I am trying to make our gorgeous/wild new garden feel like our own. Unfortunately, all my bright ideas end up costing £££.
I always thought gardening was a nice humble, sustainable activity... But I can't seem to do anything without whipping out my credit card. So please tell me, what are your top tips for keeping costs down in the garden?
I'll start... I save all my smashed crockery to line the bottom of container pots for drainage, rather than buying stones or gravel.
I have been dithering about a compost bin because of the initial outlay, will I really need two? I can get them buy one get one half price from the council but wasn't sure if it was really a bargain or not.
The fruit punnets as propogators is a great idea. I have a couple and can get some seeds started tomorrow, would've paid for trays otherwise.
depends on how big your garden is, but the best way to do compost is to have 3 bins. My dh made ours from old pallets and an old shed. They are 3 in a row.
1 st one is full, closed and stewing. (since end of last summer, ready in the autumn) 2nd one is getting filled 3 rd one is compost from summer before which is ready and lovely and we are using now - just put a load in the bottom of a rhubarb trench.
The compost bins don't have to be big, need to have some air and my mums (which are serious) have lift out fronts to help shovel out ready compost.
Poundland actually have a lot of cheap stuff, eg large plastic plant pots, and netting etc (not brilliant quality though)
When the basket is watered the tea bags will hold the water so that the basket doesn't dry out so quickly. Also if you have any roses you can sprinkle used tea leaves (loose or in tea bags) around your rosebushes and cover with mulch. When you water the plants, the nutrients from the tea will be released into the soil, spurring growth. Roses love the tannic acid that occurs naturally in tea.