If you’ve been putting off improving your garden because you think it will be too expensive, here’s some good news: gardening on a budget is possible!
All it takes is a little planning, patience and perseverance. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:
- Start from seed:
You can start many flowers, vegetables, herbs and other popular plants from seed. Granted it will take a little longer to get that full, mature looking flowerbed, but it also brings a great feeling of accomplishment when you look out onto a bed with healthy plants you grew from scratch!
- Plant and divide:
When you do buy plants, you get a good bang for your buck when you buy perennials that will multiply allowing you to divide them in subsequent seasons to populate other areas in your garden, or swop with friends.
- Shape and shift:
You don’t have to cover your entire landscape with plants. Creating an interesting mix of beds, ground cover, lawn and unplanted areas creates great visual interest. Unplanted areas can be covered with gravel, rock, mulch or even stepping stones, driftwood or sculptures to provide texture and drama.
- Repurpose, Recycle, Upcycle:
Use your imagination and repurpose old items sitting in your shed or garage. An old wheelbarrow can become a flowerbed. An old tire can become a fountain. Look with new eyes at the possibilities.
- Shrubs and Trees:
Using beautiful shrubs and trees can provide ‘anchors’ in the garden. Choosing just one or two to add to your garden each season needn’t break the bank, but can add colour with seasonal flowers or interesting foliage.
- Elbow grease:
Keeping things trimmed and cleaning up dead leaves, weeds and unruly branches doesn’t cost anything except some time and energy and it can make your garden look immaculate!
- Let there be light:
Adding a few solar lights, or outdoor garden lights can add that final touch of pizzazz that will make your landscape an interesting and fun place to be day and night. Just make sure that they placed or hung neatly. There’s nothing that creates an air of neglect like lights hanging haphazardly or bulbs that don’t work.