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Get everything you need to start a garden without breaking the bank.

Purchasing garden tools, plants and supplies can make starting a garden an expensive endeavor.  Gardening on a budget is possible. Make a list of the minimum supplies you need to get started, and learn how to find them cheap.


Purchasing garden tools, plants and supplies can make starting a garden an expensive endeavor.  Gardening on a budget is possible. Make a list of the minimum supplies you need to get started, and learn how to find them cheap.

You can garden without the latest, greatest tools and accessories. When you think about it, people gardened for centuries without all the conveniences that were added in the past couple centuries.

If you can only have one garden tool, choose one that has two functions, like a rake on one side and a hoe on the other. Craigslist and yard sales are great places to find inexpensive garden supplies. Remember, it doesn't have to be pretty, it just needs to get the job done. You can even make some of your own garden tools from household items.

Plants are the other big expense when gardening. The best value is a packet of seeds, which can give you hundreds of plants for only a few dollars. Free plants are, of course, the most cost-effective choice, and there are many options to get your hands on these freebies.

Another way to keep your garden supply need minimal and your expenses in check is by using what the earth gives you. Instead of springing for store-bought compost or garden soil, use the soil in your backyard. Starting a compost bin is extremely cheap. All you need is a place to put a pile, and the food scraps and lawn waste you add to it won't cost a thing!
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