How to Garden on the Cheap

Have a great garden without spending a lot of money by following these tips.

You will need

  • Sales
  • Small plants
  • Seeds
  • Garden clubs
  • botanical gardens
  • and fund-raising events

Step 1 Shop Shop end of season sales at your local garden store. If you are lucky, you can find perennials big enough to divide.

Step 2 Purchase by flat Purchasing plants by the flat can sometimes save you 20 percent. Share the cost with a friend if you don’t need all the plants.

Step 3 Purchase smaller size Purchase smaller perennials, evergreens, and flowering shrubs. Eventually they will grow to full size.

Step 4 Purchase seeds Grow plants and vegetables from seeds. Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and string beans are easy plants to grow.

Step 5 Go to special events Go to garden clubs, botanical gardens, and special fund-raising events to save money and find unusual specimens.

Step 6 Divide perennials Double or triple your plant supply by dividing. Good perennials to divide include hostas, coral-bells, daylilies, and geraniums.