03 February 2009

What Is Gardening On A Budget?

OK, the dilemma is that there will be fewer vacations taken away from home this year. So, we all have to fix up our front and back yards for those stay at home vacations.
And, we want to put in a few vegetables for the table, herbs for the salad bowl and flowers to cheer up the home space. Then there are pots of lush greenery we need to decorate front and back porch, patio, deck. So, what are you going to do to accomplish all that and stay within your budget?

In Sydney, Australia at the Botanic Garden they are celebrating the Chinese New Year by featuring some of the plants from China. Kung Hei Fat Choy – Happy New Year.
At their site, you will find nine plant databases at this link - the main one is PlantNET. Scroll down that page to the 4 link icons and research your heart out!
The photo below was posted onto the Trillium list tonight. You can view Trillium and Woodland Plant section of the FloraPix Gallery at http://florapix.nl/trillium-L Enjoy!


Linda VanDewark Stoodley said...

For me, gardening on a budget is fairly easy. For herbs I try and take cuttings from my current plants and root them to increase my supply. I buy Lemongrass roots at the grocery store and root them right in the soil. A bunch of lemongrass shoots can be bought for about $1.00 or so Canadian. Quick easy and inexpensive way to get my herb plants.

In the late summer, a local Canadian Tire Store puts all their left over 4" pots of bedding plants and herbs on sale for 25 cents each. I purchase way too many, can't resist a bargain, and plant them up into larger pots. Come late fall, I move as many as I can indoors to save for next year.

My vegetable gardening consists of peas and beans from seed, and purchased Heritage Tomato plants. Some onion sets, and squash from seed.

Sally said...

I agree with Linda that it helps to try to grow as much from seed as possible. Also, ask some of your friends who grow from seed if they have any extra seedlings they can't fit in their garden plots. They would hate to see their work go to waste.
Divide perennials you already have and swap them with other gardeners. In Boston we have an event known as the Perennial Divide that people participate in for that purpose.
Also, as Linda said, there are bargains in the late summer. I picked up a few perennials at a discount last year.