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50 Tips to Save Money on Your Garden

Save Some Green On Your Garden!

Looking for ways to save money on your garden and yard is probably on your mind as you total your seed order for the spring. Growing fruits and veggies is supposed to save money on our grocery bill, right?

Spending time in our yard and garden is relaxing and enjoyable. But it’s hard to relax when you feel like the only thing you’re growing is a credit card bill!

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List Of 50 Tips To Save Money On Your Garden

So let’s take a look at some ways to keep more cash in your wallet while you spruce up your lawn and garden! Here’s the ‘quick list’, but keep reading for more details…

  1. Find Your Local Extension Office
  2. Test Your Soil
  3. Have a Plan When Starting Your Garden
  4. Don’t Crowd Your Plants
  5. Start Small When Buying Trees & Shrubs
  6. Plant it Yourself
  7. Choose the Proper Plant For The Spot
  8. Use Companion Planting
  9. Start Small & Learn as You Grow
  10. Compost Yard Waste & Kitchen Scraps
  11. Make Compost Tea
  12. Mulch Your Plants
  13. Use A Soaker Hose
  14. Save Your Grey Water
  15. Build Your Own Rain Barrel
  16. Become A Seed Saver
  17. Find Alternative Sources For Seed
  18. Grow Perennials from Seed
  19. Divide Perennials
  20. Propagate From Cuttings
  21. Swap Plants & Seeds
  22. Start Your Own Seedlings Under Lights
  23. Make Your Own Potting Soil
  24. Build Your Own Cold Frame, High Tunnel, Or Greenhouse
  25. Check Craigslist & Freecycle For Garden Goodies
  26. Use Cardboard To Create New Garden Beds
  27. Start A Permaculture Garden
  28. Grow Native Plants
  29. Don’t Purchase Pesticides
  30. Use Natural Pest Control Methods – Check out my ebook Recipes for Your Garden for inexpensive gardening solutions
  31. Choose Disease Resistant Varieties
  32. Shop End Of Season Sales
  33. Don’t Buy Invasive Or Diseased Plants
  34. Repurpose Materials & Tools
  35. Grow Perennial Fruits, Veggies, & Herbs
  36. Make Friends With A Farmer
  37. Cut Your Own Garden Stakes
  38. Build A Homemade Trellis Or Arbor
  39. Grow Vegetables Your Family Will Eat
  40. Bring Potted Plants Indoors For Winter
  41. Make a List and Stick To It When Purchasing Seeds
  42. Plant ‘Cut & Come Again’ Crops
  43. Check Germination Rates Before Purchasing New Seed
  44. Plant Multi-Purpose Crops Or Plants
  45. Use Plants That Naturalize
  46. Throw A Garden Party To Get Big Jobs Done
  47. Purchase Quality Tools & Maintain Them
  48. Check The Second-Hand Stores For Tools & Materials
  49. Don’t Be Afraid To Scavenge
  50. Sell Your Extras

Some of these ideas need no explanation and a few of them may leave you scratching your head. Let’s look a little deeper.

planting seeds
Talk to your local County Extension Office about your local growing conditions.

Find Your Local Extension Office

Your Extension office will have a ton of information about local growing conditions, plant diseases to watch for, and best planting dates. This information is important when choosing which plants or varieties to purchase for your garden. You can usually have soil testing and disease identification for your garden and landscape plants but call ahead to check.

Want to learn how to preserve the harvest? They can help you with that too. You don’t have to pay for the information…although the soil test is a paid service.

digging up soil to do a soil test
Do a soil test to see what plants will do best in your soil.

Test Your Soil

Before you start planting or even planning, test your soil to see if it is heavy clay, sandy, loamy…is it acid or alkaline? Is the soil fertile? Or will you need to amend it before planting? You’ll want to choose the best plants for your conditions and you’ll save time and money if you start out with a soil test before making any plans or putting down roots. It’s difficult and takes a long time to change the pH of your soil however, working compost in every year will improve growing conditions over time.

planning a garden
Plan your garden before you start planting it!

