Green Fingers without the expense!

As Spring is really taking a hold, the time has come to think about your garden and outdoor space. Gardening can be really worthwhile, not only does it relax you, but it also gives you a chance to get outside and in the fresh air.

The trouble with gardening is that it can be expensive, and if you are on a budget you may worry that you have to resort to having a dull and boring garden. But here at A J Cockle Finance, we know that this really isn’t the case. In fact, there are some great ways that you can have the most beautiful green fingers, without it costing the Earth!

Want to know more? Here are our top tips that you can try out.

Take advantage of freebies

Buying plants can be expensive, but you may be surprised to learn that there are ways that you can get yourself freebies to plant. There are a variety of environmentally friendly brands and projects out there that will send out free seeds to keep up with their conservation aims. Finding these means that you can get some gorgeous blooms for your garden and all without paying a penny.

Make your own compost

Your garden will really benefit from a touch of compost, but this does mean spending out at your local garden centre. Instead of buying compost, why not try to make your own? Not only will a composter give you free fertilizer for those plants, but it also cuts down on your food waste too. A great benefit for the environment.

Get crafty and upcycle

Crafty people rejoice, a great way to save money when gardening is to get hands on and use things that you have around the house to upcycle for the garden. The possibilities of what you can transform are endless, shoes wooden pallets and oil drums are just some of the things that we have seen transformed into something else, and they can really save you money instead of buying new.

Start a plant swap

Are you pretty good at growing plants but want to expand the different types that you have in your home? If this is true for you then why not a start a plant swap with your family, friends and neighbours. Facebook is a great place for this. Have a private group where you can share the plants that you have and you can see what other plants are out there for you to have in your own garden.

In no time at all, you will find yourself with a fully stacked garden, all without having to spend a penny.

The weather may be a bit up and down at the moment, but that shouldn’t stop you getting out in the garden and flexing those green fingers. Why not see if you can enjoy cultivating your garden and save yourself money too? With some careful thought, planning and budgeting, it is possible.

If you have any other tips on how to make your garden look great without breaking the bank, let us know in the comments below!

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