For all the beauty a home garden can bring, it takes a lot of time, patience and often money to create the lush landscape of your dreams. A few gallon pots, potting soil and a few spring bulbs to tuck into the front yard can quickly add up. For beginners, the initial investment can be discouraging. An unexpected, early freeze can wipe plants out overnight and catch even advanced gardeners off guard – better luck next season!
And while accidents will always happen, you still don’t have to spend a small fortune to green up your outdoor space. We rounded up our favorite budget-friendly landscaping ideas to help put some of that green back in your pocket.
One of the easiest ways to save is by buying seeds instead of potted plants. Starting from seed can be intimidating for new gardeners, but I dare you to take the challenge. It’s extremely rewarding to see your first flower or eat a salad with lettuce you grew from seeds. Start with something easy like radishes or lettuces and build from there.
Turn Anything Into a Container Garden
I love looking at those gorgeous, glazed stone pots. The price tag? Not so much. Being creative with containers will allow you to put more money toward flowers and plants. Hit the thrift store to find old wine crates, salvaged wood and other items to make planters. My first “raised bed” was a large wine crate lined with scrap fabric, and my family grows tomatoes in 5-gallon buckets from the hardware store. The key is to always create drainage holes in your chosen vessel, since most plants’ roots will rot if they’re left sitting in standing water for too long.