How to be a Mindful Gardener- Gardening on a Budget

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Although we all strive to have that blooming, colourful, jam-packed garden as soon as we pick up a spade and fork, unfortunately it doesn’t always come that easy. As all gardeners know, it takes a lot of passion, hard work and patience to grow a beautiful garden – it doesn’t happen overnight!

But, how do we begin? And how much of an impact will it have on my bank balance?

The answers are simple, right away! And with the tips from this post, you shouldn’t be left with dusty pockets either.

Grow From Seeds

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Growing from seeds is the first rule of saving money in the gardening world. Not only is it cheaper than buying your plants, it also allows beginners to experience the full growing process from the first sight of green all the way through to the final bloom, allowing them to understand the time and patience needed to garden successfully.

It’s easy to find cheap packets of seeds all over the place too! Whether it’s your local florist, local supermarket or online shops like eBay, you’ll be sure to find the seeds you’re looking for at an extremely affordable price.

Plan

Preparation is one of the most important aspects of gardening on a budget. Without an extremely detailed and structured plan, things could get very expensive very quickly. How do you prepare? That’s easy, drawings and lists.

Ensure you have a better-than-rough idea of how you want your garden to look like and map it out. Once you have a visualisation of your garden on paper, you’ll have a better chance of sticking to it. Also, having this visual image will subtly motivate you to achieve that goal.

After creating the final drawings of your garden, make a list of the absolute essentials that you need to get your garden started. This involves: tools, containers, the certain flowers you want in your garden and a few other items. It’s imperative to only list the items your garden needs as this will help to keep things as affordable as possible. There’s no point in buying plants you could ‘possibly’ use or investing in tools you ‘might’ need in the future. Only list the must-haves.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

In these modern times, going green is becoming more and more popular. The rise in popularity has given us the opportunity to dig deep into our imaginations and create fun and innovative ways to help the planet. This is perfect for gardeners.

You can transform almost any bit of junk into something useful if you put your mind to it.

• Old fencing panels? They’ll be a compost bin in no time.
• Plastic food containers? The new home for your young seeds.
• Old pots? Sounds like a brand new garden ornament to me.
• Scrap metal poles? A recipe for a trellis!

The possibilities are endless; all you’ve got to do is use your imagination!

Make Your Own Compost

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Depending on how much time you have, making your own compost could be another effective way to reduce costs in the early stages of your gardening career.

There’s a reason why we call it ‘black gold’ and it’s because composting has next-to-no drawbacks! It is cheap, easy and provides nothing but benefits to your garden.

All you need to get going is a compost bin and organic waste to put inside it. Everything else is dependent on time. As long as you can commit to throwing your organic waste into your compost bin, you can then use that waste as one of the best fertilisers for your garden!

The only thing you need to pay for is your compost bin, but that’s if you want one. You could just create a composting pile in your garden or create your own bin from various pieces of scrap wood and metal.

Guest post by Kevin Hilton

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