Gardening, in general, is not expensive, but there are more ways to pinch a few pennies. Seeds are not expensive and can be found in many stores with a gardening department or stop by your local nursery. If you want organic seeds, then check the label. Once you have the seeds, all that is needed is the proper soil nutrient balance and supporting compost in mulch or fertilizer. Mulch is generally not expensive, so you can get whichever mulch fits within your budget. You can use both organic and inorganic mulch. The more expensive varieties don't necessarily mean a higher yield in value and return. Regardless of the price, check to ensure the ingredients are primarily natural and contain the right balance of nutrition for whatever plant you are growing. Regarding tools, you can use whatever gardening tools you have at your disposal; you can buy cheap sets or borrow some tools from family and friends. Once you have the seeds and tools, you are ready to be gardening. Make sure to plant the seeds according to your plant's guidelines. Do extensive research and ask your local nursery representative about what it takes to grow a specific plant. Once a plant is in the ground, all that's required is regular watering and occasional mulching, and fertilizer support. That is mostly all that it takes to the garden. There are a few hurdles to get over when gardening on a budget, but the steps are few, and the rest of the gardening process is free and requires little money. In a tough economy, everyone is looking to save money, and gardening is no different. Gardening is one of those hobbies that is cheap and usually requires no hefty burden on your wallet.