Designed by BBC Morning Live's resident gardener Mark Lane, the ‘RHS and BBC Morning Live Budget Friendly Garden’ will show ways to use household goods and equipment in the garden, and includes the use of cheap and readily-available drought-tolerant plants, as well as recycled materials such as scaffold boards, plant pots and pallets.
The fully accessible garden aims to inspire gardeners of all abilities. Full of fruit, vegetables and edible flowers, including some that can be grown from food waste, it will demonstrate that you don't need a large space to feed the family with home grown produce.
Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Gardens & Shows said: ‘We’re delighted to be partnering with BBC Morning Live on this garden to help highlight ways people can garden on a budget. Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive and there are lots of ways through plant propagation, reusing and recycling materials and water conservation that means everyone can continue to garden and grow whilst also saving money.’
Here are five of Mark Lanes top money saving tips:
1. Save money and make plant labels and a compost scoop from a plastic milk bottle.
2. Rather than spending money on hormone rooting powder/gel, search your cupboards for honey and cinnamon.
3. Make a drip-irrigation device for houseplants from a recycled plastic bottle, a cotton bud, a bamboo cane and an elastic band.
4. Deter slugs by making your own organic spray from garlic.
5. Grow tomatoes, strawberries and lettuce from leftovers found in the bottom of your fridge.
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival runs from 4 - 9 July and tickets are available to buy online at www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt
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