Have A Plan When Starting Your Garden

Once you know what grows well in your area, sit down and draw up a plan for your yard and garden. Measure the space, note the growing conditions, jot down your ideas, and draw out a design. Having a plan will help you avoid costly mistakes down the road.

Try planning shade trees on the south and west side of the house to keep your air conditioning bills lower. Leave your septic and leach field as the lawn area. Don’t plant trees too close to buildings, utility lines, septic fields, water lines, and underground cables. This will cause problems down the road. Only plan what you can maintain and afford.

Once you have an overall design, come up with a plan for projects to accomplish each year. If you have a lot of space, you may want to set 1-year, 5-year, and 10-year goals for your property. This allows you to plant the slower-growing trees and shrubs first and then fill in around them as you go. It also spreads the cost of landscaping over multiple years instead of trying to cram all of the expenses in right away.

apple tree
Plan your orchard before you start planting

Plan Your Orchard, Perennial Beds, & Veggie Garden

Be sure to work these features into your overall design instead of putting them in as an afterthought. Plan where a vegetable garden will go before you turn the soil. Check for a spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of sun a day.

Ideally, the garden will be close to your water source and kitchen to make caring for it, and harvesting, quick and easy. It would be a shame to spend time and money putting in raised beds, fruit trees, etc, and then have them crowded, more susceptible to disease, and unproductive.

Don’t Crowd Your Plants

Make sure you allow space for the mature size of trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. If you plant too closely, you’ll have to remove some or spend time and energy pruning them back. So leave room to grow and you will spend less on your landscape both short-term and in the long run.

plants for sale
Smaller trees and shrubs are easier to plant yourself and they cost less.

Start Small When Buying Trees and Shrubs

Nurseries want to sell large balled and burlapped trees and shrubs. These plants cost more…a LOT more. What the salesperson won’t tell you is that the large b&b trees take longer to recover from digging and transplanting than small potted trees do. It won’t take long for a small potted tree to catch up to a larger tree because the planting process is less stressful when the plant is young.

Note: When planting potted trees, be sure to unwind the roots and spread them out, or trim them. Roots that have wound around inside the pot will continue to grow that way and may strangle the tree when it gets large. So pruning them is best for the long-term health of the tree.

planting small tree
Start with small trees to save money and you’ll be able to plant them yourself.

Plant it Yourself

If you start with smaller potted trees and shrubs you can plant them yourself and save a ton of money. Nurseries charge a premium for services such as delivery and planting. Research the best practices for planting your own trees and shrubs before you start and keep the soil properly watered to prevent plant loss.

Choose The Proper Plant For The Spot

Don’t spend money on plants and put them in spots where they won’t thrive. Put moisture-loving plants in low, wet spots and shade lovers so they won’t get burned up by the sun. Do some research into your growing conditions and find out which plants will do well.

leeks, parsley and cabbage make good companions in the garden
Plant companion plants to increase harvests

Companion Planting

Choose plants that grow well next to each other and repel pests for their companions. A bit of research on companion planting will help reduce your pest and disease problems down the road.

Start Small & Learn As You Grow

If you have no experience with gardening, start out with plants in containers, a small raised bed, or some houseplants. Sprouting your own mung bean seeds and growing salad greens on the deck are good projects.

Read about gardening, take free classes or volunteer for a park or botanical garden to get some experience under your belt before you design your backyard oasis!

make your own compost to save money on fertilizer
Set up your own compost bins

Compost Yard Waste & Kitchen Scraps

You don’t need to purchase a fancy compost bin to start composting your biodegradable yard waste and kitchen scraps.

Old pallets may be fashioned into a 2 or 3-bin composter. An old garbage can with the bottom cut out can be set down in a hole to form a free composter.

Mix grass clippings, dried plant material, kitchen scraps (skip the meat and dairy), and other organic materials in your composter. Turn and keep moist (but not wet) and you’ll have brown gold for your garden!

