Fertiliser, manure, and weed-killer have all gone up in price in the last few months so, what tips do our green-fingered readers have to cut the cost of gardening.
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With summer in full swing many of us are spending a lot more time in, and money on, maintaining our gardens. With the endless war on weeds, a never-ending need for more pots and pricey single-use fertiliser, the nation’s favourite hobby can also be an expensive one.
After the Mirror reported on one Manchester woman’s cheap home-made weed-killer, a mixture of white vinegar, salt, and washing-up liquid, some of our green-fingered readers shared some of their favourite home-made weed-killers. Cheaper options like neat lemon juice, or double strength vinegar were all suggested as ways to cut down on the cost of gardening.
Importantly, these DIY solutions do not contain some of the harmful industrial chemicals that shop fertilisers can contain. Common weed-killers like Round-Up will typically contain Glyphosates, a broad-spectrum plant killer that is thought could cause cancer as well as wider damage to the food chain.
With the ONS reporting that gardening supplies had seen a 9.7 per cent inflation rise in the past year, finding ways to cut back on some of gardening’s expenses is essential in the current cost of living crisis.
So, what do you do in your garden to save money? Is there one gardening hack you swear by? Have your say below.
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