Gardening can be a great way to save money, get some healthy exercise, spend enjoyable time with your family, and produce healthy delicious food. However, sometimes it can seem like growing your own fruits and vegetables can cost more in overall expenses than what you would pay for the same produce at the grocery store. Although there's certainly something to be said for knowing that your food was grown without any unhealthy pesticides or fertilizers, reducing your gardening expenses is always helpful. If you'd like to trim some expenses from this year's gardening efforts, here are some ideas that can help.
Grow Plants from Seeds
Although you might not want to go to the trouble of starting all your plants from seeds, you can definitely save money by growing at least some of your own plants. It seems as though every year the price of nursery plants goes up, while the number of seedlings in the packages goes down. Plus, if you want some of the more specialized varieties, you'll probably pay even higher prices. For the cost of a single package of plants, you can usually buy an entire packet of seeds. Shopping for your seeds online will help you save even more money. Plus, you'll be able to choose from a wider selection of plant varieties. If you've never tried growing your own garden plants from seeds before, it can be a good idea to start small. For example, the first year you might want to try growing only your own tomato plants. Then, once you get a better idea as to how it's done, you can expand your plant growing efforts the following year. Start by choosing a particular variety that you'd like to grow, but never seem to be able to find in your local garden center. There are plenty of online sources that will help you learn how to plant, germinate and grow your garden plants. Minimally, you'll need a good source of light. Although you could certainly buy specially designed plant "grow lights," in most cases standard fluorescent tube lights work just as well.
Make Your Own Compost
If you are tired of paying high prices for pre-packaged chemical fertilizers, take the less expensive organic approach by making your own compost. Making compost really isn't as difficult as most people think it is. Not only will you be able to provide your plants with an organic source of nutrients, but you'll also avoid the need to pay for yard debris removal services.
Make Money from Your Garden
If you'd like to completely offset the expense of your home garden, consider selling some of your plants or produce. Of course, before you attempt to sell anything, you should check with your community's local regulations and zoning laws to make sure it's allowed. Once you've determined everything is okay, you can start selling some of your surplus produce. Although you might be tired of eating zucchini day after day, those who don't have gardens of their own would welcome the opportunity to buy some of your surplus. With a little luck, you'll make back all the money you spent on your garden - plus, perhaps even make a small profit!
Alyssa Davis is a staff writer and decorating specialist with Metal-Wall-Art.com and she offers stylish suggestions for decorating with patio metal wall art decor and Tuscan metal wall decor.