Plan Before You Buy! Plan everything out so plants and seeds do not go to waste. Research the plants that you want so you don’t end up buying a shady plant for a sunny spot – if it dies then it is not only money down the drain, it is also more work you will have to do later!
Check with your local Arboretum and Botanical Gardens! They usually have special sales a few times a season on plants that are well taken care of. The staff is also knowledgeable and willing to help you out.
Share Rental Costs! If you need to rent a tiller or other landscaping item (chipper, green waste dumpster, etc) then see if a neighbor, family member, or friend needs it too. Splitting the rental cost or space can save a lot of money.
Got Slugs? Kill them with beer. Fill beer in a small empty container (about the size of those throw away ziploc containers or a small butter tub). Dig down into the soil so the top of the container is flush with the ground. Leave it overnight and the slugs will drown in the liquid. Refill it and keep it up until you do not see any more slugs!
Use Native Plants. They are easier to care for and more hardy.
Create Your Own Compost! Compost your kitchen scraps and use that in your garden. It is cheap, saves the landfills, and will be beneficial for your plants.
Line the Beds with Newspaper. It will help keep the weeds back, but will decompose (unlike plastic liners).
Use a Cheap Insecticide. This works well on flowers. 1-2% baking soda mixed in water with a small amount of Safer’s Insecticidal Soap