7 Ways to Plant a Garden on a Budget
Of course, there are more than 7 ways to plant a garden on a budget, but in some cases you have to get creative on your own so they can’t all be listed here. Planting a garden when you’re on a budget seems tough, but there are tons of ways to save money! You might be surprised to learn some of the ways you can save money when you are working on a garden. Just consider your garden the ultimate creative recycling project and you will be fine!
Use SNAP benefits.
If you are on SNAP, you probably have a very tight budget. Did you know you can use SNAP benefits to plant your garden? SNAP pays for any plant, seed, bush, or tree that provides food. Just remember that even if a flower is edible, the SNAP program may not pay for it. However, if the plant grows a fruit or vegetable, SNAP will generally pay.
Make due with products around the home.
Recycle what you already have and make a compost bin, planters, and so forth. Toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, and even old wire hangers can be useful in the garden.
Visit clearance sales.
Be sure to visit the garden section areas in the store for clearance sales. Even if the item on clearance isn’t something you will use this year because the season for it is over, it’s one less thing you have to buy next year.
Look to Craigslist.
For every person starting out in gardening, there is another one getting out of it. You can find cheap and sometimes even free gardening supplies as people clean out the shed.
Everyone has something of value. You might have land to garden with, but not have a tiller. Offer to share your garden in exchange for getting it tilled. You can trade things like this in many ways.
Find new uses for affordable supplies.
Look over all clearance items with a creative eye. Buy things that can be used in the garden even if that’s not what they were intended for. For example, cheap clearance clothes can help make a great scarecrow.
Join a seed co-op.
You can exchange seeds with your neighbor or exchange them with someone in another state using online co-ops. This way you can use your seeds that you aren’t going to plant as a form of currency and get some variety in the garden.
From recycled kitchen chairs to using old screens to dry your seeds, you have a wealth of materials in your own house. You can easily start a garden on a budget and expand it every year. You don’t have to invest in fancy supplies or decorations. Just get creative and let your garden provide its own decoration.
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