7 Money-Saving Tricks Every Gardener Should Know

New to gardening? Here are some wallet-friendly tips for your freshly budding hobby.

So, you want to be a gardener, but you have no idea where to start. It can be easy to get swept up in Lowe's, throwing all kinds of plant-related items into your cart and racking up a sizable bill. Before you hit the store, you might want to see how crafty you can get when it comes to gardening supplies. Here are some gardening hacks to make your new hobby affordable.


Make Your Own Markers

You can label your plants and herbs with easy DIY solutions. Pick up some stones from the backyard and write on them with Sharpie–you can get as creative as you want with correlating pictures. Or, if you have no rocks, you can do the same with plastic forks, scribbling the plant names on the handles. 


Store Unplanted Seeds in a Photo Album

As much as we like to think we will actually print out the pictures from that blowout 40th birthday party, we all know it's probably never going to happen. But that doesn't mean you can't get good use out of the photo album you bought for the occasion. Slip half-used packages of seeds into the photo sleeves to keep them organized.


Use Coffee Grounds to Ward off Pests

Want to keep those precious plants safe and pest-free? Simply sprinkle coffee grounds as mulch to help repel animals like rabbits and squirrels from your plants. The New York Times "100 Gardening Questions and Answers" claims this method may be helpful.


Use Coffee Grounds as Fertilizer

While you're at it, you might as well use those grounds to help boost some growth. Adding used coffee grounds to your soil will increase the amount of organic material in your soil, helping drainage, water retention, and aeration. You can also add coffee grounds to your compost to increase nitrogen levels.


Transform a Milk Jug into a Watering Can

No need to buy a fancy watering can. Instead, take that old one-gallon milk jug you just finished off, rinse it out, the use a knife or scissors to punch small holes in the cap. 


Grow Green Onions from Store-bought Ones

Get more use out of the green onions you buy for dinner prep. Simply cut off the white bottoms and leave them out to dry for a couple days. Then, plant them a few days later to grow whole new green onions.


Keep Herbs Fresher Longer in the Freezer

Don't waste all your hard work. If you have excess herbs that you want to keep fresh, cut them up and put them into ice cube trays. Then add either water and freeze them. When you need to add the herbs to a recipe, just throw in the cube.

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