Gardening is a great activity that could be enjoyed not only by mothers but also for the whole family. Gardening teaches the kids about the value of life in plants as well as toiling for something beautiful. Everyone could help in beautifying the garden which will not only provide a feeling of success but a beautiful and well kept garden is lovely to look.

While gardening could be enjoyable, some supplies in gardening are relatively expensive and maintaining your garden could cost you hundreds of dollars a month.

To avoid spending too much on gardening, here are some helpful tips to slowly trim your expenses:

1. Start small

Avoid purchasing plants that are ready to flower or already mature. Look for packet of seeds or small plants that still needs care. While they might require extra effort make your garden look great, you don’t have to spend too much just to have a great looking garden.

2. Learn to propagate

If you already have a good variety of plants, it’s better to collect seeds from these plants rather than purchasing them from a shop. Learn the techniques on how to extract seeds or how they are propagated. All you need is a little bit of practice to properly implement propagation.

3. Purchasing in bulk

When you’re just starting a garden, a recommended money saving practice is purchase what you need in bulk. Don’t just settle for seeds – ask the shop if you can grab discounts if you’ll purchase garden equipments.

4. Create water collection tanks

Instead of spending on water, purchase a tank that you can install in your drainpipe. You just need a tank and a good tube in order to collect as much water as possible. When it rains, it automatically collects water for your garden. It’s a small spending at first but big savings in the long run.

5. Learn how to implement drip irrigation

Drip irrigation is the practice of placing pipes in your garden that will water your plants instantly. This is a water saving practice and very effective since you just drip water on plants a few times a day instead of watering them with a hose.

6. Look out for garage sales on tools

While brand new garden tools will look great when they are used in gardens, their functions are still the same to 2nd hand tools. Look for garage sales so that you can haggle for a better price when you found the garden tool you need.

7. Create a mini compost site

Instead of spending too much on fertilizers, it’s better to create your mini compost site at home. You can use some of recyclable garbage at home or weeds from your garden. A small pit should be more than enough to maintain the health of your garden.

8. Look for all-in-one tools

Avoid purchasing separate tools as they can be costly and storage could be difficult. Look for tools that you can use for a variety of purposes in order to save on space, time (in changing tools) and funds.

9. Trade Plants

If you have too many plants in your garden, you can sell them so that you will have extra cash for fertilizers. It’s also possible to swap the plants for something new that you can add in your garden.

10. Use products at home

There are many things that you can use at home for gardening. Your newspaper could be used for moisture absorbers, bottles to keep the seeds and even cans for mini nurseries. These products at home will not cost you anything but will help preserve and improve your garden.