Beginner's Guide to Gardening on a Budget

Enjoy the benefits of home gardening for a minimal or no cost at all.

Updated on August 01, 2017 9:08 am

Luisa Wong

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Gardening in your backyard, patio, or balcony can be both fun and budget-friendly. All you have to do is add a dash of creativity, resourcefulness, and patience to fill a boring space with plants and flowers.

Here are some tips to help you create a lush garden in your very own home. They work for small spaces, too!

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1. Look for free stuff. When it comes to gardening, there are a number of ways to get some essentials for free. Try to ask some friends who may be able to give you old gardening tools or even free compost. Did you know that aside from getting your caffeine fix from Starbucks, you can also pick up a free bag of used coffee grounds for your garden? You can also check Craigslist Singapore from time to time to see if there are gardening tools up for grabs.

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2. Check your neighbourhood. Gardening is way more fun when you live in a community where people love to do it, too. Instead of going straight to the nursery to buy seedlings or plants, check with your neighbours if they have cuttings you can get. Some plants, such as such as gardenia and lavender, are grown from cuttings. This allows you to save more and allot your gardening budget somewhere else.

3. Grow edible herbs. "Growing your own food is rewarding. All it takes is time, patience, soil, water, and sunshine!" says Katherine Hengel in Cool Basil from Garden to Table. Harvest fresh food from your own garden by planting any of these 12 edible herb suggestions.

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4. DIY your way to a beautiful garden. Designing your garden is cheaper and enriching! It just requires a bit of planning and patience from your end but it’s surely worth it at the end. Research on the plants you want to have in your garden, read gardening books, or check out online videos. Visit this link for a compilation of tutorial videos to get you started.

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5. Maximise your wall. Budget is not the only limitation for a gardener—space is also a challenge. For small spaces, a vertical garden is recommended. All you need is a blank wall, some used woods, and improvised pots to turn a boring space into one that’s full of life. This makes for a great indoor garden, allowing you to save on landscaping costs too. Learn more about the reasons why you should grow a vertical garden here.

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6. Recycle and repurpose. Most of what you will save in gardening will come from recycled materials. Spot household materials you can turn into pots and paint them. Egg cartons will make for seed trays or if you have an extra space, try adding toadstools made out of wooden salad bowls or turn an old tire into garden ponds or planters.

7. Simplify your plant selection. Gardening on a shoestring budget may also mean keeping your plant selection simple. This will make it easier for you to maintain your garden. Invest on plants that are practically indestructible but still add hues to your place. Check out which ones to plant indoors and outdoors here.

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8. Compost. We can’t stress enough the value of composting not only for you, but forthe environment as well. Just by layering organic materials like dry leaves and vegetable scraps with soil and waiting for it to decompose, you'll be able to save on fertilizer costs. Here’s how you can create your own compost bin.


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