Over the past few years, many people have chosen to start their own gardens by growing fruits and vegetables on their own. Not only is gardening cheaper, but most would agree that produce tastes a lot fresher and better than store-bought. But what do you do when you don’t have a green thumb? If you have no idea where or how to get started, these budget-friendly tips from Apartment Therapy might help.
- Check nursery rejects- It may sound a little shady, but you could score some pretty good greenery by checking the trash of nurseries. They often throw away perfectly fine plants that don’t look so pretty anymore. If it makes you feel better, ask store personnel for permission before rummaging through their trash.
- Inquire about discounts – If you choose to shop for plants, don’t be afraid to ask for discounts if and when a plant looks like it’s on its last leg. As mentioned above, nurseries usually throw these out anyway. They might be willing to give you a discount and sell it rather than throw it out and make no money off of it.
- Don’t ignore garage sales and thrift stores – Not only can these be a great sources for good plants, but you can also find some stylish containers and planters for dirt cheap prices. Containers that often cost $20 or more in regular stores can be obtained for less than $5 in discount stores.
Regardless of how or where you obtain your plants, keep in mind that products are needed to keep them thriving. Don’t forget that Missouri Organic Recycling offers a superb line of top soil mixes, Nature Wise Compost, hardwood chips and premium mulches for all your gardening needs.