Love to garden but short on money Here’s 10 money saving ideas.

A great perk of organic gardening is finding different ways to achieve the same or improved result.

Many items which are typically binned can be of great use to the outdoor enthusiast. Here are ten ideas that won’t cost you anything.

1. Food leftovers: All leftover food is to be composted. Composting is becoming quite something to do, and special composting bins can be purchased or even made quite readily. There are lots of different stories of what to do and each individual will find the way that suits them. Maintaining the temperature quite warm is the key to success. If you need quick results then just keep chucking it on the top and then pull some out of the bottom of the heap, then sieve it and the compost will be ready to use for seeds and small plants.

2. Hedge cuttings: Instead of ordinary composting or burning it on the bonfire, see if you can get a hold of an electric garden muncher.

This takes branches up to one inch thick and you just put them into a hole in the machine and it munches it up into little chips. These are great for keeping the moisture in the soil, so just spread them around the base of shrubs and fruit trees to control the temperature of the floor.

3. Decorating trays: Keep all roller paint trays and anything like use as seed trays. Get a pencil and make some holes at the bottom of the tray for drainage. Add a little vermiculite or small pieces of gravel and fill with seed compost.

4. Thrown-out rugs, old cardboard boxes, and other bits and bobs could be put over the vegetable plot in Fall to prevent those early spring weeds from coming up. Spread over the entire area and weigh down with stones, lift off on a sunny spring afternoon a few days before you would like to work on it.

5. Recycle glass jars: One’s with sealable lids are the best for storing seeds, peas and beans until next year. After cleansing the jars, be sure that they are completely dry by popping them in a warm oven before storing your seeds. Try and collect dark coloured jars, or wrap paper around clear jars to prevent light damage to the seeds.

6. Yoghurt cartons: Actually all dessert pots are amazing for re-potting seedlings. Again, make a hole at the bottom, put a little fine sand or vermiculite and then fill with compost or soil.

7. Metal coat hangers: Make small cloches with old wire coat hangers. Make them in a square and then put the hook in the ground push down until the curve rests upon the surface of the soil. Put another one a little distance away to make the two ends of the cloche. Then chuck over a sheet of plastic and weigh down the corners of it with rocks.

8. Lolly sticks: These make great row tags in your greenhouse rows or seed trays. They don’t last indefinitely but they’re really good for writing the names of seeds on.

9. Aluminium bottle stops: Keep these from milk or juice bottles and colored foil around drinks bottles. String with cotton to make a bird scarer and place on fruit bushes before the birds begin munching on the fruit.

10. Transparent plastic: All these can be put over a plant in cold weather to protect from frost damage.

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