Creating and maintaining your dream garden may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Create a goal for this year to try simplistic ways to create and maintain a garden space for functionality, time savings, and eco-friendliness. You’ll be surprised how easy and less time-consuming it can be to have a dream garden area that saves you time and money, while providing beauty and comfort.
Save and Reuse Water
One of the biggest money wasters and non-green practices from the garden comes from watering your lawn or plants. Fortunately, there are tons of ways you can save – and even reuse! – water in your garden to save you money and create a more eco-friendly space.
Planting your seeds in clay pots with soil before you plant them into your garden can help their roots maintain moisture. Or, if you want to keep your plants in pots above the ground, consider spraying them with a clear varnish, which will help hold in moisture and maintain a consistent temperature.
You can also recycle your used water from cooking to water your plants with once it’s cooled down. Steaming veggies? Allow the clean water to cool to room temperature and then give your plants a drink to save water costs. Plus, you don’t have to spend time getting the hose out and rolling it back up, so this is also a great time saver!
Start Seeds Indoors
Sowing vegetable, herb, or flower seeds directly into your garden can be difficult and time-consuming. You have to depend on the right weather conditions for seeds to germinate well and you may be tempted to plant more than you need.
Consider starting seeds indoors to avoid weather conditions and create a more controlled environment for germination. Seed starter packs and potting soils can create the perfect growing conditions for seeds and seedlings.
Time your planting to coincide with the right times to transplant your seedlings outdoors, according to the weather in your region. When your plants are in your home, you have easy access to them to monitor their growth and care for them.
Use Natural Forms of Pest Control
Did you know that you can create your own natural pesticides and practice safe pest control methods for eco-friendly money savers? But, before using any pesticides in your garden, try to remove insects with a quick spritz of water from your garden hose. Some pests, like aphids, will fall right off your plants.
For tougher pest infestations, use a mix of vegetable oil and soap to coat your plants, leaving their leaves slippery to deter pests, but not harming the plant. Neem oil is also a natural protector to ward off unwanted insects that can feast on your plants.
Create a Relaxing Outdoor Nook
An outdoor area should be enjoyed. You spend a lot of time working on your garden, and you should be able to relax, unwind, and enjoy the view. Why not make a small, cozy, budget-friendly nook in your outdoor space?
The best part is, it can look fancy without breaking the bank. A cozy wingback chair fantastic furniture set paired with a small table overlooking the garden can create the perfect comfortable, inviting area to relax in after you garden or at the end of your work day.
Get Rid of Grass
One of the ultimate time-wasters in a garden is grass. It may look beautiful during its lush, green seasons, but it also beckons you to water, mow, and weed it to maintain that beautiful look.
So, get rid of the grass. You don’t have to remove it all, but add in some landscape elements to break up some greenery and save you time and water costs. Consider a large walkway through the garden using cheap pavers or large stepping stones.
Or, create a large play and entertaining area composed of sand or concrete. Install a basketball hoop or set up a volleyball court or swing set. Soon, you’ll have more function and less maintenance in your backyard.
Control Weeds Organically
You can control pests naturally, so this year, make it a goal to do the same with weeds. The more natural you go in your garden, the better you’re treating the environment, and your own garden.
Newspaper is an excellent, natural way to cure the weed issue in your garden, saving you the time and hassle of pulling weeds and money on weed control sprays.
During the late winter or early spring, pull up all the weeds and dead foliage in your garden. Layer pieces of newspaper around your plants and throughout your garden beds, making sure no areas are left open for weeds to poke through. Dampen the papers with water to help them stay in their positions, and cover the paper with a thick layer of mulch. This organic weed control method should keep your garden weed-free for several months.
Use Kitchen Waste as Compost
Talk about a money saver! Using your kitchen waste as compost instead of purchasing your own is one of the smartest ways to help your garden – and your wallet – this year.
Composting food waste can save you tons of time and money in the garden. Food waste is always available, so you can have it when you need it for your garden. Plus, it’s already there, so no extra costs are necessary.
Cracked egg shells provide calcium for plants, which is a mineral they thrive off of. They can also keep away common pests, like snails and slugs. Coffee grounds, tea leaves, vegetable peelings, and fruit peelings can also be used as a natural compost for your plants to grow in.