The cost of growing plants indoors can soon mount up, especially if you want to grow specialist plants and need to purchase lighting, ventilation and other expensive equipment. In this article, we have some tips for those looking to grow plants indoors on a budget.
Grow plants from seeds
Seeds are much cheaper to purchase than fully fledged plants, plus you will get many more seeds in a packet compared to buying a single plant. It might take more time and effort to get your seeds to grow into plants, but it is worth it when you look at the cost savings. It can also be a really rewarding experience when you start with seeds and turn them into fully grown plants that produce beautiful flowers, fruits or vegetables that you can enjoy. Some plants can be harder than others to grow from seed. To maximise your success rate, make sure you research to find plants that grow easily from seeds.
Make your own soil
Creating a compost heap in your garden is a great way to produce nutrient-rich soil that can be used in your indoor gardening projects. Composting is also good for the environment as it reduces the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill sites. Starting a compost heap is easy with just a container in your garden. After a while of adding scraps and food debris, you will have nutrient-rich compost that can help your plants to grow and thrive. Take a look online at creating a DIY compost heap and what you’ll need to do to ensure the compost produced is of great quality.
Utilise items you already own
When creating an indoor garden on a budget, you should assess what things you already have in your home that you can use to reduce the cost of growing plants. You might find you have a number of spare containers that can be used as plant pots. The bottom of bottles, old containers and a number of other things can be used as plant pots. You can even paint and decorate them to make them look more appealing; this alone will save you a considerable amount of money. You may also want to get some plant pot saucers to stop water from leaking out of your plants and allow them to access more water if needed. Plant pot saucers can be made from plastic lids, old plates, old containers and even old bottles that have been cut down. By utilising things you have in your home, you can reduce the costs and replace these items gradually once you have more money available.
Only grow what you need
The cost of having a few plants is much less than being overrun with lots of plants. Plus, more plants means you need to dedicate more time to ensure that they’re all well looked after. Choose your plants wisely and avoid impulse decisions; buying expensive plants that need complex care could end up costing you lots of money and result in a plant that’s no longer salvageable. If you’re a beginner, you should stick to a few plants that are easy to grow and won’t easily die. The cost of replacing dead plants will make your indoor garden much more expensive. You can always try adding a few more complex plants later in your gardening journey, but always do your research and ensure you fully understand how to take care of the plants you’re buying before purchasing.
Grow plants you can eat
When you grow plants, you can eat any money that you spend on their growth that can be recovered from the reduction in your grocery bill. It can also be really fulfilling to grow and eat your own fruits and vegetables. Here is a list of vegetables you can grow indoors. Choose things you regularly eat and plants that are suitable to grow indoors. You can also work out the cost of growing items compared to buying them from the shop. Things that are cheap to grow but expensive to purchase are the best choice for maximising your budget and saving money.
Indoor gardening doesn't need to be expensive, and in some cases, you can even save money on other things you may regularly purchase. Always research and consider the cost, your home environment, and your skills, and utilise anything you already have at home to help reduce costs.