10 Thrifty Tips Every Gardener Should Know

10 tips garden1. Always read the plant or seed label

When choosing a plant or seed, read the label to determine if this is the best plant for your garden. The label can tell you if the plant needs full sun or partial shade. It can also give you planting instructions, to ensure the health of your plant.

2. Don’t buy plants that are flowering

Flowers always look beautiful on the plant. This may tempt you to buy plants that are already flowering. However, a flowering plant does not always transplant well. It’s better to buy a plant that is not flowering and allow it to grow and flourish in your garden.

3. Shop around for the best price.

You might be surprised to find that sometimes mail order nursery’s may have a better price or selection than your local nursery. If you’re looking for a rare plant or a variety of a plant that is not common in your local area, you should consider looking online. For common varieties of flowers you can look in local stores and even yard or car boot sales.

4. Grow it in a bag

Sometimes the planters are more expensive than the plants themselves. You can grow most plants in a plastic bag as long as the bag is opaque, a standard black trash bag or a supermarket bag is perfect. While not attractive, it’s a easy and inexpensive way to grow plants without a pot.

5. Try to grow indoor citrus

Most citrus fruits including oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and lime can be grown indoors from seeds. While you may not be able to get these plants to produce fruit, they are quite attractive. This is an inexpensive way to grow houseplants, since all you need is a ripe or over-ripe piece of citrus fruit.

6. Use your food waste to grow plants

Compost is the an excellent fertilizer. You can make your own compost by using vegetable and fruit scraps, grass clippings, cardboard and even old cotton and woolen clothes.

7. Kill the weeds with a little fizz

Coca-Cola is the drink of choice for many, but it is also a great week killer. Just pour some of the beverage over the cracks in the pavement where weeds will appear on a sunny day. While the outcome may be a little sticky, it will keep the weeds from appearing.

8. Get revenge on a bitter weed

Japanese knot weed can ruin a garden. However, it is also a great accompaniment to a meal. Remove the leaves on young shoots that are between 15-20cm long, and either saute, steam or simmer them. The taste is reminiscent of asparagus or rhubarb. The slightly tart taste will be sweet revenge for any gardener who has had to deal with this garden pest in the past.

9. Feed your garden coffee to keep slugs away

Sprinkle coffee around your garden if you have a problem with slugs. Coffee irritates their feet and makes them produce slime. While slugs are known for their slime, when they produce too much, they become dehydrated, in time this will kill them. But don’t waste your freshly ground coffee, you can use spent coffee. You can collect some from your local coffee shop if you’re not a coffee drinker.

10. Bargain hunt for garden materials

There are not many things that you need to buy new for your garden. Look around at yard or boot sales at the end of spring. You can also find sales in shops and supermarkets after the gardening season is over. This is also a great way to find unique pieces for your garden.