Many garden supply stores are cram-packed with the latest gadgets and tools to help you to get your garden looking its best. While it is tempting to grab every new invention on the market, this can really add up! Gardening is a hugely cost-effective way of growing your own food and landscaping around your home. Therefore, it defeats the purpose to overspend on supplies.
Yet, there are some wise investments that really pay dividends in how your garden functions and looks. In twenty years of gardening, I have found the following garden supplies to be sound investments. Here are my top picks of best investments for your garden.
If you live in a climate where it gets cold in the Autumn and Winter, some type of greenhouse can be a great investment. You don’t have to spend a lot on a large, spacious greenhouse either (although the extra space means you can grow more plants). You can even find free instructions for making your own mini greenhouse online. A super cost – effective way of making a micro greenhouse is simply to recycle a clear plastic bag by using it to cover planting trays and pots. The plastic bag works to keep in heat, helping your plants to grow.
In short, a greenhouse, whatever type, boosts plant growth and protects from frost damage. It can also make it possible to grow plants through the Autumn and Winter months. Imagine having fresh carrots and lettuce in January. A greenhouse is definitely worth it!
A compost bin allows you to recycle both garden and kitchen waste to produce rich healthy compost for planting. Compost can be very expensive to buy at a garden supply store. Often, store bought compost is not as good of quality as what you can produce at home. A composter is a great investment for three reasons. It recycles waste from your household and garden. It also saves you money on buying compost. Thirdly, a composter will help you to produce strong, healthy plants.
A water butt is a large container with a tap which allows you to collect rainwater and dispense it to water your plants. This is an excellent green investment for your garden. A water butt reuses water and also saves on your water bill. In addition, plants respond better to rainwater than water from the household tap.
You can buy water butts which have a tap at a garden supply store. You can also make your own simply by leaving watering cans or buckets outside during a rain. The water you collect can be gently poured on to plants to provide them with a refreshing and nourishing drink.
The best investments for your garden are simple but provide what plants need most – sun, water and nourishment.