9 Gardening Supplies You Can Get for Free

One of the most common reasons people give for not starting a garden is that they can’t afford it.

Gardening certainly can be an expensive endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be.

If you want to grow your own food without spending an arm and leg on supplies there are many gardening supplies you can get very cheaply or even for free.

Fall leaves can be saved to use for mulch in the summer or used for a fall mulch. If your neighbors or friends rake and bag their leaves ask if you can take them off their hands.


Join a seed exchange. Even if you don’t have seeds to share this year you can join in with the promise of saving seeds from this year’s produce and share them the following season.


Use your recyclables! Yogurt cups and containers make great planters, as do milk cartons or cut-off jugs.

Seed starting containers

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