When it comes to your garden, you can spend a huge amount of money if you aren’t careful. That being said, there are a lot of small steps you can take to greatly decrease the cost of your garden. By making careful choices and doing work on your own, you can create a beautiful garden for not a lot of money. Below are some tips that will help you save money when putting together and growing your garden.
Start From Seed
When planting your garden, grow plants from seed rather than buying a plant from a local nursery. While it takes a bit more work and time on your part, it's much more expensive to purchase cuttings and grown plants than it is to buy the seeds for the same plants. This is especially true if you need a large number of the plants. You'll get much more value for your money when you plant your gardens from seed rather than with starter plants. You can save even more by buying your seeds and flower bulbs online.
Another great way to reduce the cost of gardening is to trade seeds with other gardeners in your area. This will allow you to have more variety for your garden without having to spend a lot of money on buying seeds. If you don't have any local gardeners to trade seeds with, you can also participate in [seed exchanges](http://www.seedsavers.org/). Each year be sure to save plenty of the seeds from your harvest so that you can expand the next year's garden with even more varieties without spending any money.
If you are planting a garden to save money, one of the important things to accomplish this will be getting the best yield you can from your garden plants. That's where sunlight comes in. In order to yield the most fruit and vegetables from your garden, you need to place it in a spot that gets at least 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. If your garden doesn't get enough direct sunlight, the plants won't be nearly as bountiful.