Happy Friday - it's time for another Ten on the 10th!
Several bloggers join together for this to share great ideas that all cost less than $10. Today I'm talking about gardening because soon we will be starting from scratch and that can be expensive!
We lived in our last house 4 1/2 years and in that time we transformed the front and back yards from a blank slate to a beautiful, lush garden. Now don't get me wrong...we spent a good bit of money on that yard. But along the way, we have learned tricks and tips to save money that might help you too.
1. Learn about gardening in your area. This is one of the easiest ways to make sure the money you spend is spent wisely. Knowing a little about gardening zones, what grows well in your zone, and understanding light and water needs is an easy start. Does that sound like a lot?
Two weeks ago we attended a free gardening class at our favorite nursery. We listened to an amazing speaker who shared tips about the newest plants that have been "right sized" for urban yards. We listened, were encouraged, and received free books to take as we left. The cost for that was $0! Look around and see how you can be educated for very little cost. The library is an excellent resource. Checking the websites of your state universities is another way to learn local information.
2. Join together with other gardeners. Through my local Butterfly Brigade volunteer group, I received packets of seeds this past week. We will definitely be planting another butterfly garden at our new house and having these packs of seeds will be a wonderful start. I have enjoyed being with this group of people working for a common cause so much. Cost for this $0.
3. Plant perennials. Sometimes perennials cost a little more up front but they come back year after year. You get to experience the JOY of the plant peeking out of the ground early in the spring and you don't have to replant. Another bonus, as time passes almost all perennials can be split and spread throughout your garden. Win win!
4. Share or pass along! Gardeners are generally nice people. Several plants that we have and love were passed along to us from other gardeners who came before us. My dad has passed irises to us. My husband's grandmother passed amaryllis to us. We brought those plants with us and they are currently snug in pots on the back patio.
We do not have a yard at this moment but hope to move into our new house in June. We will have some shade at the new house and can't wait for the chance to plant some shade plants. For this challenge I spent $7.00 on caladium bulbs that I'll be planting in a pot for awhile. When we get to the new house we will transplant them to the ground. Around here, many people dig up their caladium bulbs when winter arrives and then they can be planted again the next year. Come back plants save money.
I'm sure you are like me and getting super excited about spring planting time. I'll try to share more tips as time passes and I hope you'll share yours too....because gardeners share. :)
I hope you'll pop over and visit these fabulous bloggers for Ten on the 10th.