Renting a home, staying with family or any other temporary housing arrangement often holds people back from designing a beautiful or useful garden. The thoughts are often: “Why plant a big expensive tree or shrub, when in half a year I might move again?” You do not have to spend big bucks to get a beautiful and useful garden. There are many tips and tricks for cheap and easy gardening that you might not even have thought of.
Whether it is flowers or vegetable, plants can be a great addition to any garden. But
buying seedlings and plants can be expensive. Filling a vegetable garden with tomato
plants, zucchini and squash plants, some rhubarb and maybe some bell or hot peppers can run up the bill, especially if you purchase the young plants in spring at your local gardening supply store. You can easily spend $50-100 for a small/medium size vegetable and herb garden and should you be moving before harvesting season, all this money goes down the drain. But there is a cheap solution if you desire a vegetable and herb garden at your temporary living quarters. In January or February, visit your local gardening center and buy some seeds. Buy one of the nice small packages of seed for the exact same plants that you want to have in your garden. The gardening store also offers small pots and starter soil in which the seeds will easily sprout and grow. The seeds itself are all under three dollars, most of them even less then one dollar. Of course some more work and care needs to be invested, but therefore you do not have to spend a big amount of money to have the same seedlings in your garden. The amount you might spend to achieve the same garden as mentioned above might be around 20 dollars. Twenty dollars is something that you might easier part with when you move than 100 dollars.
For flowers, there are many different solutions. You can beautify your garden with ready potted plants; these are slightly more expensive and can be a budget breaker if you are on a tight budget. Never the less they can beautify your garden by adding a touch of color and fragrance all around the house. Many of these flowers can actually also be grown from seeds at the beginning of the year or the seeds can be planted outdoors in spring. Seeds are cheap and often times easy to grow. Seeds can also be bought in a grow mixture similar to lawn patching. This is a so-called garden in a bag and needs essentially just be spread over the area you want to grow the flowers. After the spreading of the mixture, regular watering will soon sprout you a bed full of beautiful flowers.
Even cheaper than these methods are gardens from birdseed bags. How about a
sunflower garden? These beautiful long-stemmed flowers can not only beautify your
garden, but will also attract and feed birds throughout the fall season. Your garden will become a bird sanctuary for many months to come. Considering that birdseed bags are only a few dollars, this might be the way to go for temporary housing.
If you are planning on staying at your temporary housing place for longer than half or three quarters of a year, there are also a few other solutions for cheap and easy gardening that you can consider. For example, most gardening places offer shrubs and trees at a reduced price at the end of the season. Often times you can get them 50-75 percent off their regular price. Because it is the end of the summer, winter is getting closer and it is colder outside many people do not think of planting new plants in their garden. But fall is for planting and when you plan ahead, you will have a chance to safe and have a beautiful garden in spring.
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