Here are 3 frugal gardening tips to save on your planting needs.
Summer is here! That means it’s time for swimming, barbecues, and gardening!
Planting a garden is a great way to save over the warmer months. Growing your own produce alone saves you quite a bit, but there are also frugal ways to save on your planting needs.
3 Easy Frugal Gardening Tips to Try Right Now
Here are my favorite frugal gardening tips…
1. Start your garden from seeds
Starting your plants from seeds saves you quite a bit since established plants are usually around $3 each. Even though we’re almost at the end of June, there is still time in many places to directly sow seeds outdoors for produce like tomatoes, lettuces, melons, peppers, potatoes, and more!
As a huge bonus, planting seeds is a wonderful learning experience for kids. My kids love to see the whole process from seed to vegetable to dinner table.
2. Perennials will save you both time and money
When we first moved into our home we added a pretty big flower bed to our front walkway. I knew I wanted to plant perennials as a way to save both time and money, since I wouldn’t have to purchase and plant each year, but buying a large amount of mature perennials at once can be quite costly.
So I decided to exercise some patience and slowly fill in our bed.
I read that planting perennials from roots (which is how most of them are purchased through these catalogs) actually gives you healthier and hardier plants since they become accustomed to your soil as they grow. I have to admit that I wasn’t sure I believed that at first when my plants were pretty scrawny the first year or so, but now they are definitely growing great and I can totally tell the ones that I started from roots.
And there’s another great thing about perennials…once you have mature, established plants you can divide them into new plantings! I love doing this with my Black Eyed Susans and especially my Daylilies.
3. Look for clearance plants
Another great way to save is to check the clearance plants at local nurseries, Lowes, Home Depot, and even Walmart.
I find so many great deals there on everything – vegetables, annuals, perennials, and shrubs. They are usually completely healthy or can easily be nursed back to health, but just aren’t looking as pretty as the others at the time. Once planted correctly, they grow perfectly and turn out just as “pretty” as their full-priced friends.
So get out and enjoy some gardening! As you can see with these frugal gardening tips you can enjoy savings on healthy food without spending very much to maintain your garden.