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Photo Description What is interesting here can't be seen in the picture. The Ajuga was a gift. The Pansies and Viola were on clearance last Fall for 10 cents per six cell pack. It's not the prettiest little niche garden, but when I consider it cost less than a dollar; I appreciate that I can be thrifty.
It was getting dark when I took this picture. The strange arrangement of colors is due to the fact that the flowers weren't labeled and not in bloom when I bought them. At the base of the rocks are some newly planted Ajuga reptans. They will soon spread and cover the bare ground.
Most of all, I appreciate Mother Nature.
What is interesting here can't be seen in the picture. The Ajuga was a gift. The Pansies and Viola were on clearance last Fall for 10 cents per six cell pack. It's not the prettiest little niche garden, but when I consider it cost less than a dollar; I appreciate that I can be thrifty.
Tarheel State (North Carolina)
Even if you don't have garden space you can get a few homegrown foods by adding a few choice vegetable plants to the scheme of your flower bed. Just pick your favorite veggies in unusual varieties. Good greens are lettuce, mustard, turnips, spinach, kale - curly or flat, come in all shades of green, red, purple, yellow and black.
You can get cabbages in purple, red, bluish, as well as green. If you get the winter decorative cabbages they even come in pink!- and they're still edible. You can grow beans as a great vine with flowers that are purple or red.
There is a super ornamental pepper with all the hot colors, yellow, orange, and red, that covers the plant with edible peppers. And of course my most favorite, tomatoes, can be found in small or tall plants and the yellow, pink, red or even white fruit. They all add just as much color and texture as flowers but with the plus of produce.
Healthy soil is the cornerstone of reducing garden maintenance. Fertile soil that is rich in organic matter is easier to work, results in fewer cultural problems, and reduces your overall workload. Make building and maintaining healthy soil your number one priority and you've won half the maintenance battle.
A weed is just a plant growing where you don't want it to. In some cases weeds can even be beneficial additions to your garden! Don't aim for eradicating weeds. Instead, set a goal of keeping them under control.
For an awesome, fail proof flower bed, select a location for your flower bed, being careful to remember what you want to grow, with or without sun. My favorite flower beds are under trees, surrounded with blocks. ALWAYS, throw all left over foods in your beds, including coffee grounds, egg shells, vegetables, cooked or raw, tea bags, anything except meat and dairy.
Make it a habit to throw used paper towels and or napkins in flower beds along with your Sunday newspaper, shredded by hand. Over time, this will compost and make great black soil! It is not necessary to wait to plant flowers, they will grow and hide all the paper and food under them.
Remember, never forget to throw these in your flower beds forever. Makes a great soil with simply your garbage. Why pay for potting soil when this is better!
By Sharon from Lakeland, FL
This is a guide about tips for cost efficient flower gardening. Having a beautiful flower garden doesn't have to be too expensive.