Use your homemade compost to amend garden beds, mulch vegetable plants, make compost tea, and make your own potting soil. You won’t need to purchase nearly as many products for your veggie garden…and you’ll save a lot of green.

Note: Fresh compost may contain enough nitrogen to burn roots. Age your compost or use it to make compost tea, then use it around your plants.

If compost bins aren’t allowed in your neighborhood, you might be able to build a worm bin composter to take care of kitchen scraps and feed your garden! Or chop your scraps up and bury them right in the garden before you plant.

Make Compost Tea

Compost tea is a wonderful fertilizer for seedlings, organic veggies, container plants, and houseplants. Just place the finished compost in a loose-knit cloth, tie it up, place in a bucket of water for a day or two, and use to water your plants. The leftover compost may be used as mulch.

It’s easy to make and does wonders for your plants!

Mulch Your Plants

Use dried grass clippings, compost, wood chips, or straw to mulch your plants.

Mulch holds in moisture, reducing the watering chores and saving money on your utilities. If you have a well, you are probably still using electricity to pump that water out to the garden. So mulching not only saves water, but it will help you pinch your pennies too.

Use A Soaker Hose

A soaker hose or drip hose is another good way to cut down on your water bills. Watering your garden with a sprinkler may be the easy solution, but a lot of water is lost to evaporation.

In addition, watering your garden with the sprinkler gets the leaves wet and can lead to increased fungal disease, mold and rot…and that means reduced harvests and a higher investment for a lower return.

Tip: Use an old hose and poke lots of holes along one side and cap off the end of the hose. Lay the hose with the holes pointing down, along the row of plants you need to water and you’ve got your own repurposed, no cost drip hose. Turn the water on just so it trickles from the hose.

Save Your Greywater

Set up a greywater system to reduce your water usage. Greywater may be used for watering your landscaping plants if you use biodegradable soaps in your home.

Even if you can’t install a greywater system, you can wash your dishes in a dishpan and use the dirty water in the garden.

This may not save you a ton of money, but the bits of food in the dishwater will help fertilize your plants and you’ll be a little more environmentally friendly…and over the years you will save money too. Be sure to use biodegradable soap and don’t use too much grey water with soap or water softener salt in it to prevent damaging the soil structure.

Build Your Own Rain Barrel

Purchasing a rain barrel can be pretty pricey, especially if you opt for a fancy one. You can make your own from a food-grade plastic barrel and a few supplies.

Not only will you save money on building your rain barrel, but you’ll also save water (and money).

Become A Seed Saver

Heirloom seeds are a great way to save money. Have you ever totaled up the bill for all the seeds and plants you purchase each spring? Start out with heirloom varieties and you’ll be able to save the seed to plant your garden the following year.

Do some reading before you get started. Some vegetables are biennials and must be grown for two seasons to produce seeds. Also, some crops cross-pollinate easily and you’ll want to separate them to keep your seed pure.

Find Alternative Sources For Seeds

You don’t necessarily need to purchase all of your seeds from a garden supply catalog. The grocery store is an inexpensive place to pick up beans for drying such as black turtle, pinto, and navy beans. You can also get wheat berries, lentils, split peas, popcorn, and other grains from the store.

The produce section is another seemingly unlikely source for starting plants. Save the avocado pit to grow an avocado tree. Citrus fruits have seeds that will grow new trees.

Although apple seeds won’t grow a tree that produces the same variety of apples that you just ate, you can still experiment if you have space.

Grow Perennials From Seed

The cost of perennial flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits in pots is certainly not dirt cheap….but the seeds usually are! You can find a wide variety of seeds available for starting your own nursery of baby plants. It takes longer to fill in an area, but you can save a lot of money by starting from seed.

Divide Perennials

Buy one daylily and before you know it you’ll have a clump large enough to divide. The same thing goes for rhubarb, perennial herbs, and many other plants. You might even be able to hold a plant sale each year to help fund seed purchases. Make sure you don’t propagate trademarked plants.

Strawberry plants grow new plants and save money
Strawberries will grow their own replacements.

