Friday, March 10, 2017

Tips for Saving Money in the Garden

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!

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.


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.

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

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.

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

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.

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

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!

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

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. 

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

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. 

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

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.

44 comments:

Katie Clooney said...

Stacey... your gardens were gorgeous. Your buyers hit the jackpot when they bought your house! Love the perrenial poster! Great tips - can't wait til it's warm enough to start gardening. Have a great weekend!!

Carole West said...

Pretty Gardens I bet you're already making plans for that new yard. I've been planting our garden this week and I have to agree with the perennials - I love them because the opportunity to propagate and expand is awesome.

Carole
Garden Up Green

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I saw your pretty gardens last Summer so I just know the gardens at your new home are going to be rocking!
Great tips too:)
Happy Friday!
J.

Eilis said...

Love me some perennials and butterfly gardens! We have a lot of empty spots in our beds right now, I have my work cut out for me. Thanks for some ideas.

Karen said...

All great tips, Stacey! I really love sharing plants too. I've got eight amaryllis bulbs in a pot that my uncle gave to me a couple of summers ago - one for each of my kids. They had belonged to my grandmother and he estimates them to be over 50 years old! As you may imagine, they are priceless to me! We moved into our home last spring but I still have them in the pot since they actually do pretty well being crowded. One day they'll go one by one with my kids. Hopefully they'll naturalize some before then and I can keep some for myself!
Thanks for sharing your tips! I'm planning to get a butterfly garden going this year. And that passionflower I chatted with you about last summer...it's so lush and full and I just noticed yesterday that it's got buds popping up! No caterpillars yet though...

Botanic Bleu said...

Stacey,
Great gardening tips for how to save money. Your gardens in your last house were beautiful, but the gardens at your new house will be also. Our pear tree is in full bloom along with our redbud trees. The two most beautiful redbud trees are both "volunteers" that were planted by birds dropping seeds from the redbud we had planted. That's another money-saving way to expand a garden. :)

Judith

Brenda Pruitt said...

I know you must be so excited at the prospect of creating new gardens. (And new garden ponds) And decorating a new home. I can't wait to see!
Brenda

Tammy Lagaly said...

Stacey,
Your yard is so pretty!!!! I am in love. I so agree about planting perennials...and as many native texas plants as possible. I haven't had great luck with zinnias, but this year I'm going to try to plant from seed and see if I don't have better luck! I can't wait to see your new yard and what you do with it... You are a master. Thanks for sharing!

Art @ Home said...

Your thumb is much greener than mine is! I love your landscaping, and I know your new house will be even lovelier, as will your garden.

We're about to spend tons of money to replace shrubs lost during last autumn's drought. The trees took what little water we had, and many of the trees were dropping branches left and right. I dread getting that bill, and the time will be here soon to replace them. :(

Tanya said...

These are such great tips, and your gardens are gorgeous. I can't wait to see what you do with the new home. I think the best tip is to plant perennials. My begonias (I'm in Houston) have come back for three years. This year, I finally bought some new ones to fill in some spots that were hit hard by the freeze. My front yard is almost 100% shade, so I really need to try some calladiums too. Have a great weekend!

bj said...

I really enjoyed this post...love the pretty flowers...and now, thanks to you, I already have 2 packets of flower seeds to plant soon. :)
THANK YOU.

Kim said...

I can't wait to see what you do to your new yard! I love sharing plants and getting plants from family and neighbors. I even have spearmint and hostas in my yard from my grandmother's house...so special.

Celestina Marie said...

Such a great post sharing your tips for a beautiful garden. I know your new garden is going to be gorgeous. My beloved roses got that awful rosette disease and my garden is not spring pretty this season. Starting over here with a new variety of plants and blooms. Sadly no cure for rosette!!! Have fun gardening and have a great weekend. xo

Carol Lander said...

Stacey, great tips Landscaping is expensive. We've spent thousands of $$ over the years and every year we plant more perennials and fewer annuals. I might add another free tip. If you live anywhere in the North Texas area, listen to Neil Sperry on Sunday mornings My husband listens every Sunday morning while we're getting ready for church. He is a wealth of information and knows more about Texas gardening than anyone. Thanks again for organizing 10 on the Tenth. I love learning about new projects.

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Sharing between other gardeners is my favorite way to get new plants. I have many from my grandmother and mom. Treasures indeed!

Junkchiccottage said...

Great tips. You did such a beautiful job on your last home and I know the new one will be beautiful too.
I love butterfly plants and flowers. I hope to have a butterfly garden in the next home. Happy Weekend.
Kris

My thrift store addiction said...

Stacey, these are all wonderful tips and your garden is just gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do at the new house ;) Pinned!

Two PlusCute said...

Great tips! I'll search the internet to see if there are any free classes in my area (gods know I need one...or ten).

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Wonderful tips Stacey. Gardening is hard work, but it is so worth it. I am sure in no time at all, you will have your new house looking lush and beautiful. I am looking forward the unveiling. Happy spring.

