Here, some practical tips to keep the red in your garden, not your budget
Before you’re tempted by the latest store flyers and garden shows, sort through your garden tools and equipment. Make a list of what items you already own, what you need and what needs repair or replacing. This way, you can avoid buying duplicates of items you have, and you can get rid of what you don’t need.
Create a plan
Create a garden plan. One of the top 10 gardening mistakes is overspending on plants because you don’t know what works where, and you don’t know how you want your garden to look. You might buy plants that aren’t suited to certain conditions, or purchase more than you need and suffer overcrowding.
Also, keep track of your progress throughout the summer to help you save next year. Use a chart to help you note which perennials come up and when, and get out your digital camera to snap some shots.
Often, the bigger the package, the better the unit price — and gardening supplies are no different. If you can’t use it all, split the cost and the goods with a friend or neighbour but still enjoy the bulk price.
Another growing trend: timesharing your tools. Chip in with your neighbours to buy items you don’t need often, like an aerator or lawnmower, and take turns storing and using the items. (If you’re borrowing instead, a token of appreciation is always welcome.)
Do you have cuttings, perennials or seedlings to share? Check your local events listings; many communities and gardening groups have plant swaps each year. Alternatively, you can organize your own swap with friends, family and neighbours.
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