Since the gardening season is still far away, there is a good window of time to set financial priorities.

Gardening is like any other hobby, it requires some investment. But it doesn’t have to be that expensive. There are shortcuts.

Some of them are easy. Artificial turf buying is a no-brainer if you want to save some money. Luckily, it can be done online these days. High Artificial Grass. Some techniques, such as saving seeds or making compost, require more effort. But all of the tips yield the same result – to keep your wallet bigger.

Use seeds

Although there is an initial investment of lights, containers, and planting mix, it doesn’t take long before you can make drastic savings. You get a lot more plants – some packs contain 100 seeds. Then you have enough to trade with friends and get more variety. To save even more, reuse your trays. If plants grown in a tray show no signs of disease, simply clean them with soap and water. If there was any illness, wash and sanitize the trays with a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. To save even more, germinate seeds in egg cartons, newspapers rolled up into cylinders, or plastic boxes with holes drilled in the bottom for water drainage.

Buy smaller plants

If you’re not the impatient type, you can save a lot more by buying smaller plants.

Make your own compost

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It takes more time, but it saves a lot of money. Use your kitchen scraps and yard scraps and start building. If you have chickens or livestock or know someone who does, mix manure and bedding into the compost pile for an even richer end result. Be sure to let the mixture dissolve properly. A good rule of thumb is until there is no more recognizable waste.

Shop sale

Look for group plant sales, which are usually in abundance in the spring. Check newspaper calendars, ask your friends, contact garden centers in your area to find out if they are having a sale or if they know of one. Shop at nurseries during the scorching days of summer or late fall. Some garden centers have also reserved a corner for “second-hand” plants.

Have an exchange of plants and seeds

Dig up “baby” plants or divide larger plants. Set aside a few of those tomato plants you created from seed. Prepare a coffee, invite friends who have something to share and throw a party.

Use recycled materials

Garage sales, thrift stores and sections of newspapers and online sales sites often carry gardening items. Everything from used stones and rocks to pots and old tools at heavily discounted prices or free of charge. It’s also fun to look for natural materials like rods or interesting stones for edging or bamboo sticks for fencing.

Build your plant collection with cuttings

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Cuttings can be as difficult or as easy as you want. By cuttings you can get a lot of new plants very quickly!

Attract beneficial insects

Instead of looking for chemicals or even biologicals, plant things that attract beneficial insects that eat bad insects and balance your garden ecosystem.

Divide a load of mulch

Save on delivery costs by buying a load of mulch or compost from a neighbor. Save even more by watching arborists cutting down trees. They often share wood chips that you can turn into mulch.