The international health crisis has taught us many things, but two of the most important lessons have been: there are great benefits to financial preparedness and that we all need an outdoor space to soak up some much-needed Vitamin D.
Many people consider gardening to be a costly hobby, but the past year has demonstrated its significant benefits, especially those for our mental wellness. Today, we’re going to offer some helpful tips on how to renovate your garden, despite being on a stricter budget.
One way to increase the vegetation in your garden is to plant succulents. Many varieties of these plants can be grown from leaf or stem cuttings, which will allow you to add more plants to your garden without needing to spend money at the nursery.
Some varieties to consider are: Little Jewel, Darley Sunshine, Pink Ice, or Pork and Beans plants. All these florae have colourful flowers or an added hue to their leaves, making them an inexpensive, yet vibrant addition to your garden. A bonus is that they don’t require large amounts of water, which will mean a reduced water account.
Have you considered growing fruits and vegetables in your very own greenhouse? If not, you should! Less travel to the grocer will save you money and reduce your personal carbon footprint. Garden sheds are excellent for greenhouse gardening beginners and can be customised to include additional glass panels or skylights that may be needed to give your crops the light they need to thrive. All kinds of produce grow well in hothouse conditions. To name a few: carrots, turnips, kale, strawberries, raspberries, and even grapes.
Wall gardening has become a trend because it is affordable and works well in smaller spaces. So, even if you reside in a busy city, you can still add a bit of greenery to your living space. Vertical gardens can also be used to disguise a neglected wall. Depending on what kind of vertical garden you invest in, you might have a pump-assisted watering system or need to water by hand. Either way, your water usage won’t be excessive.
Compost your Food Waste
Fertiliser is often expensive and in many instances, can be dangerous due to its chemical composition. Be kinder to the environment and your pocket by composting the food waste from your home. There are many benefits associated with making compost at home, so think twice before you throw scraps in the bin, which are likely going to end up in a landfill somewhere.
Retire Old Tyres
In staying with environmental considerations, you could retire old tyres by turning them into planters for your garden, or swings for your children. Tyres can be utilised in many imaginative ways. Paint a brick pattern on a few, stack them up, add a small roof, and voila – you have a wishing well.
These are only five tips, out of many, that illustrate that it indeed is easy to save money on a garden renovation. All that is left for you is to get creative!