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20 Tips for Cheap Gardening

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Obtaining plants for your garden can be expensive. With a little investigation, though, and some hands-on propagation, you can be thrifty and enjoy all your favorite plants.

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Start with healthy soil for healthier, longer-lived plants Report Abuse
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Invest in longer-living plants and perennials that will come back year after year Report Abuse
The longer a plant lives, the money you get for your money. Perennials are more cost-effective than annuals, which you must replace every year.
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Don’t waste money giving plants more nutrient supplements than they can absorb. Report Abuse
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Choose disease resistant varieties for longer-lived plants Report Abuse
Some plants are just naturally more resistant to disease than others. Look for varieties that are resistant to diseases particularly prevalent in your area.
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Don’t waste money and time growing crops that are cheaper to buy than grow Report Abuse
Why toil over a bed of potatoes when you can buy 10 pounds for $5.00? Leave the cheap vegetables to the truck farmers.
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Find out when a nursery is expecting a new shipment so you can shop for the healthiest plants. Report Abuse
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Use stem cuttings to propagate plants throughout the year Report Abuse
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Use leaf cuttings to propagate fleshy-leaved plants Report Abuse
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Use root cuttings to propagate dormant shrubs or trees Report Abuse
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Use layering to propagate plants with long, flexible stems Report Abuse
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Put each plant in the most appropriate microclimate Report Abuse
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Know the individual light requirements of seeds you’re germination so you don’t lose seedlings. Report Abuse
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Maximize your harvest in a limited space by planting in raised beds. Report Abuse
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Keep a watchful eye out for signs of insect or disease damage so you can take prevention and control steps early and save more plants. Report Abuse
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To find great deals on plants, join your local garden club and participate in its plant swaps and sales Report Abuse
One of the best reasons to belong to a graden club, apart from the friendship, is that members give each other or sell cheaply perfectly good plants.
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To save money on seeds and plants, and to increase your selection, join a seed-savers exchange club or plant association Report Abuse
Gardening magazines often have a seed-savers exchange section. There are seed-saving clubs, such as the Seed Savers Exchange. In addition, plant associations abound for nearly every kind of plant.
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Use readily available, free or low-cost soil amendments. Report Abuse
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Minimize fertilizer costs by using a carefully timed combination of chemical and organic mixtures Report Abuse
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Be a penny-wise shopper Report Abuse
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Mixing your own organic fertilizer costs less and allows you to tailor special compounds for particular plants. Report Abuse
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