The cheapest way I've found to start my garden plants and herbs is to re-use yogurt containers, eggshell cartons and the broken eggshells themselves. Using large plastic salad tubs as a mini greenhouse works great too! No more expensive jiffy pots and greenhouses for me.
Vinegar when sprayed or poured onto weeds will prevent the weed from absorbing water, thus killing it. My dad told me this, and he is a professional gardner. Watchout, it does kill everything, even grass. So, just put it on what you want to get rid of. Much cheaper than those $99 bottles of killer. Vinegar has sooo many uses! :)
For seasonal practices, photograph the "old" way as a record of what to do or not to do in the future. For example, in gardening you will have a future reference of what you like and don't like about your landscaping. Likewise, holiday decorations...furniture arrangements...outfits with accessories...
Before you retire those gardeninf clogs, consider this idea. You can use them as hanging planters (or herbs). The holes in the clogs are perfect for drainage. You need to line the toes with moss, then plant pansies, violas or pin-cushion ivy or herbs. Then hang them from the heel strap.
There is another reason to having an active hobby such as gardening when older. It may be one way to keep your mind young. Studies show that older people that regularly indulged in gardening have a lower risk of dementia compared to non-active older people.
For the same price as a bunch of cut fresh herbs at the supermarket, you can buy a small potted herb plant at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Keep it on your kitchen windowsill and use when you're cooking. Fresh herbs add so much flavor that you won't even miss the salt and fat you cut out of the recipe!
When I get home from work, I put on my overalls and get out in the back yard to see what's new. Right now I have ripe artichokes, sugar snap peas, radishes and onions. Soon I will have beans, carrots, and strawberries. Super delicious, organic and VERY local!
I have found that some of the young ladies in my neighborhood could really use someone to hang out with. It is fun because they love helping me with what I am working on around the house (gardening, cooking, cleaning out my car) and I enjoy sharing tips and tricks they can use when they grow up.
Today I planted myself a vision garden. I thought of the garden as a metaphor of sorts for my own journey of renewal. My garden symbolizes a fresh beautiful start in life... so, when I go out to tend my garden it serves as a reminder that I, much like my garden, can only flourish when tended to.
Tuck a worn sock in your garden. The human scent keeps deer away. Since we're all on SparkPeople, I'm sure there are plenty of work out socks out there! Just keep cycling them out. Natural and animal friendly! :)