Propagate From Cuttings & Runners

Some plants are so easy to propagate that the real job is keeping them under control.

Strawberry plants send out runners that will fill up a bed in a couple of years. Raspberries and other briars will bend over and start a new plant wherever they touch the ground.

Other plants take a little more effort and will require taking cuttings at the proper time of year, dipping in rooting hormone, planting in well-drained soil, and covering to hold in moisture.

With a bit of know-how, you can turn one plant into many plants. So you don’t have to purchase 100 strawberry plants if you are patient. You can order 10 and then propagate your own!

Swap Plants & Seeds

Neighbors, friends, and family are great sources for new plants. Just tell them how pretty that ground cover is, or how much you’d like to have your own horseradish, and the next thing you know they will have a shovel and bucket out to dig some up for you.

If you don’t have anyone around with plants to offer, check with a local garden club or start taking walks around your neighborhood and get to know people who are plant fanatics.

starting seedlings to save money
Start your own seedlings

Start Your Own Seedlings

Buying started pepper plants can run several dollars for one plant. The same cash can buy an entire packet of seeds!

Start your own seedlings in a sunny window or under a shop light in the late winter or early spring. Not only will you save money, but you’ll have many more choices in the varieties you can grow.

Here are complete instructions on starting seedlings indoors for your vegetable garden.

Make Your Own Potting Soil

Remember that compost pile? Aged compost makes amazing potting soil for starting your own seedlings, potting up annuals for your deck, or replanting a houseplant. Mulched and rotted leaves from raking your lawn in the fall are another great potting soil substitute. If you have room for a worm bin, their castings are great for mixing into your potting mix for a boost of nitrogen.

Build Your Own Cold Frame, High Tunnel, or Greenhouse

You’d love to extend the garden season and have some cool-season salad greens into the winter, but the expense of a cold frame, tunnel, or greenhouse is not in the budget.

The good news is that you can create your own, often with salvaged or repurposed materials. If you are having windows replaced, save the old ones for your project.

Check Craigslist or freecycle for materials. Use clear heavy plastic over a cattle panel for a high tunnel. There are a ton of DIY sites online that will show you just how to build your new project.

Here is a cheap idea for a cold fame made with straw bales and old windows.

Look for pots and other goodies on free sites

Check Craigslist & Freecycle For Garden Goodies

Did I just mention Craigslist and Freecycle? These are great sources for old pots, woodchips, straw bales, pallets, tools, cardboard, fencing materials, and old sheds…the list depends on where you live and what people want to get rid of. Sometimes you’ll need to shell out some dough, so make sure it is money well spent.

If you are near a well-to-do community, there may be some pretty sweet finds. Just be really careful not to put yourself in danger. Take someone with you, meet in a public place, and if the ad sounds too good to be true…be suspicious.

Cardboard keeps the weeds from taking over your paths and it looks super attractive in your garden!

Use Cardboard To Create New Garden Beds

You want to plant a new garden bed, but removing the sod and renting a rototiller sounds like so much work and expense.

Here’s the easy way to start a new garden bed or walking path. Mark the outline with some flour (cheap white flour works great) if you want to work on the layout, then place 2 or 3 layers of cardboard on the ground, then top with soil or mulch.

If you want to plant right away, you will need a good deep layer of topsoil. Plan ahead in fall for the following spring and you can top the cardboard with straw, mulch, or grass clippings. Let it rot down and turn the soil in spring and you’ll have a nice garden bed!

For a walking path, top the cardboard with your pavers or wood chips, whatever you plan to make your path out of. Just make sure there is something weighing the cardboard down or it may fly away in the wind.

fruit trees provide shade and food...more for your money
Plant a permaculture garden or food forest

Start A Permaculture Garden

A permaculture garden consists of trees, shrubs, and perennial plants that produce food for your family (and maybe even some livestock). This is a permanent planting of fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and grapevines, and perennial food plants such as asparagus and rhubarb. You plant once and harvest for a lifetime!

