Gardening can become expensive if you just step into Home Depot and buy all that you will need in one swoop! There are ways to obtain inexpensive, free items for your garden that will be cost effective as well.
1. Have a plan, and know what you need. Keep this list with you so you can always be ready when a good deal strikes. Just like menu planning helps save time and money when grocery shopping, planning your garden needs will help you save time and money as well!
2. Yard sales: Snatch up those canning jars, garden tools, tomato cages and any other garden item for cheap.
3. Free Cycle: post what you need and chances are someone will be willing to give to you
4. Put the word out: Family and friends are great resources. Let them know what you need and they may be able to help you find it, especially if they are yard salers, or know of a great resource for you.
5. Craigslist: Often times you can find items free or very inexpensive here.
6. Swap and Split: Swap plants with friends and split packs when you can!
7. Don't forget your regional High School vocational center. If they have a horticulture program you can get lots of plants cheap!
8. Watch your local paper for plant sales. Many churches or ladies clubs will hold plant sales where you can get great deals on plants.
9. Start from seed, and save your leftover seeds for next year. Store them in a cool dry place and they will be fine!
10. Thrift Shops: I have seen many canning jars, pressure cookers and even peat packets at thrift shops.
Get creative and think outside of the stores for you garden needs, and you will find many ways to save.
Stephanie is a homeschooling mother of 3 and owns A High And Noble calling, a blog to encourage and inspire women in their noble callings as homemakers, wives and mothers. You can read articles, find resources, and inspiration for your high and noble calling at http://www.ahighandnoblecalling.com