Secrets to Cut your Gardening Costs

By Michele Lucato Posted on May 13, 2023

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Secrets to Cut your Gardening Costs

Spring bouts of sunshine and showers are working together to make everything grow abundantly. This is great news for anyone with outside space that needs perking up.

Sunshine and rain are free, but many other aspects of gardening can be pricey, particularly when it comes to buying plants and tools. According to Statista, we spend an average of £678 on our gardens each year. So there have to be ways to cut that bill down.

One of my first principles is always to get as much as possible for free, and when it comes to growing things, there are freebies if you know where to look.

The free app Olio is a good place to start. This is a community of people who give away all sorts of things, from food and plants to cuttings, seeds, pots and other gardening items. You can also find free plants, pots and garden tools on such sites as,, Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree Free Stuff. You can post requests for items there, too.

Read Jasmine’s column in full here