10 Frugal Homemade Garden Remedies
Grandma knew how to take care of her garden for just pennies. After all, she grew one because it was essential, not just because it was pretty or fun. And because it was essential, she had to take care of her garden on a tight budget to make it grow and last for less. With just a few household ingredients, you too can try Grandma’s frugal homemade garden remedies and make your garden grow for less. You can feed your plants, keep pests at bay, and make it look lush and lovely with just a few tips and tricks. Grandma knew all of the secrets when it came to gardening on a dime, and now you are going to know these secrets too. Take a look below at ten frugal homemade garden remedies you can try this weekend!
Frugal Homemade Garden Remedies
1. Give the birds a sip.
Birds often flock to your garden for sips of water which they find in your produce. To keep them from pecking at produce keep a bird bath or shallow dishes of water in the center of your garden. The cost varies, but a simple shallow dish of water should be no more than $1.00.
2. Save those banana peels.
Banana peels are rich in nutrients such as potassium. Plants love this nutrient just as much as our bodies do, so save your peels and turn them into your soil. They will break down and feed your plants a healthy treat. Your final cost? Free!
3. Crack a few shells.
Did you have eggs at breakfast? Hang on to those shells. Crush them finely and then turn them into your soil as well. The shells retain a great deal of nutrients that they will infuse into your soil. What does this cost you? Zilch!
4. Wash away the deer.
Place a bar of strongly scented soap in a muslin bag and hang on a branch to repel deer. They can quickly devour your plants if you are not careful, so “wash them away” with some simple soap. Soap can be purchased for as low as$1.00 a bar or use one from your stockpile.
5. Sprinkle some cinnamon.
Did you know that ants hate cinnamon? Sprinkle a thick like of it around plants they are attracted too such as peonies. They won’t want to come near and your plants will have a better chance at thriving. Your cost? $2-$3.
6. Bring on the heat.
Many other pests hate hot smells and flavors. Boil hot peppers and place the peppers as well as the water around plants that they tend to like. They won’t come anywhere near! This won’t cost you a dime if you have peppers such as these growing in your garden already.
7. Fight fungus with a tea party.
Chamomile tea is not only tasty for you, but it can fight off fungus as well. Next time you enjoy a cup, reserve a little and pour directly on and around your fungus prone plants. Problem solved. A box of tea such as this will cost you around $3.00.
8. Sprinkle some salt.
Have some stubborn weeds? Just grab some table salt and pour it directly on the weeds that refuse to die. Allow the salt to sit and naturally it will kill the weeks. No expensive killers and no harsh chemicals required. Final cost? Less than $1.00.
9. Grab a cigarette.
Not for smoking, but for keeping away tiny pests such as aphids. All you need to do is soak the tobacco from a couple of cigarettes in water, preferably overnight. Then, just pour the mixture over the plants that aphids seem to be snacking on. Your final cost for this tip will vary.
10. Behold the magic of marigolds.
Gardeners swear that marigolds planted around the border of your garden can keep pests such as rabbits and even worms away. A few plants is all you need for this and they will create a defense allowing your garden to grow in peace. You can purchase marigolds for just $1.00 or so per four cell pack.
See how easy it is to tend to your garden for less? You don’t have to dig deep in your pockets, nor do you have to have the greenest thumb in town. All you need to do is give a few of these frugal gardening tips a try and watch the magic happen.
So gather your supplies, head to the garden, and watch it bloom for less.