Spending less green on your garden

Canadian-gardeners-flowersNow that the snow is melted and you may have completed your spring cleaning- it’s time to turn your attention to your outdoor space at your home.

Having a lush garden, no matter the size of your space, can not only increase your enjoyment during the season that you actually get to linger in your yard, but it can assist with curb appeal and overall aesthetics, should you considering selling your home in the future.

Putting together a garden can be expensive though. Here are some tips to help you stay on budget.

Seed money

Planting from seeds takes a little more patience, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. In this case, you can still have a lovely garden, with money left over. Seeds are a fraction of the price of grown plants.

Now, its’ not like you are going to be able to plant a seed garden and then have it bloom in a month or two. It might take a couple of years to get perennials to be in full force, but the savings are worth it. It’s more of a long term project.

Clip it

Another alternative is to plant clippings from other plants you may already have to expand your garden in a budget-friendly fashion

Size matters

If you have your heart set on a more “instant” garden, choose smaller plants. Plants are typically priced by size, so smaller plants will be a little more budget-friendly.

Usually smaller plants survive transfer from location to location as well.

Get friendly

Get your green-thumbed friends together, share seeds and plant clippings. Also band together to visit nurseries and buy in bulk, which is much cheaper

Getting your greens?

Every frugal garden should include vegetables. Get all urban farmer and live off your own land (well, the produce part of your diet anyways). Not only are home-grown veggies cheaper, planting and harvesting your vegetables are both very fun, hands-on activities for the kids.