GAR­DEN­ING ON A BUD­GET

It’s not im­pos­si­ble to garden on the cheap - here’s some easy tips

Style Magazine - - Home And Garden -

Beau­ti­ful spring has ar­rived and it’s time to make your garden a cen­tral hub, if you haven’t al­ready. That’s right — an alive, green hub. So if your plants are look­ing a lit­tle drab or po­ten­tially even life­less af­ter a par­tic­u­larly cool winter, it’s time to whip your garden back into shape and give it the vigour it de­serves.

How­ever, there are some ex­penses that come with gar­den­ing — you mightn’t think it, but things like gar­den­ing tools, fer­tiliser, var­i­ous plants and the like all add up.

So, here are a few tricky tips to save you some dol­lars when mak­ing your garden glo­ri­ous this spring.

GROW FROM SEEDS

A large pack of seeds is a lot cheaper than go­ing and buy­ing seedlings.

Sow­ing seeds di­rectly into a garden bed takes no more time in the long run than plant­ing seedlings.

TAKE CUT­TINGS

Most peren­ni­als, shrubs, vines and many trees can be grown from cut­tings.

If a friend, fam­ily mem­ber or neigh­bour has a plant that you’re af­ter, try and rally up a cut­ting, pot it up and af­ter a few weeks or months, you should see roots and leaves grow­ing.

RE­PUR­POSE AND UPCYCLE

Plants are quite costly on there own, but once you in­volve planter boxes, pavers and the like, it can es­ca­late quickly. So why not jump on board with the cur­rent trend of upcycling? Wooden pal­lets and fallen logs are great planter boxes, old lad­ders can serve as trel­lises — the op­tions are end­less. Get on­line and do your re­search, and you might be sur­prised by the amount of things you have ly­ing around the house that could be put to use in your garden.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.