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! I sure wish they still had them … I’d be over there right now checking their progress lol!
I love gardening and this is my favorite time of year to do it. I usually spend lots of time outdoors planting and working in the flower gardens even though I live in an apartment. 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:
- If you see plants that are not in very good shape ask the manager if they’ll give you a discount! I scored hanging flower baskets at a fraction of the cost because they were all wilted due to lack of water (they looked really bad). I took them home, dosed them with water and in a few days they looked great! You can also cut them back to promote new growth.
- Do the same with mulch and decorative rock. If you see torn bags, ask for a discount. Do you have a tree trimming service in your area? They may be able to provide you with FREE wood mulch!
- 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. This also great for those who grow veggies in containers!
- At the end of the year buy seeds on sale and refrigerate them in a brown paper bag. They’ll last a few years after the use by date!
- 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.
- Use coupons whenever possible like this $2.00/1 Miracle Gro coupon here!
If you have any frugal gardening tips of your own, let us know!