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Gardening on a Budget

Gardening is a great hobby that can provide you with beautiful flowers, fruits, and vegetables. It can also be expensive if you’re not careful. Here are some tips on gardening on a budget.

Start Small

One of the mistakes people make when they start gardening is thinking they need to have a huge garden. This is not the case. You can start small and gradually expand your garden as your budget allows. A small garden is easier to care for and will cost less in terms of seeds, soil, and plants.

Get Free Seeds and Plants

There are many ways to get free seeds and plants for your garden. One way is to find a friend or neighbor who has a garden and ask if they have any extra seeds or plants that they would be willing to give you.

Another way is to look for seed swaps in your community. These are often organized by local gardening clubs or groups.

Finally, you can check online classifieds websites or social media groups for people giving away gardening items.

Make Your Own Compost

Composting is an excellent way to fertilize your garden without having to spend money on commercial fertilizers. You can make your own compost at home using kitchen scraps and yard waste. If you don’t have the space to make your own compost, you can often find it for free or very cheap at farmers markets, community gardens, or from neighbors who compost.

Colorful food and yard scraps in a residential compost bin.
Homemade compostĀ 


With a little bit of effort, you can save money on your gardening hobby and still have a beautiful garden. By starting small, getting free seeds and plants, and making your own compost, you’ll be well on your way to success.