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Saving Money on Gardening

Have a green thumb and a tight budget? I have found that if I go to garden centers in the big box home improvement stores on the day after their vendors go through the plants, I can find some real bargains. I have bought some puny plants that were in planters which cost more than the plant was reduced to!

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Generally all the plants need is a little water and some TLC. I bring them home, put them in a shady spot, and keep them well-watered for several days before planting them out.

The stores usually have them on rolling carts toward the back of the garden section. If you don't see them, ask someone. The folks in the garden center are happy to show you to help get them out of there.

Don't be afraid to ask if they will reduce something that is less than vibrant. A little clipping, plant fertilizer and watering can revive most annuals which are droopy. I have been doing this for several years and have lost very few plants. At the price I got them for, that didn't amount to much money.

By Sandy from Elon, NC

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Having beautiful flower beds doesn't have to be just a dream. I have found many frugal ways to fill my gardens with perennials, bushes, and trees.

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January 20, 2013

I have a large yard with a lot of trees that requires a lot of work. I am always having to pick up limbs, spread mulch, etc. Then I came up with the idea to use my 30 gallon large garbage can on wheels that I had purchased from a discount store.

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April 5, 2007

Here are some money saving tips on gardening equipment and supplies from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own here.

Supplies on shelves.

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I'm frugal, but do afford myself the "luxury" of buying the small plants for my backyard raised garden and flower beds. Today I decided to get started with the planting and stopped to by a few plants from a mom and pop's roadside stand not far from home.

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February 6, 2009

Spring is right around the corner. Here are some tips for saving money on gardening. Post your own ideas here.

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We're encouraged to use raised garden beds for our veggies here. Aside from our incredible compost bin, Chris wanted to mix Black Cow with the soil he'd bought. He chafed at the price specially after deciding he needed one more bag.

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh
May 17, 2007

Spring gardening can sometimes add up to quite a chunk of cash. Instead of burying your money in the soil, plant some of these seeds and grow some savings.

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September 20, 2005

Ask your local gardening center for any torn or broken bags of mulch, potting soil, woodchips, fertililzer, etc. They sell these at discounted prices to move them out.

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I just moved into a house at the beginning of March. I am excited to finally have a yard, but have found that supplies to beautify the yard are very expensive. I would appreciate any suggestions. Namely, any ideas about where to get free plants?

Hardiness Zone: 5a

By Tamara Jestice from Loveland, OH

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June 3, 20090 found this helpful

You can buy seeds very cheaply. Dollar Tree often sells them for 10 cents a package. Start them in the house and then put them outside. If you want to spend a bit more you can buy coleus seeds. Keep the plants in pots and bring them inside when the summer is over. They will continue to grow and you can root more plants from cuttings.

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The best way to make a garden is to build a raised bed,this picture may help you,do not have to remove grass,just put down several layers of news papers or plastic,put cement blocks around it,on top of the paper or plastic to hold it down & to keep the grass & weeds from growing, then fill it with composted manure from Lowe's,get a bag of 10-10-10- fertilizer from the same place. After you have it filled sprinkle a light layer of the fertilizer on top then rack it in with a yard rack, you are ready to plant. I have done this for many years it works, You do not have to rebuild a garden any more, just add more manure as needed in about a year. I do all this with a wheel bar, hoe, yard rack & a bucket, about a 3 gallon or 5 gall will help you. If you plant tomatoes you will need to stake them if they get tall enough to fall over,you can also locate any info online, search for "how to grow" tomatoes & etc. Good luck.

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Ask, ask, ask! Most of us with established gardens would happily share cuttings and divisions of plants. The same with tools and some other materials. I bet there are lot of us who have an extra trellis, or planter in the garage that would love to share! Garage sales are a great place to find shovels, etc. Watch the clearance areas in the garden centers or garden parts of stores. Often plants that are past their bloom time will be on clearance.

But don't be hesistant to ask people! Put a note up at church, make a few calls, check craiglist! Good luck!

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June 3, 20090 found this helpful

You guys are wonderful! This is one of my favorite sites! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful suggestions!

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I moved into my home 4 years ago & also didn't own any gardening supplies. I found some of my larger tools at garage sales, some of the smaller ones I bought at the dollar store (buy 2 because they break easily) & some of the best deals I got at liquidation stores like Big Lost. Big Lots sells quality garden hoses & tools for half the price of Home Depot.

Top get my plants I propagated my own English Laurel hedges (nearly free). All it took was 2 bags of playground sand in a flat box that I lined with a garbage bag. You'll have to buy rooting soil & just Google "Propagating" or the words "rooting plants". Some root better than others.

And don't forget about Farmers Markets for less expensive plants. I bet you could also work for some of these people in exchange for plants! There are also seed exchange clubs on the web.

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Check out the website freecycle.org. I don't know if you are wanting to plant flowers or veggies, but this site is good for flowers. Please know that if you sign up for freecycle.org you will get posts that will let you know everything that is being posted, but everything on this site has to be FREE....so be patient. (you might find other things you are looking for for free ie gardening supplies) Every so often there is a post stating 'free xx flower come get and you can have'. As for veggies....farmer's market. I live in central IL so I thought that the idea of a farmer's market would not be near me. I found out differently. They are great! Enjoy your gardening!

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January 19, 2018

One way to save money on bulbs is to check the discounted items at your local garden center or nursery. Many bulbs can be planted throughout the year, even if it is too late for them to bloom the first year. This is a page about saving money on bulbs.

Bulbs Held outside ready to be planted

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September 5, 2019

If you are looking for free pots, check with the garden center at your local hardware store.

Free Flower Pots at Lowe's Garden Center - shelves with plastic pots

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April 28, 2016

This is a page about save money shopping end-of-season plant sales. One easy way to save money on plants it to shop at the end of the season.

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September 25, 2013

This page is about saving money on seeds. End of the season and discount stores seed packs, as well as, seed exchanges can reduce the cost of planting your flower and vegetable gardens.

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