Although it takes some time to establish a permaculture garden, you don’t need to purchase plants each year to produce your food…unless you wish to add some annuals to the mix. And remember, you can save seeds to reduce that cost too!

wildflowers and native plants
Wildflowers are adaptable.

Grow Native Plants

Native trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses have evolved to do well under your local growing conditions. They don’t need the care that exotics require. Natives are great for providing habitat for pollinators, birds, and mammals…in addition, they don’t need pesticides and fertilizers.

They are great for your decorative landscaping and some will also provide food. Serviceberry, sugar maple, wild blueberries, and rugosa roses are examples of native plants that provide edibles for your table.

Ditch The Pesticides

Not only are conventional herbicides and insecticides expensive, they really aren’t good for your health. Sure, there is a need for them on occasion, but most of the time we can skip the storebought stuff and either handpick the pests or use a homemade alternative.

Try making your own inexpensive garden products at home with my easy-to-print ebook, Recipes for Your Garden. Read more about making pest traps and lures from ingredients you might have on hand around the house. You can even print some free recipes while you’re there!

Use Natural Pest Control Methods

Many insects, fungi, and other plant diseases can be treated with a homemade, all-natural remedy. 1 quart of water, with a drop of dish soap, a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol, and a teaspoon of baking soda can be used to kill aphids and treat fungus.

Vinegar may be applied to weeds as a natural weedkiller. These homemade remedies are cheap and much better for the health of our garden and our family.

tomatoes...plant disease resistant varieties to increase harvest and save money
Plant tomatoes and other plants that are disease resistant.

Choose Disease Resistant Varieties

Nip the problem in the bud by planting varieties that are disease resistant. If you have problems with fusarium wilt in your tomato patch, use a resistant variety and rotate your crops each year.

Are Emerald Ash Borers a problem in your area? Don’t plant ash trees. Of course, sometimes new insects and diseases show up after we’ve already planted…so be on the lookout for problems and treat them before it’s too late. (Call your local Extension Office for help identifying pests.)

crab apple money on marked down plants
After the main planting season has ended, you may find good plants marked down.

Shop End of Season Sales

Now, this can be tricky. If you have a tendency to go crazy because something is on sale and buy too much of it…then ignore this tip!

On the other hand, you can pick up some great bargains after the spring or fall rush is over. Just make sure that the plant material you purchase isn’t diseased or dying and that it is a plant that will do well in your yard. Don’t buy it just because it’s on sale…it should fulfill a purpose!

Fall (or summer in the deep South) is a great time to pick up bags of mulch, decorative pots, seeds, and tools at a discount.

leaf with disease
Don’t bring home plants that are diseased.

Don’t Buy Invasive or Diseased Plants

This should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. If a plant looks diseased, it may spread something to your other plants and that could wipe out some of your hard work and investment.

Invasive plants will take over an area and can be very difficult to get rid of. Do some research before purchasing plants and avoid anything that may choke out other plants.

Repurpose Materials and Tools

Broken terra cotta pots? Break into small pieces and place in the bottom of containers to keep soil in and allow drainage from potted plants.

Use old lumber to build a cold frame, raised bed, or garden shed. An old wheelbarrow can be used as a moveable planter. Broken shovel handle? Use as a stake!

Let your imagination and thrifty nature guide you in reusing and recycling before tossing them out.

Blood sorrel
Blood sorrel is a perennial that comes up early in the spring and provides greens.

Grow Perennial Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs

Rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, oregano, thyme, perennial onions…these (and many others) may be planted once to give you harvests for years to come.

Prepare their spots thoroughly to give them a permanent place in your garden and side-dress with compost each year. You might even be able to find starts for these plants free on Craigslist!

Here are some Perennial Vegetables and Perennial Fruits that provide harvests year after year.

wheelbarrow of money on fertilizer!
All-natural fertilizer!

Make Friends With A Farmer

Now, don’t make friends with someone just to get your hands on their horse manure.!

