy due in 3 1/2 weeks!

  2. Jessie C. says:

    I’d get a new laptop

  3. kim lazor says:

    I so want to garden again! I have been unable to for several years, since I became disabled. I really miss it. I have recently learned of upright garden planters, that would be perfect for me to resume my love of gardening, however, they are quite pricey, at about $200+ per planter. If I won, I would order two of them immediately! LOL! My indoor seedlings are almost ready to plant.

    Thanks for the great opportunity, and money saving tips!

  4. Sonya says:

    I would get my daughter an ipad

  5. Jeff Taylor (@jeffltaylor2) says:

    I would pay off a credit card!

  6. Amy Orvin says:

    Buy a camcorder

  7. Angela Cash says:

    I would pay some bills, buy some treats/toys for my pups, and definitely splurge on some garden supplies.

  8. Caitlin Clark says:

    With the $500, I would put it directly into savings, because we’ve been having troubles lately that have eaten into it, and an extra $500 would be a godsend!

  9. kris mihalov says:

    buy new dryer

  10. Crystal says:

    I’d use it for a trip to visit home!

  11. I’d fly out to San francisco to visit my son who turns 25 on Sunday!

  12. Anna says:

    These are all great ideas to save money by gardening.

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