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A lot of People are interested in gardening as a regular hobby. But the Fact is you need to spend money on seeds, manure, etc. among other things to do gardening even as a hobby. Though I am not that much into gardening, I like to be a money efficient gardener whenever I do gardening.
So you might be doing gardening or planning to start gardening but if you know certain tricks, you can save some money on gardening or you can say be a money efficient gardener. So here are some tips to create a cheerful garden on a budget especially for growing veggies.
1. MAKE A PLAN AND RESEARCH
Planning and Research are crucial if you want to be a money efficient gardener. Plan out your gardening space, the number of seeds or plant you are going to plant and what types of the plant do you want. By doing this, you can prevent unnecessary expense in the garden store by not buying unnecessary things. Also, do a proper research and check if you have space for the plant you wish to grow. Applying this tip can help you saving plenty of money.
2. GROW WHAT’S EFFICIENT
All the plants are not money efficient to grow in your garden. For example, Growing tomatoes in your garden would be cheaper than buying them from the market. They don’t require much space and provide a continuous harvest. On the other hand, onions require ample space, so you won’t have a huge difference in money-saving between homegrown and one you purchase in the market.
3. GROW MORE THAN YOUR REQUIREMENT
Increase the production of the vegetable which forms an important part of your veggies purchase list instead of growing each and everything. Buying a thing from the market which is consumed rarely may not make a noticeable difference. Producing a more consumed vegetable at a lower cost than getting it from the market makes a huge difference. So plan and grow accordingly.
4. GROW ACCORDING TO CLIMATE
Grow what grows well and suits the climatic and soil conditions of your area. Generally, vegetables grow well within the natural conditions suitable for it and you also get a better harvest if you grow vegetables as per season in which they grow best. If you don’t grow according to the climatic conditions, then it costs you more money to provide for the required conditions. For example: If you grow a crop which requires very fertile soil in a soil with low fertility, then you have to spend more on fertilizers or manure.
5. MULCHING IS IMPORTANT
Those who are not new to gardening might already know about the wonders a layer of mulch can do to your the garden. Firstly, it saves water. Secondly, it prevents the growth of unwanted plants by stopping them to pop out here and there, which prevents weeding thus saving money on herbicide. Mulching adds to the soil structure and improves its fertility. Adding a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the established plants and trees insulate the roots of plants and save them from the ill-effects of bad weather.
6. GROW FOOD THAT REGROWS ITSELF
Growing from seed is remarkable but also difficult at the same time unless you are a pro in gardening. Grow food like onions, lemongrass, etc. which regrows itself even if you are a newbie to gardening and save money like a pro.
7. USE KITCHEN SCRAPS IN THE GARDEN
Sounds Strange! Check out the infographic below. For more check out our post on saving money using kitchen scraps.
You just have to use kitchen scraps from your next meal and you can save some money on your next grocery bill. Check out the infographic above to know more about growing food from kitchen scraps.
These tips will surely help you become a money efficient gardener.
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