Bulk buying with friends is a great way to cut costs for things like mulch, fertiliser and plant stakes.
A smear of vaseline around the rim of plant pots keeps slugs off – cheaper than copper bands! For 10 pots this will save you around £15.
Between 30% and 53% (by weight) of domestic refuse does not fit under the headings of paper, glass, metals or plastic. The largest fraction is food and garden waste (grass cuttings, leaves and pruning waste). This can be composted and ensure you have a constant supply of soil enrichment material, it also saves precious peat bogs and reduces your cost of buying fertilisers.
You can also add shredded paper, egg shells, tea bags, and other organic materials to the mix to produce a balanced product ready to:
Depending on the size of your garden you could save £50 upwards.
Here are a couple of easy ways to make your own compost heap:
Make up your compost heap rapidly for the best composting action. Try to ensure that the material is not so soft that it collapses internally stopping air circulating (lawn cuttings do this) nor so stiff that it resists decay and becomes too open, thus drying out.
For more details on the best way to make up a compost heap click here.