40 Helpful Hacks For Gardening On A Budget

Gardening isn't just a hobby for those of us who love it; it’s really more of a lifestyle. Unfortunately, it can be an expensive one if you’re not careful, so most gardeners are always on the lookout for ways to save money. That’s why this list of helpful hacks goes out to all our thrifty, green-fingered friends out there in internet-land. we’re here to help!

40. Water properly

This hack may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t water their gardens correctly. Some use far too much water, meaning much of it runs off the soil and isn’t actually doing any good. Others are far too sparing, which means their garden isn’t getting the moisture it needs. A good rule of thumb is to water less often, but to do it more thoroughly each time.

39. Test your soil

Acidic, neutral, or alkaline: these are the three kinds of soil in any garden. It’s really helpful to know which type is in your garden, as that way you can tailor your growing efforts to the soil you’ve got. To establish this, all you’ll need is a mug, water, soil, vinegar, and baking soda. A quick online tutorial, and you’ll find out your soil type almost instantly.

38. Start plants from seed

Of all the hacks in this list, this one will save you the most money. It makes perfect sense, too — instead of paying at least $4 a pop for plants to put in your garden, you should instead spend $2 or $3 on a pack of seeds. That way you’ll eventually grow lots of plants! Yes, you’ll have to learn how to seed-start, but isn’t that half the fun of gardening? 

37. Try the damp-towel seed-tester hack

Being an efficient and thrifty gardener is all about getting the most out of everything you do. So, if you find an old packet of seeds that you never planted, don’t assume they’re unusable. Simply place the seeds inside a dampened paper towel and leave it for a few days, keeping the towel wet as much as possible. You may find some sprouts from the seeds, and these can then be planted!