4 Tips for Gardening on a Budget

I think it is fair to say that I am about as good a gardener as I am a cook. Just to clarify, I am pretty rubbish at both. However, since having a garden of my own for the last 6 years I have picked up a few things a long the way. With a million Little Man related things, bills, days out, food etc to pay for the garden tends to come fairly far down the financial planning list. Therefore when it is paid some attention, it is often on a budget. As spring is feeling like a very long way away in the air I thought I would share a few things I have learnt.

Gardening on a Budget

  • Use plastic cutlery for garden markers – This idea I nicked from Pinterest years and years ago and I think it’s such good one. All you have to do is write on the handles of the forks. Job done. You could paint them with the kids too!
  • Don’t just go to garden centres for the garden decorations and tools – I love having a wander round garden centres and often come out with gorgeous gifts for people but their garden decorations and tools can be super pricey. Keep an eye out at your local Poundland at the end of the month; they have a brand new gardening range coming out. It belongs to my gardening hero – Charlie Dimmock! Wasn’t Ground Force the best?! And of course all the items will be a £1. You can’t say better than that!

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  • Look out for coffee grounds – We only found this out because G saw bags of used coffee grounds being given away at Starbucks. They do this at lots of coffee shops and apparently it’s great for your soil!
  • Have a water butt – So the past few summers have been hot hot hot at times and my poor garden is in the sun a large part of the day. We have to water the garden a lot! Instead of using the mains water though we installed a water butt which collects the rain water. Perfect for watering my poor parched plants.


So there we are my novice tips for maintaining your garden on a budget. Do you have any that I have missed?

To see some more professional gardening tips especially based around doing it with the kids, click here.



This post is in partnership with Poudland, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



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  • Alistair Rowan
    15/02/2016 at 15:48

    you might be able to get free water butts and devices for around the home from your water supplier check out … http://www.reducereuserecycle.co.uk/greenfreebies/free_water_saving_devices.php … for ideas.

    Your local council may provide free compost. Also worth checking with the local parks department as they sometimes give plants away if they have any left over from replanting all the beds.

    Great tip about the plastic cutlery!!

    • Mummy in Training
      24/02/2016 at 09:39

      Thank you 🙂 xx

  • A Cornish Mum
    17/02/2016 at 07:33

    Love the cutlery tip, so simple when you think about it but it never would’ve occurred to me! I love Pinterest 🙂 Our garden is still a building site whilst the concrete block sheds are being slowly built by Si, maybe one day I’ll have a nice garden!
    Stevie xx
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    • Mummy in Training
      24/02/2016 at 09:41

      Aw you must blog about it 😉 xx


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