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Try this the next time you have a yard sale. I buy a package of seed starter cups (cost $1) and fill them with starter plants from my yard (ivy, daisies, etc.). Yard sale goers love plants! This makes my yard sale better and also thins out my flowerbeds at the same time. You may also meet someone that wants to trade plantings with you, so you can have a start of something new for yourself.
By Vguy from Earle, AR
Thank you so much Myrna!
By tjest from Loveland, OH
I also trade with girlfriends and find that I associate the plant with the girlfriend as I wander my flowerbeds. Trading can also be done with future consideration in mind. Keep track of the plants and, in the future, return the favor. I am growing some baby irises that were given to me and if they live and I can get them to multiply in my yard then the original owner would like a few back in return. I paid nothing for them and it is a win-win situation for him and me.
I also keep a running list on my computer as to the name of the perennial, when I got it, where it is planted, how much I paid or not paid, etc. This way when I go to a nursery or a plant sale somewhere, I know what I already have in my yard and don't purchase the same perennial again.