But if you happen to have a farm nearby and you meet the nice folks who live there…they may be willing to give you composted manure from their livestock. This stuff is great for working into your garden soil once it has rotted.

Grow Vegetables Your Family Will Eat

This might sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people grow veggies and then never pick and use them. Check with your family to see what produce they like best and try growing these crops.

Love cherry tomatoes, but not a fan of beefsteaks? Grow cherry tomatoes. Make a list of your favorites and read up on how to grow them. Stick with the easiest veggies the first year and add them to your list in the future.

potted geraniums help save money on your garden
Bring your potted plants in for the winter to save them for next summer.

Bring Potted Plants Indoors for Winter

Rosemary, begonias, tropical plants, and even geraniums will overwinter well in your house with a sunny window and proper watering.

Bring them in before the weather gets cooler for the best transition. Check for insects or diseases so you don’t spread any problems to your houseplants.

Repot if necessary and give some fertilizer in the spring. You won’t need to purchase new plants for your deck next year!

Some plants produce tubers that may be dug in the fall to overwinter and plant again the next year in cold areas. Dahlias, Cannas, and gladiolas will produce many new tubers or corms each year, giving you more for your money! You might even be able to seel your extras.


Make a List And Stick To It When Purchasing Seeds

This is a tough goal to keep. With all the great-looking seed descriptions and colorful photos in your garden catalogs, would anyone blame you for adding just a few more things to your order?

Well, when seed packets put you back $3 or more per packet, it doesn’t take long to go over budget.

Look through your leftover seeds from the previous year, make a list of what you want to plant, and then decide what seeds and plants to add to your order.

Stick to the order so you don’t end up with more than you have room for, and you don’t spend more than you budgeted.

Leaf lettuce is a good plant for saving money in your garden.
Leaf lettuce can be cut and will grow another crop.

Plant ‘Cut & Come Again’ & Indeterminate Crops

Some crops will produce a second, and even a third crop when harvested correctly. Looseleaf lettuce, celery, green onions, and even cabbage will produce more food if you don’t harvest by cutting too close to the roots.

Plant these crops and harvest again to get more food for your money!

Other crops continue to produce a harvest for a long season. Snip just a few leaves from your herbs, such as basil and cilantro, and they will keep putting out more delicious leaves for you.

Plant indeterminate varieties of tomatoes if you’d like a few every day for your salads and sandwiches. Green peppers, eggplants, pole beans, kale, collards, and many other crops will produce over a long period of time rather than one large crop.

You can eat from the garden all summer long and still have extras to preserve if you plan ahead and choose the right crops.

Onions are biennials, meaning they flower and produce seeds in their second year.

Check Germination Rates Before Purchasing New Seed

You’ve had that packet of lettuce seeds for several years, but your favorite seed company has a great sale on lettuce. What to do? Test the germination rate of your leftover packets to see if they will sprout and produce food for you this year.

Place 10 seeds on a moist (not soaking wet) paper towel, fold the towel over and place it in a plastic zip baggie. Zip shut and put in a warm place to induce sprouting.

Check every day and moisten the towel if needed. If the seeds don’t sprout in the expected time (check the packet for time to germination), you’ll want to buy another packet. When 5 out of 10 seeds sprout, you have a 50% germination rate and it’s time to use up those seeds.

Instead of just buying the seeds and worrying about it later, you’ll know whether the seeds you have will provide food for you and that saves you some money in the long run.

Squash blossoms are edible.
Use plants for multiple purposes. You can eat the squash blossoms and the squash!

Plant Multi-Purpose Crops Or Plants

Some crops do double duty. For example, beets produce several little plants from one seed cluster, which means they need to be thinned out or they’ll be too crowded. Use the baby greens in your salad or cook up some beet greens. Then havest the rest of the beets for their roots, and eat the greens. Do the same thing with turnips and rutabagas.

Squash and pumpkins have edible flowers that taste great stuffed with cheese and fried.

Many herbs have medicinal purposes for common ailments. Oregano is a tasty addition to your pasta, but it is also a natural antibacterial.

