With so much pressure on the family budget nowadays, spending money on your garden may sometimes appear like an extravagant expense.
Read our money saving hints and tips to find out how to make your money go further in the garden, so you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful garden without emptying your wallet!
View a selection of customers money saving hints and tips below:
Elizabeth Otway of Godalming in Surrey has sent these great ideas:
"I cut up old pairs of tights and stockings to use as soft-ties; they are ideal for tying in raspberries and other plants and even trees. They are soft but very strong, so give the support needed but without being abrasive or chaffing to the stems of you precious plants."
"Use seed heads as special Christmas decorations. Dill, alium, teasel and poppy all have great long lasting seed heads that can be used for added interest in the home during the winter months. Using coloured or metallic sprays you can create wonderful Christmas decorations in no time at all." - We think these would look good all year round!
Andrea Moran writes with another use for old tights and stockings:
"You can use old tights or stockings for storing onions. Put your onions in a leg one at a time, tying a knot in between each one so they don't touch. Then hang up in a cool dry place. When an onion is required, simply cut below a knot with scissors, leaving the rest in place." - We think this is an excellent idea if you have comparitively few onions to store. For larger quantities, take a look at our Onion Bags.
Rachel Bould suggests a use for old woollens:
"I cut up old jumpers that have started to unravel and use them for hanging-basket liners in the summer. You can make or enlarge holes in them for planting into and they still hold in the compost very well. The birds often reuse the jumpers again when they peck out strands for their nests from my winter baskets."
Iain Beveridge suggests a way to recycle plastic bottles:
"Cut the bottom off and they make great mini cloches and keep insects off."
Marie Clare suggests:
"Save all of your old tins (of tomatoes / beans etc), wash them and drill small drainage holes in them and use them as pots for seedlings. It's nice to see a little tomato plant sprouting out of an old tin of chopped tomatoes!"
Marie-Therese Kielty says:
"I collect the water from the shower that is running whilst I wait for it to warm up. It's only a little, but it all helps."
Sally Annely suggests:
"A bulb planter works equally well for planting out pots that are 3 - 4 inch diameter, such as runner beans, courgettes, broad beans, sweetcorn etc that have all been started off in a greenhouse. Make the holes using the bulb planter, and pop the pot grown seedlings in. Minimum root disturbance, and much quicker."
Angie Dundas says:
"If you pop the plastic washing machine balls on top of a garden cane, the rattling noise scares birds away."
Robert Pearson a great use for all that polystyrene packaging we get:
"Break-up polystyrene packaging (thus re-cycling it) and put into the bottom of garden tubs - this way you don't use as much compost and also the tubs are lighter and easier to move around the garden."
Thea McGovern says:
"A slick of vaseline around plant pots rims keeps slugs off - cheaper than copper bands!"
Paula Jenkins says:
"We have big problems with squirrels digging in our pots, in particular when we sow coriander. We found using a light-weight wire mesh, for example from a disposable BBQ, tying it over our pots has stopped the squirrel damage and the shoots just grow through the mesh."
Written by: Sue Sanderson
Plants and gardens have always been a big part of my life. I can remember helping my Dad to prick out seedlings, even before I could see over the top of the potting bench. As an adult, I trained at Writtle College where I received my degree, BSc. (Hons) Horticulture. After working in a specialist plantsman's nursery, and later, as a consulting arboriculturalist, I joined Thompson & Morgan in 2008. Initially looking after the grounds and coordinating the plant trials, I now support the web team offering horticultural advice online.