We’re already at Frugal Tips Friday #6: Frugal Garden Tips
Here are a few of my own tips. If you have a large container, don’t try to fill the whole thing with potting soil. Instead fill it maybe halfway up with pine cones, depending on the size of your container.
In Texas I lived in the land of the pines and they were everywhere. Not so much here. But I loved using them because they are natural. Otherwise you’re going to spend a lot of money on potting soil.
If I don’t have anything else to fill the pot I will use the little plastic pots plants come in and put them in the bottom of the container. But I prefer pine cones.
Doing this will also help your back if you’re having to move the pot around much. Pine cones aren’t anywhere near as heavy as potting or garden soil.
Also if you have neighbors who garden, ask if they’d like to trade plant starts/cuttings. I have gotten quite a few from you readers over the years! That sedum autumn joy one of you sent is gorgeous every year. And last year I divided it and now I have another one in a smaller pot.
Another tip: I don’t use chemicals in my garden space. There are ways to use coffee grounds, baking soda, egg shells and other household products you probably already have in your house/kitchen or normally throw away. You can find these tips at this post.
You can install drip irrigation to save water. Don’t be wasting water and raising your water bill!
You can plant seeds and also divide the plants you have to create even more plants. Use these in another part of your garden or trade for plants you don’t currently have with neighbors and friends.
Host a plant swap party. Invite your friends, fix some iced tea and plan to talk plants while you swap.
Cut up plastic milk jugs to make plant markers. Take a water proof pin and write the plant name on the strip and stick it in your pot or seedlings.
You can also put pin pricks in the milk jug lid and use the milk jug to water plants with.
Start seedlings indoors early. You can put seeds in meat trays, broken egg shells, empty toilet paper rolls, etc. That way you don’t have to spend any money on the containers for seeds.
I haven’t had much luck with seeds, but they sure are cheaper.
Okay, it’s your turn now. Bring on the frugal gardening tips!
I’m taking Charlie and dropping him off to get groomed but I will be right back.