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RMENTEER
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5/20/11 9:44 P

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I don't think so, but we are new to the area, so there is still a lot I need to look into. I will add that to the list! Thanks!


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Do you have any community gardens or an extension office-they often offer free or reduced price plants.


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You are very welcome, and thanks for being part of the solution!

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5/19/11 11:49 A

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MZPEPPER- I don't know why I didn't think of that! I am already part of a freecycle group. I haven't been very active with it yet since we moved, but I was very active in my old group. I have been checking Craigslist for free stuff. There have been several offers for items we could use, but so far we haven't been able to get any of them. Not sure if my e-mails aren't going through for some reason or if the items were just already gone and they didn't bother to respond. Thanks for reminding me!


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You might try Freecycle. I have gotten many different plants from people who are dividing or who are just getting rid of a plant for some reason. And it's free. I have also gotten fencing and windows to make cold frames. Since you are creative this might really work for you. And it's free.

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Not sure where you live, but large rocks make a cheap, free edging if you live somewhere they are readily available. I used to drag rocks back from all over the country to put around my flower beds and got more from along the roadside where they blasted rock to build the interstate. Do you have any friends with flower beds. You can start a lot of plants from cuttings. I like ornamental sweet potato. You start one plant and then just take cuttings from it-break off a piece and stick it in the ground. Makes really pretty border, but you have to keep it trimmed. Looks good under taller plants and in hanging baskets. They have green, dark burgundy, and variegated varieties and usually about $2-3 for a plant but they are hardy and a small investment will cover a lot of territory once it is started.


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5/16/11 7:18 P

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Some counties have free mulch available through the city/ county.
If not, call a tree company & see if they provide mulch for free.

Craigslist for trees, plants, planters, borders, pavers, and much more.
We got pavers to do a patio section (plus more) in our yard for free as long as we pulled it up & carried it away. About $600 in pavers for 4 hours total of work & hauling 3 trips with our trailer home.




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5/16/11 7:06 P

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I will have to check and see if we have anything like that in our area, that would be really cool. I thought about not edging, but we have so many weeds in the yard that I think it would make it a lot harder to control weeds in the flower gardens. I know the one side of the house that already has a lot of pretty flowers from the previous owners has no edging and it is really overgrown with weeds. I think that would be a great option for someone with a nice, mostly weed free, yard though (hopefully me someday, so I will remember that!).
I do love watching seeds grow into plants, we started vegetables for our garden from seeds in misc. containers and it has been so fun to watch. My husband and I have turned into kids again watching them! lol I am definitely not opposed to using seeds so that will be our cheapest part of the project! Thanks again for the tip :)


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Seeds are inexpensive and easy to plant. You won't have the instant gratification of plants, but it's fun watching them grow. Our area has a lot of Master Gardener open houses--maybe that's not what they are called. Master Gardeners open their yards to the public fora one day organized event. Last year most of the gardeners stopped using edging because it doesn't stay in place. They used an edger each time they mowed. It looked very nice. You might want to check if your area has these. They are a great source of inspiration. You can take photos and a notebook. Gardeners love talking about their gardens. Some of the gardeners homes and yards are huge showplaces. Many are small houses on small lots. You would probably be surprised at their beautiful gardens.



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Thanks! I will definitely check out those sites. I never knew how to google specifically for blogs, I really do learn something new everyday! That will come in really handy for more than just this. I do a lot of searching the web for stuff like this, but sometimes it gets overwhelming trying to sift through all the sites to find the worthwhile ones, that's when I turn to my groups like this one, I always end up with great tips! Thanks again :)


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Both TipNut.com and TipHero.com have money-saving ideas for everything, including gardening. TipNut is easier to search and even has a "garden & plants" tab at the top to click on.
The major women's publications usually have seasonal sections on gardening and plants, but you might get bombarded with a lot of ads.
Do a web search for cheap gardening ideas and you should get a bunch of on-line articles.
Use blogsearch.google.com to search the blogs on Google. They might be your best bet.

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Hi, we are renting a house (hopefully buying it next year). The yard leaves much to be desired, even though it got a lot of rehab before we moved in. So, our landlord basically told us we can put in flower gardens, whatever as long as it is in good taste and looks nice. We don't have much spare money and really don't want to put a lot into it just in case we don't buy it and end up moving in a year or 2. That being said, we have spring fever and REALLY want to do some landscaping. Mainly the front hill next to the driveway and in front of the house next to the porch. So, I'm looking for ideas on where to get cheap/free flowers/plants. I'm thinking there has to be something I can reuse to create a border or edging around the beds, but it hasn't come to me yet. Any ideas? I love to be creative and take on fun projects so the sky is the limit! We are putting in a garden in the back and have started plants with seeds, but any frugal ideas for gardening would be appreciated too! Oh, and we have started a compost pile. Thanks everyone, I look forward to reading your ideas!

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