Springtime is about to make its way to us really soon. During this time, it’s normal for folks to start making small preparations for spring. Homeowners are already starting to get some sorting and cleaning done. Others have already taken down their holiday decors to make spring cleaning a lot easier when it comes. Perhaps someone in your neighborhood is already setting an SWPPP inspection for the first few days of spring. Whatever it is, people are already making plans for the season that will follow to make sure their homes are ready for it.
Now, obviously, not a lot of people have a green thumb, let alone, know how to get a garden started. We have listed a few ways that beginner gardeners can get started on their own gardens without spending too much money on it.
Curious? Check out the tips below.
5 Inexpensive Ways Beginners Can Start a Garden
One of the things every beginner needs to understand is this: gardening is not an easy thing to do.
This is not meant to discourage you and scare you off. This is just to help you manage your expectations so you do not get easily frustrated if things aren’t going the way you thought they would.
This is why it is important for you to find out certain things that can help you get started without casting too much doubt over your knowledge — or lack of it — in gardening.
Tip #1: Learn the basics of gardening.
One of the most basic things everyone knows when getting into a new hobby or interest is that basic knowledge about it can help you avoid costly and expensive mistakes. It’s pretty much the same with gardening.
You need to know what the basics are. You can buy books about it, talk to more experienced gardeners, and go online and tap into the worldwide web’s vast knowledge. However, you choose to go about it, get as much information you need to get started.
Tip #2: Take things slow.
The second most helpful tip we can give to beginner and aspiring gardeners and landscapers is to not rush the process and instead, take things slow. We understand that excitement can generate impulsive buying but you should learn to control and temper your impulses. Doing this will save you a lot of money in the long run instead of buying everything you think you need to speed up your garden’s progress.
Plan well for it. Purchase wisely. And lastly, be patient. Your self-control will be rewarded.
Tip #3: Grow your own plants.
Since we’ve already touched on the subject, we’d like to talk about it a bit more. If your goal is to start a garden inexpensively, then you will need to be patient about it, including having to grow and cultivate your own plants and not buying them from nurseries and plant shops.
You can build your own raised beds using alternative materials for construction. You can also use recyclable materials, such as plastic bottles and boxes, and old furniture as plant boxes and tools storage. You can pick up a new skill by learning how to make your own compost and plant feed. There are tons of ways that you can get started without spending a lot.
Being able to grow your own plants from seed to full-growth is a rewarding experience that, we believe, every gardener should experience. More than just saving money from it, the satisfaction and joy of seeing how you were able to raise such amazing living things is something that money cannot buy.
Tip #4: Look for bargains and deals when buying plants.
Now let’s say you choose to buy plants, there’s nothing really wrong with that. It might take a significant chunk off of your budget but if you learn to look for the best deals and bargains in your area or online, you will still get enough savings from those deals.
The key is, once again, patience. You will need to clock in hours looking for the best possible prices on plants, seedlings, equipment, tools, supplies, and other gardening-related materials.
Tip #5: Get the right tools and equipment.
Lastly, every gardener will need the right tools and equipment to get started. You need to identify which tools you actually need, not just the ones you think you need. You can try borrowing as you start so you know which ones you’re most likely to use often. Once you’ve already narrowed your list down to your basics, you can start acquiring them a few at a time.
Again, don’t rush it nor be impulsive about it. The best gardeners are resourceful and know how to use what they have on hand to get the job done.
Gardening can be really tough, especially if you don’t know anything about it at all. However, that shouldn’t stop you from getting started. With the right knowledge, know-how, and guidance from more experienced people, you’ll have your dream garden blooming outstandingly sooner than you think.