Calendula is a beautiful flower that may be dried and used for treating skin problems.

Many flowers are edible and also provide nectar for pollinators and other beneficial insects.

Do a little research to see how many ways you can use each plant in your garden.

Daffodils spread and naturalize.
Use plants that spread and naturalize areas to give more bang for your buck.

Use Plants that Naturalize

If you have a large area that you’d like to plant with a natural look, use plants that multiply and fill in over the years. Daffodils, species tulips, and crocus are spring-flowering bulbs that will spread and create a wonderful display. Native grasses, coneflowers, and other prairie plants will reseed and naturalize an area.

Many common flowers self-sow each year and provide an attractive display without becoming invasive. California poppies, cosmos, and cleome are some readily available self-seeding flowers that lend themselves well to a cottage garden bed or border. You only have to purchase their seeds once!

Ask friends to help with big garden projects.
Ask friends to help with big garden projects.

Have a Garden Party to Get Big Jobs Done

Perhaps you have a large project that just isn’t something you can get done on your own. Maybe the deck needs to be stained or you want to build an arbor.

Ask your friends and family to help out and provide a picnic meal and all the beverages they want for the day. Turn it into a fun event, but make sure you have the materials you need and at least one person with the know-how to act as a foreman for the day.

It will be cheaper than hiring a company to do the work, and you’ll have fun working on a project with your tribe.

Maintain your garden tools.
Maintain your garden tools.

Purchase Quality Tools and Maintain Them

Don’t buy the cheapest shovel, rake, or cultivator you can find at the discount store…unless you can tell that it is well-made and will last.

Usually spending more on your tools is better in the long run because they will last and take more abuse than the cheap ones.

Clean them after each use and use vegetable oil to wipe them down and prevent rust. Store them in a dry place and never leave them laying outside.

Check The Second-Hand Store For Tools And Materials

Before you shovel over a fortune for those quality tools, check around at garage sales and second-hand stores to see if you can find gently used, quality tools and materials.

You might luck out and find garden gloves, a rake, tomato cages and other things that someone bought and didn’t use, or doesn’t need anymore.

Don’t be Afraid to Scavenge

You don’t want to look like the crazy garbage guy who goes through dumpsters looking for the good stuff, right?

Well, maybe dumpster diving isn’t your thing. However, you can sometimes find good stuff by driving around on garbage morning real slow to see if anyone has old pots, outdoor furniture, or other goodies on the curb.

Sometimes you hit the jackpot after someone moves or cleans out their garage!

Save money on your garden by selling extra plants.
Sell your extra plants to help fund your garden projects.

Sell Your Extras

Maybe being thrifty isn’t stretching your garden budget as far as you’d like. How about selling your extra produce, plants, seeds, or crafts made from your garden? I mentioned a few things in this post that might sell in your area.

If you have grapevines, make wreaths.

An abundance of oregano may be divided, potted up in repurposed, trendy pots, and added to your garage sale offerings.

Save flower seeds and make seed bombs to sell or give as gifts.

With a bit of imagination and some crafty eco-friendly packaging…you might be surprised at how well they sell!

Be Creative & Save Money on Your Garden!

There are bound to be other ways to save on your garden expenses this year. What did we miss? Tell us how you save money and grow a great garden…we’d love to know!

Leave a comment and share your ideas!

2 Comments on “50 Tips to Save Money on Your Garden

  1. Great ideas! Recently I connected with my town’s garden club via Facebook and it’s already paying off! I picked up about 7-8 orange day lilies to fill in a spot in my side yard for free! And received advice on how to tackle a shady spot on the other side of my house. (seen via Farm Fresh tuesdays – Congrats on the feature!

    1. That’s wonderful, Jennifer! It’s great to have people to ask questions and bounce ideas off of. And nice score on the daylilies! I have a ton of daylilies and we’ve been eating the shoots for our greens. If anyone tries this, make sure you are foraging for daylilies (hemerocallis) not Asiatic lilies.

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