Spring and summer are not too far away, even though they may seem like it now. Mother Nature will eventually cut us a break and things will start greening up and warming up. Here are four ways to save on Gardening Supplies for when the outdoors do become hospitable again.
1.Grow everything from seed that you can. Plants for your vegetable garden and herb garden are ideally suited for this. Also, in many areas a variety of flowers will grow well from seed. Pay careful attention to the planting schedule for your area on the back of the seed packet, as well as, information about any areas that are unsuitable for growing these particular plants.
2.Speaking of unsuitable, only buy plants from home improvement store, nurseries, or retail outlets that are listed to work in your growing zone/plant hardiness zone.
Many retailers will routinely sell live plants as part of their selections that are not suited for growth in particular areas and may survive in those gardens only very temporarily? Why is this? Because people love the showy plants, bushes, and trees that can only overwinter in tropical locals. If you enjoy citrus fruit, who doesn’t love the idea of a lemon tree in their backyard?
Find your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone by zip code.
3.When purchasing bushes and trees, buy from the smaller sizes available rather than the fully grown versions. You will save money just by letting the plants grow in your yard rather than in precious greenhouse or field space in a plant nursery somewhere.
4.Good deals on gardening supplies like gloves, kneeling pads, and watering cans can be found at discount outlets. I have a pair of canvas gloves that I found at Big Lots for $4 that have lasted me several years already. I have seen bargains to be had at retailers such as Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Tuesday Morning, and Ross Dress for Less™. One area that I recommend that you pay a little bit more for brand name is for your gardening tools such as pruners and shears. Based on personal experience, Fiskars make some fantastic gardening tools at reasonable prices (And I am in no way being compensated for this opinion. Just pure observation from my own use.).
For more tips on how to save on the outdoors, take a look at Repurposing, The Way to Inexpensive, Attractive Yard Art.