If you are ready to start or expand your garden but don’t have a budget to buy plants or decor, you have so many options that don’t cost money. With a little creativity and a bit of work, you can grow your garden for free. One of the joys of gardening is that there is not just one way to enjoy this amazing hobby. Let my ideas and tips inspire you to think outside the box and start growing your gardens!
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Free Ways to Grow Your Garden
Use what you have
In my opinion, one of the biggest mistakes people have when they start planning their gardens is they feel like they have to go buy all the new shiny things. But if you take time to look around your house, garage or backyard, you probably have things you can repurpose to create an amazing garden spot.
- Do you have access to a creek where you can pick up rocks to use garden edgers?
- Are there ferns growing in the woods that you can repot to decorate your back porch?
Do you have canning jars that you can use for flower vases?
- Have you cleaned out your garage to find extra pots or knick-knacks that you can tuck in your new flower beds?
Decorating your gardens with things you already have is a perfect way to save money and create something unique and beautiful.
Ask Friends & Family to Contribute
If you have friends or family members with flower gardens or decorative beds, then ask them to share some starts or seeds. I have an uncle that will even ask strangers if they will share seeds or small starts from flowers when he is out walking in his neighborhood. Most people who love their gardens also love to share. So just put out the word that you are starting your gardening adventure and be amazed at how much you will get for free.
When you are new to gardening it is easy to become over-ambitious. But if you are patient and start small, then you will be more apt to succeed and set yourself up for a lifetime of gardening enjoyment. Try one small flower bed or a few containers on the porch. If you are starting a new vegetable garden, then choose a small sunny space with a few of your favorites. You can always expand each season and try new varieties.
Join a Facebook Group
If you are on Facebook, then do a quick search for gardening groups in your state. This will be a great resource and way. to connect with others who are on the gardening journey with you. There are also some seed-sharing groups that will let you swap seeds for the price of a stamp.
Check out your library
Many libraries are joining the gardening club and offering seeds. Just ask when you are there next and see what kind of seeds they have packaged to share.
What are your favorite ways to save money on your gardening journey? I’d love to hear!