Don’t worry! This isn’t a lecture and no one is going to the naughty chair. We all do things that waste money in the garden. It’s simply part of the learning process. And the good news is, you can more than make up for it as you progress as a gardener through careful plant care, and learning things like seed starting and propagation. But first, let’s see how we’re burning money as gardeners and what we can do about it.
If you love the topic of frugal gardening, also see How to Grow a Dream Garden on $100 a Year.
10 Garden Mistakes That Waste Money
This is one of my favourite garden topics because, whenever I write about it, I remember how lost I was when I started gardening and how comical some of my mishaps were! I mean, seriously comical mishaps, which I might share in another 50 years when the sting wears off.
Unless you grew up with your hands in the dirt, and (probably) a parent or two who were avid, knowledgeable gardeners, you likely find yourself now with the garden dream but very little practical knowledge.
That was me, for sure. My mother is (and her father was) a fabulous gardener, but I never really participated in what they were doing. Sometimes I think that’s the best trick to ensure you pass along your love of gardening to another generation: let the children experience the beauty and aw of it, without any pressure to work or (intentionally) learn, beyond knowing how to fetch fresh veggies for dinner or drop some seeds in the ground.
When you get ready to create your first garden or inherit one with a new home, it is daunting. So many mistakes waiting to happen!
I don’t even want to think of all of the gorgeous plants I carted home on my meager budget only to plant them in a bad location, or place them in unhealthy soil, or not even get around to planting them at all! It’s just like any other shopping adrenalin rush: sometimes the thrill is entirely at the shop.
But this doesn’t end in regrets. Wasting money in one’s early gardening years—or life in general for that matter— is akin to the cost of learning. Think of it as course fees in the School of Gardening. And, if you’re lucky, you can avoid the really costly ones and stick to a few, laughable face palms later on.
I like to think it’s easier now with so much good advice available online. Back in my day (yes, you can say that with a funny voice), I was at the mercy of a few gardening books that may or may not have been the best quality or suited to my growing zone. Trial and error were my guides.
I wrote this post, 10 Garden Mistakes That Waste Money, on my blog at eBay where I collaborate as a blogger.
You’ll find a list of 10 common mistakes that can really add up. Some of them are obvious, others, not so much.
I also make suggestions about what you can do to correct or avoid them. After all, the goal is to have the healthiest garden possible with the best use of all resources.
Have a look if any are familiar to you. And I’d love to hear any you have to share.