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What is your yard budget?

January 24, 2013

What is this?  I don’t usually consider my budget when buying seed packets?  That seems ridiculous!

Yup, I know.  It’s no fun to put limits on the dreamy nature of garden planning.  BUT, it’s a fact of life that we will all have a limited amount of money in our lifetime.  (If you don’t agree with me… think about it for a bit…)  So even though gardening is a sweet passion for most of us, it certainly won’t be all we do with our lives.  And that brings me back to, “what’s your number?”  Pick a value that has meaning to you.  It may be that you set aside $100 / month.  I like to aim for $1000/ year.  And that goes FAST!  If you’re lucky and can afford more, AWESOME!!!  Get planting!!

By doing this though, you can make good decisions like, if you are buying all new yard furniture one year, it might be a good idea to start your plants from seed that year as opposed to buying plantlings, which can be exponentially more money.  I also don’t like to mow my lawn, so we pay someone to do that.  I know that if I want more disposable gardening money in any year, I just mow it myself… no big deal!  (Yeah, ask my husband though and you’ll see that I’ve never mowed the lawn… :-))

So take a look at my UNGardening Budget Planner.  You’ll see that it’s broken down into categories to help you think through all the possible expenses.  Don’t worry though if you miss a few things or if you just can’t think of everything right now.  Just get to work, get it done, print it out, and put it into your UNgardening Binder.  As the months progress you will be updating it in pencil, and keeping your receipts in a ziploc bag.  Then you will print it out as a final copy next year when you do this exercise for next year’s garden.  Keep to your 30 minutes!  If you stick to that regularly, your inner perfectionist won’t stop you from achieving your dream garden this year!


The UNgardener

Click here for some great excel templates from Microsoft!  I have used the second one for years, but am intrigued by the first.  I will be trying it out this year.




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