5 Free and Cheap Gardening Supplies

Check out these 5 Free and Cheap Gardening Supplies that you probably already have on-hand! From mulch to planting pots, you’ll be amazed!

5 Free and Cheap Gardening Supplies

Gardening is fun, and while many of us have dreams of transforming our front yard or garden into an ideal home garden, the mere thought of how to start, or how to bring in the various supplies needed for the task is somewhat daunting. Arguably, gardening supplies are essential in making a perfect garden. Below, I will show you how to get some home gardening must-haves free or quite inexpensively with these 5 Free and Cheap Gardening Supplies (and ideas)!

5 Free and Cheap Gardening Supplies

5 Free and Cheap Gardening Supplies


Compost is important for any home gardening project, and the good news is; you can make your own compost at home! However, you’ll need to plan in advance because it takes about 6 – 8 weeks for compost to mature. First, choose a secluded part of the garden to dig a compost pit where you toss in a balance of both the brown and the green foliage. The browns consist of dead leaves, grass and twigs, while the greens are your vegetable and fruit scraps and peels from your kitchen. Always choose organic and nutrient rich greens and vegetables for a nutrient rich compost for your gardening project. Occasionally, add water and mix the compost contents to help the compost decompose and age well. Keep the compost pit covered and well labelled at all times.


Mulching your garden is important to keep the weeds at bay. You can mulch using grass mowed from your lawn or from that of your neighbor – just ask politely. In many counties, Tree Service companies, responsible for the cutting down of trees are often willing to give the wood chips at no charge. A simple enquiry in your area would give you an idea of when and where they plan to cut trees next. Usually, they will offer to deliver the wood chips  to your home at no cost to you. Also, an enquiry at your local Freecycle or Craigslist might yield some good leads. One great tip to remember is to mix your mulch with used coffee grounds for some extra nitrates.

Seeds, Plant Stems and Roots:

Fruits and vegetables, such as, squashes, melons, cucumbers, etc, have seeds that grow easily in any good soil. Right from your kitchen, you can dry and preserve such seeds until you are ready to plant them. Alternatively, you can barter such seeds at your local Farmer’s Market or at the local Craigslist. Also, do not toss away the stems or roots of the herbs and vegetables from your kitchen. Instead, plant them in a container. Stems and roots from, say, scallions, garlic, basil and cilantro sprout easily when planted. Remember the occasional visit to your local Farmer’s Market is a good way of getting plants stems quite inexpensively or free of charge.

Planting Pots and Containers:

Most young plants need their own pots to grow. Incidentally, you can recycle most of the containers that you already use at home; e.g., used containers of milk, yogurt, biscuits, water bottles, strawberry containers, etc. It is also easy to make some by hand using old newspapers, used toilet paper roll holders, clothing pegs, etc. Remember to check out your local Freecycle and Craigslist for planting pots and containers. You’ll be surprised to find some for under $1 or someone willing to barter theirs for something you already have.

Picket Fence Railings:

Believe it or not, you can make a stylish picket fence for your garden at almost no cost. In many places, bamboo trees grow endlessly, and their owners do not mind if you ‘kindly’ asked for permission to cut a few stems. With a little more ingenuity, you’ll find yourself able to build a stylish picket fence for your garden from scratch. Alternatively, if you live close to a beachside town, you are likely to come across dumped wooden pallets. Such pallets, filed into neat slabs, make a beautiful picket fence for any home garden.

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5 Free and Cheap Gardening Supplies