Saturday, September 26, 2009
Gardening on the Cheap
As I sit here typing, it's cold and rainy outside, definitely feels like fall. But my flower garden is loving this weather and since our days together are numbered, I thought I would do a blog post about my garden.
So, the last flower garden I tilled and planted was definitely done on the cheap. One nursery was closing for the season and I got several flats of perennials and annuals and a butterfly bush for $20. The smaller back portion of the garden I planted mid July and consists of perennials I bought at a customer appreciation day at a nursery for $15 a flat (18 plants in a flat)! They were teeny tiny and have grown a lot since then. So $35 for all the plants in this garden really is cheap. Many of the flowers that are giving me great pleasure right now are ones I grew from seed just plunked right in the ground and tended by Mother Nature: zinnias, cosmos, morning glory and cleome (something ate my sunflowers).
The cheapest plants; one's that were there when you bought the house! I love this old yellow rose. It blooms twice a year and it one of the most fragrant varieties I've ever smelled.
Some frugal gardening pages on the web...
Hillybilly Housewife Garden Tips
The Frugal Gardener