Here are 25 top thrifty tips for a family garden sourced form fabulous bloggers and frugal friends. I hope they inspire you.
1. Use it as a free craft resource and make the most lovely flower fairies and flower crowns
2. Grow beautiful flowers you can have in your home. sweet peas are my favourite and they just keep growing and growing
3. Grow your own vegetables..money saving and hugely fun. We grew this from seed …our first attempt! My friend Fiona suggests growing food amongst your flower beds! Gooseberries and cabbages are very decorative and easy.
5. Turn to Pinterest for advice guidance and inspiration
6. Follow lovely gardening blogs such as Growing Family for advice and inspiration.
7. Paint strawberry rocks
Apparently you surround your fruit plants with then and the birds soon learn not to bother swooping for fruit there. Not sure this will work but its free and fun to make!
8. You can use the sticks in your garden in so many ways to create free play opportunists. Here are 10 cool things kids can do with sticks
9. You can also use the stones in your garden to create lots of fun play opportunities. Here are 10 cool things kids can do with stones
10. There are also many MANY educational and learning resources in a garden for kids that are free and at your fingertips. My lovely friend Cathy has just released a book all about this ! The Garden Classroom is full of inspiring ideas.
Look at these delicious lavender biscuits from Chris at Life is Delicious
12. Liz at Me and My Shadow upcycled some old deckchairs with linen tea towels and made use of a old cable reel to create this fabulous kids bistro set How cool is that!
13. Carolin from Mummy Alarm suggests you can save money in your garden by making your own weedkiller which is better for the environment and thrifty . Great tip from Carolin and I found a whole page of them here
14. Cat from Yellow Days suggest bulbs as her top money saving tip Bulbs are a great investment as the come back year after year for beautiful spring colour. Bluebells are gorgeous and will multiply each year to give you a lovely natural woodland look
15. Making art is lovely to do in the garden whether you sit out there and paint, incorporate petals into you sketching or make brushes form twigs and leaves. Nature provides the best free art materials around.
16. My lovely friend Anne who has an allotment suggests you re-use anything from your home and garden to protect, support or plant your crops in. Lace curtains for netting, cds for scarecrows, water tanks / iKea bags for planting I think this is a great idea, both green and thrifty!
17. Composting your food waste recycling garden and kitchen waste into a compost bin provides you with excellent free compost for your garden
18. Bees are crucial pollinators and will really help make our gardens thrive without any need for our intervention. But we do need to attract them. Have a look at this wonderful post from Penny on the 10 most bee friendly plants you should put in your garden.
19. The very savvy Cerys from Rainy Day Mum suggests uses compostable seed pots like egg cartons and loo rolls to start seeds off so they can go straight in the soil. Time saving as well as thrifty and great recycling too.
20. Cathy (from NurtureStore) suggests asking for donations. ‘Gardeners love to see other people starting gardens too and are usually happy to pass on extra seedlings, plants and cuttings.’
21. If you fancy making your own seed packets and plant labels have a look at these sweet ideas from Thinly Spread. Chris also advises learning to propagate properly. Collecting Seeds, taking cuttings, layering, dividing as ways to make new plants for no money!
22. Jaime and Lisa both suggest a water butt for you garden. Lisa got hers free from her local council along with a compost bin so well worth asking. Jaime says hers saved her a fortune when she was on a water meter and wow look at her garden flourish.
23. Aly at Bug Bird Bee suggests sowing extra seeds so you can sell surplus at car boot sales. It’s a great idea to get your garden making you money!
24. My very creative friend Jess loves to reuse items in her garden and make the very best of what others might consider scrap. How fabulous does her planted cistern look.
Chris puts hers plants in old wellies and colanders and calls it Potment Gardening
25. And last but not least where to shop. Lisa suggests exploring your tip for old tyres to plant in and car boot sales for cheap pots. Both Helen from Business Plus Baby and my savvy pal Jess suggest Aldi as a great place for cheap plants and tools. Who knew!
What I have learned in this post is that by throwing out the question how do you save money in your garden on facebook, twitter, on Pinterest and to my neighbours…. I got a huge wealth of ideas back.
Good gardening is all about sharing from your cuttings and seeds to your inspired ideas. Sharing, as always, is the best way to save money.