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Budget Friendly Gardening Tips

Jennifer Howard | Cottage on Bunker Hill

Gardening is a great way to get fresh air, exercise, and enjoy the beauty of nature. But it can also be an expensive hobby. If you're on a budget, don't worry! There are plenty of ways to garden without breaking the bank.

Start Small

 Don't try to do too much at once. Start with a small garden and gradually add plants and features as you can afford them.

 Growing your own seeds is a great way to save money on plants. You can find seeds at most garden centers, or you can order them online.



Making your own compost is a great way to make your own nutrient-rich soil without spending money on store-bought bags of compost.


Buy Used Supplies

 Keep your eye out for yard sales, flea markets, Facebook markeplace, and online swap sites for garden tools & supplies.



Mulch is an excellent way to keep your garden healthy and looking great while also saving you money on your water bill because it helps retain moisture in the ground.

Choose perennials rather than annuals because they come back year after once and enjoy!


Make it instead of buying it!! I try and DIY all of my garden structures and towers. This is one of my favorites (the base is a cheap tomato cage)

Shop your local farm stands and farmer's markets to buy plants! Not only are you helping out a neighbor but the plants are usually more affordable than the garden center