Gardening Express

  • Frugal Gardening Tips

  • Frugal Gardening Tips

  • Frugal Gardening Tips

    Its always worthwhile investing in a water butt so that you can store water  for your garden throughout the year, if you contact your local council they may even provide you with one free of charge or at a reduced rate. This will save you money, especially if you are on a water meter.

     

  • Frugal Gardening Tips

    Make a homemade lawn sprinkler with a used one litre plastic drinking bottle. Simply punch holes in the bottom half of the bottle, then place the end of the hose into the neck and fasten in place with gaffer tape.

  • Compostastical!!!

    compostDo not waste money on expensive fertilisers for your plants. Save uncooked food waste and put on the compost heap. Fruit, vegetables and their peelings, egg shells, tea bags and coffee grounds all help make excellent compost. With not much effort you can soon be producing your own home made compost which will improve your soil and reduce the need for any artificial fertiliser. Its an easy, cheap and practical way to manage your waste and improve your garden at the same time.

  • Frugal Gardening Tips

    Extend the growing season by making a cold frame. This is easier than you may think. A cold frame is simply an enclosed area with a top that lets in sunlight.

    There are several ways to build a cold frame but the easiest is take an old window frame, with glass still intact, and lean it at an angle against a sunny wall. If you are feeling slightly more adventurous you could arrange four bales of hay or straw as the sides of your cold frame and lean the window against them. The straw can then be used for mulch next spring when you take the cold frame down.

    Old window frames are often thrown out in skips or can be found on websites like Ebay and Freecycle.

  • Frugal Gardening Tips

    Until the weather warms up you can insulate your heated greenhouse cheaply and easily with bubble wrap. This can help cut the heating costs by up to 50% and will not interfere with the light transmission.

    You can also seal off any unused parts of the greenhouse with sheets of polythene, which will also help to save on heating costs.

    Any old carpeting you have laying around can be used on the floor to add insulation too.

  • Frugal Gardening Tips

    Don't waste money buying canes for plants, a walk in any wooded area will provide you with a large quantity of windfall sticks whenever you need them. You can always stockpile some in a shed or an unused corner of your garden ready for when they are required.

  • Frugal Gardening Tips

    Make quick and easy plant labels from used yoghurt pots. Wash them out once empty and cut into strips that are about 1 inch wide and cut a point at one end, this is the end you place into the soil. Use a permanent marker pen to write on the blank side so that the writing does not rub off, after all you do not want forget which seeds you have sown.

  • Frugal Gardening Tips

    Do not throw away potatoes that have started to sprout, instead these can be planted and will produce new potatoes. Instead of planting these into the ground you could use old car tyres. Place the tyre on the ground and fill the hole in the centre with soil, plant your potatoes in here. You can stack more tyres on top of each other and add more soil to make a stack or tower. This keeps the potatoes in one place so they are easier to harvest once grown and it also conserves space in your garden.

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