The South West London Gardener

How to save Money by Gardening

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Gardening can be an expensive hobby.

Forking out on materials and equipment can soon rack up the pounds spent on your outside space.

But this doesn’t have to be the case.

If you’re looking to pinch the pennies in your garden, then here are five great money-saving gardening tips from The Southwest London Gardener to keep your garden looking and feeling great on a budget.

Does Gardening Save Money?

Gardening on a budget can go further than just lowering the amount of spend, it can actually end up saving you money.

Reducing money from food bills and saving petrol-guzzling trips to the tip are just some of the ways that you can drop the amount you pay by practising some cost-efficient gardening methods.

When times are hard, it’s vital you save wherever you can, and this can all start with your garden.

Let’s take a look at how you can do this.

1. Grow your own Food

You don’t need a huge garden to start growing your own food.

Creating a vegetable patch is a great way of saving money, as instead of going to the shop to stock up your fridge, you simply have to go to the garden.

In 2020, the average UK citizen spent over £5 a week on fruit and vegetables. That adds up to over £250 a year.

So, how much money can a vegetable garden save you?

Well, if you’re looking to grow vegetables such as potatoes and carrots that can be bought for relatively cheap in the shops, you may not save huge amounts, but there are some vegetables that are expensive such as cherry tomatoes, salad leaves, and broccoli, that are cheap to grow and can provide big savings.

Next time you do a shop, take a look through your bill and if you’re noticing big spending on vegetables then why not try to save some money by growing your own?

The benefits go much further than just financial, and this method will also provide a boost in physical and mental health.

What’s not to love?

2. Recycle and Reuse

If you think about the key things that cost money in a garden, items such as plant pots and furniture are sure to make it pretty high on the list.

That’s why recycling and reusing items from inside your home that may be heading for the skip, or items in your garage that have been doing nothing but gathering dust for months and using these instead of buying something new can provide a huge boost to your bank balance.

And it’s also great fun and a great way of getting the kids involved in the garden.

If you had a takeaway last night, then you may be inundated with Tupperware boxes that could make great tiny planters for herbs.

When you come to the end of a toilet roll, instead of chucking it in the recycling bin, why not use it as a container for growing peas?

Got extra wood after using some inside your home? Why not try and build a planter or use it to create some nice edging?

It doesn’t cost a thing to use old bits from the garden and is a great way of growing an environmentally friendly and natural garden.

3. Make Your Own Materials

There are many things you use in a garden to keep it healthy and provide the best environment for growth.

Water, compost, soil, mulch, all of these are necessary in a garden, and all come at a cost.

So, how can you save money on them?

Well, firstly, living in the UK, you will know that wet weather isn’t exactly rare, so instead of using a hosepipe or watering can filled from the tap, create a water butt and use the water provided by nature.

Amazingly, if everyone in Britain used a water butt in their garden, a whopping 4 billion litres of fresh water would be saved.

That’s a huge saving and you’re sure to see a drop in your water bill if you adopt this approach.

Another way to save in your garden is to create your mulch and compost out of organic materials.

You can expect to pay around £5 a bag for these materials in a shop, so instead of spending this, collect all of the green waste from your garden, and your house, and use this instead.

Things like uneaten food, twigs, branches, leaves, and much more are all usable and can provide big benefits to your garden.

And finally, how can you save money on soil?

Well, with soil it is important to keep it healthy, so add some of the organic matter listed above when you can as well as regularly forking and turning it.

It’s also a good idea to buy a DIY soil testing kit. This can help in letting you know just what your soil needs and can save you money by pointing you in the right direction to improve the soil you have, rather than having to buy more.

4. Keep an Eye Out for Great Deals

Like everything, if you shop in the right places and at the right times, big savings can be made on your garden.

Garden centres regularly have discount sections where you can buy things such as seeds and pots for tiny prices.

It’s also a great idea to keep an eye out in second-hand shops.

Large plant pots are regularly available in these places and can be bought for pennies so this can be a great way of equipping your garden with everything you need for little cost.

Another good way of gaining gardening equipment is to join gardening groups. Whether you physically meet every now and then, chat online, or you simply keep an eye on local magazines and information, there are always gardeners ready to offer advice or tools they don’t need anymore.

And while you’re on the internet, it’s always good to check platforms such as Facebook Marketplace in which local people can offer lots of things for cheap prices.

The offers are out there so if you’re trying to save money and need some bits for your garden, don’t miss a chance to walk past a second-hand shop, and set up alerts on local marketplaces to be notified when equipment becomes available.

5. Work with What You’ve Got

You may be looking out at your garden right now thinking things have got a bit stale.

You’re not happy, and you want some change.

Well, if a big job is needed, then our team would be happy to help.

But there are some small fixes that could make a big difference.

Why not slap some paint on your walls or fence? This could add a completely different feel to your garden and make it feel a lot bigger.

Instead of building a structure to create some privacy, why not look at planting some plants that will grow quickly and provide a spot of shade and secrecy?

There are many ways you can transform your garden on a budget, whether it be changing up your colour scheme and looking for some new plants or using some of the materials you have laying around to build something new.

Every garden is a blank canvas, so take a look around and see what you want to change and take another look through this blog.

Maybe the answer to how you can change your outside space is much cheaper than you think.

The Southwest London Gardener

So, how can you save money in your garden?

Well, there are many ways as listed above.

Some jobs are big though and require some professional help.

If you’re looking for an affordable team that comes packed with great recommendations, then look no further than The Southwest London Gardener.

Get in touch today and we can talk through your job with you and provide a free, no-obligation quote.

We look forward to hearing from you.