Thursday, June 17, 2010

Gardening on a Budget

(Flowers my friend offered me from her garden)

Gardening can quickly become an expensive habit. You need the seeds, the plants, the pots, the tools, the mulch, etc. Before you know it, you're little vegetable garden, which was suppose to help you cut your grocery bills down, has become a pricey hobby.

One great way to avoid this trap is to keep your eye out for gardening tools at yard sales. Another great tip is to ask friends and family if they would let you take cuts from any of their plants. Hostas, lilies, daisies and dozens of other perennial flowers grow quickly. You can take pieces and move them to your own garden without hurting your friends.

Soon your flowerbeds will be full of beautiful plants and your wallet won't be empty. It's especially sweet because when you sit outside and enjoy your flowers, they'll remind you of the wonderful people who made it possible. You'll also be able to pass on the favor and offer your own perennials to friends in the future.

Photos by Ann Lee.

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