Jacqueline Coombe is a freelance writer specialising in business development, marketing, and career development content.
Gardening is one of the great pastimes. Whether running the mower over a patch of luscious green lawn or tending to a bed of roses, hour upon hour can be spent pottering around the garden.
With so many different activities encompassing the pastime of gardening, it can be easy to lose both time and money in the great outdoors. All of which can make this hobby a costly endeavour.
Rather than feeling guilty about indulging your passion, there are numerous tips and tricks you can employ to save both time and money. Ensuring that when those roses finally come into full bloom, you can feel maximum enjoyment.
10 great gardening hacks to save time and money
Gardening hacks are great tools to use to ensure that your garden, veggie patch or front lawn thrives in all conditions. Better still, gardening hacks allow you to indulge in your passion, all the while saving time and money. All you have to do is think outside the box.
1. Fill your planters with bottles
Oversized planters make great additions to a garden or verandah. However, filling these planters with soil can be quite costly. Rather than breaking the bank on numerous bags of soil, enlist the help of empty bottles and cans.
To get the best results, fill the pot about two-thirds of the way with cans or plastic bottles. The rest of the space can be filled with soil. Importantly, filling a planter with used cans or bottles can actually improve aeration and drainage.
2. Line pots with coffee filters
Every gardener knows that transferring plants to new pots or directly into the ground can be quite a handful. To ensure that the root system stays intact and the cleanup is minimal, grab a few coffee filters from the kitchen before you pot the plant.
This ensures that once you are ready to transfer the plant, the process is seamless. To start, place the filter at the base of the pot, fill the pot with dirt and plant the seeds. Once the plant is ready for repotting, simply lift up the filter to keep the soil from escaping.
3. Mixed crush eggshells into the soil
While a necessary task, fertilising soil can be expensive. To ensure that your soil thrives and that you stick to your budget, crush some eggshells and sprinkle them into the dirt weekly. This works wonders as eggshells are a great source of calcium, potassium and magnesium.
4. Pour vinegar on weeds
Weeds are the bane of a gardener’s existence. You can spend time and money on the best products to kill nuisance weeds and yet they always come back. A time and cost effective hack are to pour vinegar on the weeds as the acid in vinegar is known to kill them.
5. Water the garden in the morning
Ensuring that your plants and lawn get enough water can be time-consuming. To make the process quicker, water the garden in the morning. As morning temperatures are cooler, water won’t evaporate as quickly as it does in the afternoon sun.
6. Use newspapers as weed blockers
Another trick to get rid of weeds is by utilising the stack of old newspapers in your cupboard. By placing newspapers in the garden and covering them with dirt to keep them secure, the paper will smother any growing weeds.
7. Mulch your leaves
A lot of gardeners think that covering a lawn with leaves will insulate it during the cold months. This process can be quite costly as whole leaves will kill the lawn rather than insulate it. So, to offer your lawn some protection, mulch the leaves before spreading them onto the lawn.
8. Save seeds
Saving seeds can be quite a cost-effective endeavour. Rather than buying new seeds every time you’re ready to plant, save plant seeds. Simply rinse the seeds, allow them to dry and store in containers or bags until your next planting session.
9. Utilise coffee grounds
Coffee grounds make a great compost addition. Rather than using coffee directly on the lawn, add it to the compost as it provides organic materials like nitrogen and phosphorus. Improving both aeration and drainage, coffee grounds are a cost-effective and efficient nutrient for lawns.
10. Share your cuttings
Sharing cuttings is also a way to save time and money in the garden. By asking neighbours or fellow gardeners to share cuttings you can breathe new life into your garden without having to invest the time and money into nurturing seeds while they grow into plants.
Letting your green thumb thrive
Gardening provides great physical and mental health benefits. However, it can also be quite a time-intensive and costly hobby. There are numerous tools, products and hours needed to help a garden come to life.
Rather than feeling guilty for indulging your passion, you can employ simple gardening hacks that will save you both time and money. This way, you can work to create a thriving garden without investing too much time and hard-earned money into your hobby.
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