by April Reinhardt
(last updated January 13, 2016)
So, you've decided to plant a garden, but you're also on a tight budget. Gardening supplies can cost quite a bit of money, even if you only buy the items on this short list of basic tools every gardener needs: shovel, hoe, spade, hand shovel, weeder, pruner, hand spade, garden hose, and a rake.
You might even need a garden tiller, bulb planter, pesticides, insecticides, mulch, compost, fertilizer, a wheelbarrow, and plant stakes. And then, of course, there's the cost of the plants, seedlings, or seeds. Perhaps your reason for growing a garden in the first place is to save money on your grocery bill, yet you realize halfway into your project that your gardening supplies cost just as much, if not more, than buying food from the grocery store. How can you save money on gardening supplies? Here are some handy tips for doing just that:
Visit local stables and dairy farms to see if they will give you free manure. Many farms and stables are more than happy to get rid of the excess manure. If you receive government assistance by way of food coupons or food stamps, you can purchase seeds with them.
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