Gardening can be an extremely adventurous and industrious way to use your spare time and as well as put any spare land around your home to productive use. It is a hobby that makes you remain active while at the same time polishing your creativity in designing attractive gardens. It is possible that you can turn your garden into an attractive and special place without stretching your budget. The following are five ways that you can use to set up your garden without draining your bank account.
Grow from seeds and take cuttings
Instead of buying seedlings from a nursery bed, you can also get the seeds yourself. This is a cheaper way to grow your plants as opposed to buying grown ones. Seeds are also available in supermarkets at cheaper rates. You can also source from online retailers like eBay or Amazon.
Apart from buying seeds, you can also grow your plants from cuttings of an already grown plant. These can easily be acquired from a neighbor or a friend. Plants grown from tree cuttings tend to grow much faster and inherit some of the good traits from the parent plant. These traits may range from producing good flowers, good fruits and fighting diseases among others.
Make your own compost
Instead of spending money on chemical fertilizers, you can make your own compost manure using natural, readily available and cheap materials. Additionally, composting offers you a chance to turn kitchen wastes into profitable food for plants. As opposed to chemical fertilizers, compost manure has fewer effects on the soil and plants besides having high levels of nutrients.
To make compost, you need to start collecting and piling degradable items. Compost may not have an immediate effect on the soil. But its impact becomes noticeable in the long run. It helps in improving the structure of the soil as well as adding nutrients. By using compost, you will need less water for your garden as the soil has high moisture retention capacity. Additionally, compost helps you in protecting your valuable plants from diseases.
Be fruitful and multiply
Some plants produce more yields hence offering much higher cost benefits compared to others. For instance, you can buy a tomato plant for $1.50 and harvest over 10 pounds of tomatoes. Zucchini is another plant that can allow you to save big. Homegrown greens enable you to save more money as well as provide an additional layer of nutrients to your diet. Greens from your garden may be more nutritious compared to those from the supermarket due to the long period the take from harvesting to shipping, packaging, and repackaging before they are ready for sale. To maximize on output from your garden and cover up any costs, go for plants that produce several units.
Devise your own pest sprays
Herbs naturally deter pests. So planting some herbs in your garden enables you to save big. For persistent problems, however, you don’t need to cash in for harmful, chemical sprays. By mixing hot, soapy water with smashed garlic or and hot pepper, you can make your own homemade and equally effective spray. Other cheaper means to keep away pests keeping some water in bowls in the garden so as to attract insect-eating birds, plating nectar and pollen plants like alyssum and nasturtium so as to attract the good bugs which eat the bad bugs, make sure you plant the vegetables in places the right amount of sunlight and moisture. This makes them more healthy and strong to resist pests.
Use And Reuse
Organic home gardening entails adding more resources as opposed to consuming them. Compost is the best example to illustrate resource recycling and mobilization. Compost is the backbone of any organic garden. Compost helps you to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into useful mulch, soil conditioner, fertilizer and potting mix ingredient. When you look around your home, you will find that you are surrounded by many things that may have finished their original purpose but can be used in your garden. From old buckets to forks, serving spoons plus other flatware at least a majority things that have been rendered elsewhere, find new jobs in your garden.
By using you own creative means, you can design your garden in a more beautiful and cost effective way as opposed to buying most of the items needed or hiring other people to work on your garden. You are able to put your creativity and imagination to profitable work.