I love plants - but I don't always have great success with my ventures. So when I spent $130 at Home Depot last year to get nothing but a barren wasteland of tears - I was NOT pleased. But rather than give up my love for growing things - I decided to find a cheaper way to, well, cultivate my greenthumb.
Tip #1: Don't waste money on ceramic pots
I never by ceramic pots. Instead, I use glasses I find for 50 cents at the thrift store, re-purpose glass condiment jars and/or or save chipped (not cracked) glassware I have lying around the apartment. I really like the look and feel mis-matched glassware gives, too! Don't you? Cheap and cute is a win/win in my book!
How much you will save? Normal ceramic pots can cost anywhere from $3 to $30.00 just for the dang holder?! Forget that - cheap glass or bust!
Tip #2: Ditch the expensive "Starter Soil" and start seedlings in eggshells
While I originally got this idea from the ITEM OF THE DAY on Hello Giggles - this works REALLY well for plants just getting started. In fact, some schmancy garden blogs even recommend this because of the nutrients the seedling can seep from the shell!
How do I know this works? Because the ONLY two plants that survived last year's Great Garden Disaster were the two I started in eggshells: Thyme and Snap Dragons and just look how they've grown!
How much will you save? Starter Soil can be $12 - $20 dollars and good 'ol dirt from the nearest legal place is FREE! So opt for Mother Nature's starter and skip the marketing ploy.
Tip #3: Use your utensils instead of tools
Another things Garden Geeks can get you hung up on are "tools." But from my point of view - a spoon is concave with a point, so that's my shovel. And as for the garden hoe - a fork does the trick wonderfully!
How much will you save? A mini garden tool set is $15 - $26! Leave those for the suckers - you're much smarter than that!
ImpulseSave The Difference!
While it might seem small, ImpulseSaving the $39 you save on this project coule mean $2,028 towards goals you REALLY care about! Tahiti here I come :)
Do you have any tips or tricks for how to save on your garden? Any fun gardening stories to share?!