Blondie's Journal said...

Looking forward to seeing what you will do...you really have a green thumb! :-D

Jane x

handmade by amalia said...

Great tips! You must be excited about the challenge of a new garden.
Amalia
xo

krishna said...

you have a gorgeous garden.. I have fallen in love with your garden.. loads of thats for the tips you've shared....

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AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

How exciting to have a blank canvas in your new yard to plant beautiful gardens. Looks like you have lots of experience. I need to completely dig out a garden and start over but it has all my favorite flowers in it! I have to look into how to do that...sigh...

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Great tips, Stacey! How exciting to have a clean slate in your new garden! I love, love, love caladiums although I have never dug them up to save for the next year!

Benita Roberts said...

I am not a good gardening person at all. I do know what I like, but as far as getting it to live after planting, well, that's another story. I'm looking forward to landscaping a few areas in our yard and I definitely like perennials. The annuals are pretty, but sometimes I feel that if you spend too much on them, it is just money wasted...they die and don't come back! Love and hugs!

Queen In Between said...

THis is an area I totally suck at! Part of it is my lack of patience I'm sure. Your beds were beautiful and I'm sure you will have your new house fixed up in no time. I'm going to search for some education in my area. Thanks for sharing!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful garden, good luck with your new garden and thanks for the tips.

Hena Tayeb said...

So many great tips.. I am such a brown thumb. Though I'd really like to plant a few things this spring.

Mountain Mama said...

Oh, I bet you will miss those lovely gardens, Stacey! Can't wait to see your new house and new gardens, it will be fun following along as you settle in. I cleared off the workbench in my utility room today for starting seeds for the veggie garden. Meanwhile, there's a tremendous blizzard outside, with about 3 ft of snow on the ground already and still coming down! Spring can't come soon enough!!

Maria Brittis said...

Gardens is gorgeous! Those tips your got are very helpful. Your have a green thumb and this is such great therapy for the mind.
Maria

Leslie Harris said...

Stacey I am so glad I stopped by here and discovered your gardening post. I absolutely love working out in the yard! love getting dirty and sweaty in the process of planting and tending the yard. And I can see that there's some new blogs here that I can discover. I agree about the perennials, although it does takes restraint, it's so easy to fall for those fast growing annuals. Congrats on your new place too, I have to follow the link and see what's next. And Stacey. You are so incredibly generous with your compliments, thank you dear for giving this old lady a little ego boost!! I'm so appreciative of your visits to my blog.
xo
Leslie

Jeanie said...

We made it home from our trip before the BIG BLIZZARD but it's still plenty bitter here in Michigan. I'm longing to get the early crops sown -- peas and spinach, lettuce and radishes -- but not for a bit yet! Many wonderful tips here. I love the Caladium -- I wonder if that works in our zone as a perennial...

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I would love to take a few gardening classes.

I spent the weekend working in the garden planting seeds of hope. As in I hope at least 25% of them flouish. :)

I am currently in the midst of a 7 week internship as a requirement for graduation. The museum I am working at is right up the road from the FW botanical garden and I have been eating my lunch there on a regular basis. It's amazing how much a garden can change from day to day.

Brandi said...

I really enjoyed your tips! I just tried starting flowers from seeds. Seeing them pop up makes me so excited.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

I am definitely looking forward to your new garden! Can't wait to see what you come up with! And now I know exactly what to give you for a housewarming prezzie ;)

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

You have a gorgeous garden! Have a great weekend!

Katie Mansfield said...

Great tips. Your garden was gorgeous. I bet you can't wait to get into your new house and garden. Good luck with the Caladiums.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

What gorgeous photos! Oh, how I am longing for spring. I can hardly wait to buy plants and sow seeds.

Cathy Cobblestone said...

Oh Stacey - you know no one loves flowers more than me!!! Love your post - and yes, you are right...the best part about gardening is sharing!

Jann Olson said...

Great tips Stacey! I think I do them all. :) I love sharing and receiving. I ran across a few more of the pink hyacinth bean plant you sent me a few years ago and can't wait to plant them this year. Your gardens are always beautiful!
hugs,
Jann

Creations By Cindy said...

Awesome tips. I have a friend that is a Master Gardener and I have found myself asking her questions a lot. Love all the tips. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

A Joyful Cottage said...

Great post, Stacey, with very helpful tips. It's obvious from your photos aht you have wonderful gardening skills. I use mostly perennials in my flower beds and was really fortunate when I started my garden to have neighbors and friends offer to let me come and dig up some of their flowers for transplanting into my new space. I saved a ton of money. Also, working at the local nursery last summer in exchange for trees, shrubs and plants was a big money saver. Have a great weekend!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Great tips, I love perennials and bulbs! My three iris beds seem to have made it through the late freeze, lots of leaves but no flowers yet. Having a lot of azaleas helps too.

Simply Farmhouse said...

O wow your landscape at your formal house is beautiful, girl I could use your help with mine. Great tips, thank u for sharing.