Are you looking to save money spent on gardening? Do you want to find ways to efficiently use your gardening tools and other items available at home? Well, gardening has become a cost effective hobby these days, and it is a relaxing activity too. There are plentiful methods through which gardening can be made easy on the wallet. We will help you identify those areas where you can reduce your gardening expenses.
Cost Effective Gardening Methods
Shoots and Cuttings
Consider taking cuttings from a friend’s plant and plant them in your garden. Most tender plants like marguerites, fuschia and pelargoniums grow well from cuttings taken from existing plants. This is an easy way of cutting cost on buying seedlings. The best way for propagating climbers and shrubs from a single shoot is by layering them. Layering is done by bending the shoot down to ground level and burying it in soil. Roots will develop by autumn, and it is then detached from the shoot and planted out in a new area.
Compost your Own Fertilizer
Making your own compost is a cost effective idea that can save you a lot of money. For those, who are patient enough to pursue this, there are many guides for making compost, that can be found online, while local composting scheme and bins at low cost can be found on the government funded website which you can look for.
Slow Release Water System
Watering the plants is very essential in gardening and the right technique will go a long way in the plant’s growth. One easy method of watering the plant at the root zone, where it is most important, is by having a slow release system where the water percolates through the soil to reach the roots. This can be done using a simple item like a 1.25L water bottle. Punch a few holes at the base of the bottle and bury the bottle next to the plant with the base deep enough to reach the roots. Now, fill the bottle with water and alternatively enrich it with nutrients like seaweed.
Plants that have bulb flowers are more self-sustained than most other plants. Choosing the right bulb matters on how well they multiply. Many bulbs keep replicating themselves on their own, with little effort by the gardener, a garden full of these bulbs can transform your small barren garden into a beautiful one with no additional or hidden cost. Daffodils are one of the most easily replicating bulbs unlike the tulips, which weaken over time.
Weed Riddance And Plant Enrichment
Weeds are always a trouble to get rid of. One easy remedy for this is vinegar. Spraying full strength vinegar on the plant and reapplying on the new plant growth will ensure that it dies. While vinegar can be a retardant, it can also be used as an enriching nutrient agent, which can make an easy and effective solution to help enrich the beautiful plants you have planted in your garden.