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2014

Frugal Gardening Tips

Don’t these strawberries look yummy!  The above picture is from Melissa’s strawberry patch a few years ago and believe me they were good! Now that I no longer live with them I’m gonna have to sneak over and help myself to some…shhhhhh, don’t tell :)

Now for the money saving tips….

If you have any frugal gardening tips of your own, let us know!

This is my favorite time of year.  I usually spend lots of time outdoors planting and working in the flower gardens. What I don’t like is having to spend lots of money doing it.  I couldn’t believe the price of Miracle Grow potting soil these days. The price of flowers seems to have skyrocketed too!  Here’s some money saving tips I found to help keep the cost of one of my favorite hobbies down:

  • When I buy flowers I save the plastic containers they come in (the round plastic ones are the best).  I turn one upside down and place it in the bottom of one of my large flower pots. This provides drainage for the plants and takes up space so I so don’t use nearly as much potting soil. Annuals don’t need a lot of  room for their root systems because they have such a short growing season, dying with the first good freeze.
  • Sprinkle salt between decorative rocks or patio stones to keep grass from growing and to kill weeds.
  • You can also use full strength vinegar to kill grass and weeds between rocks and in sidewalk cracks.
  • Here’s two recipes for pest control: #1 mix a tablespoon of dish soap with a cup of cooking oil.  Mix 3 tablespoons of this with 1 quart of water and spray on plants. #2 Steep about 6-8 cloves of garlic with some red pepper flakes in a quart of water.  Let this mixture set for about a week and then spray on plants.
  • Another use for vinegar:  Clean the white salt buildup on clay pots by soaking them in undiluted vinegar.
  • Stale coffee and coffee grounds make great organic (and cheap) fertilizer. They provide many trace minerals as well as  nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous.

Do you have a good money saving tip for gardening?

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  • Christy Anderson May 30, 2013, 3:16 PM

    Thanks for the tips! I’m trying out a little garden for the first time…from seeds. I just put the coffee grounds from my coffee this morning in the garden! I hope I see some results soon…I have a lot growing, but no blooms or veggies yet.

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  • Christine March 21, 2014, 10:53 PM

    I have a problem with ants in my garden on my trees and i don’t want them in my house any idea to keep them off and away

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    • Queen Mum March 22, 2014, 5:25 PM

      Ants are beneficial as they eat fleas and other more irritating pests. If you see them around a door or window try using salt or cayenne pepper. That usually does the trick to keep them out :)

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