How to Make Budget & Time Friendly Garden?
Nonetheless, with the right strategy and a bit of knowledge, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are few proven methods that can make your garden both budget and time friendly.
Start with a Compost
The richer the soil, the less work you will have around your garden. So, in order to improve the situation on this front, you might want to consider making your own compost. The most budget-friendly feature here is a fact that you won’t have to buy anything. All the ingredients you need are the organic waste that your own property is producing. We are talking about food leftovers (aside from meat and dairy), fallen leaves, shredded newspapers and pruned branches. Here, you can even include things such as egg and nut shells. In other words, anything that will decompose in the ground.
Grow Your Own Food
You would be surprised just how easy it is to start growing your own food in a backyard garden. When it comes to the initial funding, you will need to invest in some basic gardening tools, such as hoe, shears, rake and a hose. Apart from this, you will also have to buy some seeds or saplings and you work can finally begin. Some people like to make this into a theme and make a so-called taco garden. Here, they decide to use their own backyard to grow everything they need in order to make a taco.
When it comes to growing vegetables and other food ingredients, you would be surprised to find out that maintaining it is not at all labor-intensive. In fact, tending to them once per week for under an hour can be all that you need. As for the budget, just think about how much money you will save by not having to buy these items in a supermarket. Not to mention the fact that you will put 100 percent organic food on your table.
DIY Irrigation System
If one starts on the topic of garden maintenance, the first thing that pops into mind is the irrigation. A top-notch irrigation system would cost a small fortune to install, aside from increasing your utility bill by quite a bit. On the other hand, you can try to build your own irrigation system with some basic items you already have or could easily afford. One idea would be to use a long garden hose, lay it next to plants you want to water and poke tiny holes every few inches of its length. In order to make this system easy to deploy and (if the need arises) remove, you could also invest in a reliable hose reel.
Another method would be to plant few plastic bottles in the ground after piercing their bottom side several times. All you would have to do after this is pour some water inside and there you have it. The advantage of this method is that it doesn’t waste much water although it takes much more of your time than its above-discussed counterpart.
In the very end, you need to keep in mind that there is a certain balance in nature. Taking this into consideration can give your gardening efforts a significant boost. You see, some plants work well together, which means that planting them next to each other might give you a lot less work regarding their maintenance. A perfect example of this are peas and carrots, beans or radish. At the same time, some plants are natural enemies, which is another thing you should keep in mind in order to avoid planting them together on accident. For example, the aforementioned peas with onion or garlic.
From all of this, it becomes more than clear that planting a great garden requires a lot of tactics and strategic thinking. At times, it can pose a considerable challenge, but at the same time, it can also be incredibly fun.