Gardening can be a great way to reduce stress. It’s actually been shown to reduce your body’s cortisol levels, a chemical your body creates when you’re stressed. However, gardening isn’t always an inexpensive hobby, which can make your stress-free activity a little, well, stressful. The good news is that there are a few key ways you can stay on a budget while also treating your green thumb. Here are some tips you can use to keep up with your gardening hobby without spending a small fortune.
Invest in used gardening equipment
Standard gardening tool sets can cost up to $150 while fancier tools may cost even more. Instead of investing in brand new tools, consider opting for used gardening tools instead. Check out websites where you can buy these tools secondhand like eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace. Of course, you want to be sure that you test any pre-owned tool before you buy it. Gardening tools come coated for two reasons, decoration and protection, to keep them safe from rust. Chips on the surface of pre-owned gardening tools are a sign that the investment might not be worth it.
Visit the farmer’s market
While it’s true that making improvements to your home’s landscaping can increase your home’s value by up to 14%, up to 26% of homebuyers struggle to afford a home in the first place because of debt. Making big investments in expensive shrubs, plants, and gardening equipment can dig you deeper into that debt ditch. Fortunately, you can find inexpensive alternatives to popular plants at your gardening store right at your local farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets offer a wide array of products, not just food. Sellers may offer seeds you can grow, pre-potted plants, and gardening equipment at lower prices than those found elsewhere.
Give 3D printing a try
3D Printers today are pretty impressive. One of the more impressive uses involved the creation of a 3D printed bridge capable of holding 250 pounds. If you have a 3D printer in your home or a family member who has one, you may actually be able to save a substantial amount of money by 3D printing some tools. Some gardening tools and accessories that have been 3D printed in the past include Y-splitters, sprinklers, watering cans, plant labels, shovels, and hand rakes.
You don’t need to break your budget to afford the tools you need to make your garden a relaxing oasis. Try out some of the tips above to cut down on gardening tool costs.