Gardening on a Budget

 


Article by: JoMarie Thomson

When we moved into our south Anchorage log home , Taming Your Outdoors I had glorious plans , Outdoor Waterfalls for the 1/3 acre lot. Some previous owner had chopped down every tree , Making a Garden Pond With a Pond Liner counting on the neighboring woodlands for green , scapes: Energy Efficient Landscaping and shade. The house , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor was near the street with a lumpy hilly and narrow backyard , Step by Step 'Leaf' Stepping Stones that ended in the neighbor's goat pen. I was young, enthusiastic and confident that my green , Soil, Drainage, and Water thumb could transform our piece of Alaska into a glorious landscaped garden. , Earthworms in the /Earthworm Facts Now, 20 years later the neighborhood has evolved from birch/spruce woods , Dill: Scandinavia's Most Important Culinary Herb to suburban sprawl and I'm still working on the transformation and enjoying every season. , How Bat Houses Can Improve Your Backyard Experience

It was very important in those early days, to work on the cheap. With 5 small children the vegetable garden , Step by Step 'Leaf' Stepping Stones was more important than ornamentals. Composting was the only way I could afford to enrich a flower , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens bed. What was once a necessity became a passion - creating self-sustaining perenial flowerbeds for less than $20/year.

Twenty years later, my garden , A Few Simple Facts About Purple Martins is still a work in progress. I can and do spend money on plants , Soil, Drainage, and Water now. And yet, gazing at my sitting garden , Hedge Trimmers Are Tools Not Toys I'm surrounded by the memories of those early days and the decendents of the first little slips of green , Tulip Divisions - Garden Tulips and Their Identities I nurtured so carefully.

Zone 3 gardening , Azalea 'My Mary' on a budget isn't as hard as it sounds.

I started with a small clump of siberian iris that grew in the loose gravel , Know Your Bird Feeders; Part 2 driveway that first spring. , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn One clump became 5, 5 became 10 and every year my irises are the center point of the growing season. , Dealing With Pests In a Hydroponic Garden With a little luck I won't have to divide my irises for a few more years, but think I know where I can add the next batch...

Near the front porch , Landscaping for Wildlife a shock of Maltese Cross is in full bloom. I rescued 3 plants , Herb Farming Is A Profitable Business from the woodpile behind the shed , Vegetable Growing for Beginners that first year, not knowing what they would be or how tall they would grow , Landscaping Lighting Techniques when cared for. I get more comments and compliments on these reclaimed wildflowers , Your Garden - Growing from Seed than any of the exotics I've tried. In the enriched bed, , Reasons to Garden Organically my Maltese Cross grow , The Use of Color in Your Landscape 3 feet tall with fist sized red flower , Mustard: The Greatest Among The Herbs clusters. Over the years, I've easily divided these plants , How To Choose a Landscape Contractor and use them effectively in my borders.

More treasures that first year included a rosebush that had been nearly choked to death by siberian peas. We've called it a sitka rose , Books About Landscaping but can't be sure. She's now a mother many times over as we've helped deliver healthy , Know Your Bird Feeders; Part 2 suckers that have grown into shrubs , Landscaping Lighting Techniques nearly 5 feet tall and more around.

Daisy's of course were and continue to be a beautiful pest. , Vegetable Growing for Beginners My oldest son took over a small "daisy garden" that I was threatening to burn to the ground. Not that he had to do anything more than help me keep the daisy's from taking over the rest of the yard, , Know Your Bird Feeders; Part 2 flower , Dill: Scandinavia's Most Important Culinary Herb and garden , How Bat Houses Can Improve Your Backyard Experience beds!

The second summer , Ceiling Patio Heaters I used my budget at a close out table from a nursery in early July. By July, nurseries have little selection and many of the plant , Orchids: A Luxurious Look That's Really Not Hard To Achieve markers have disappeared. However, this is my favorite time to shop for plants , Garden Swing for Heart and Soul because the mark downs are practically giving plants , The Advantages of Both a Liner Pond and a Preformed Pond, Rolled Up Into One Box! away. Every year since, I've added some treasure from one of these sales. The first was a spreading Veronica (who knows what variety), that grows , Garlic: The Stinking Rose so prolifically, I can use them for garden , Vegetable Growing for Beginners trades every year.

The third summer , How To Divide Bulbs For Bigger Gardens I discovered wildflower seed , The Advantages of Both a Liner Pond and a Preformed Pond, Rolled Up Into One Box! mix. That was the end of bare spots for my yard , Ceiling Patio Heaters and provided the original plants , How To Choose a Landscape Contractor that have now been moved to more organized and cared for beds. , Know Your Bird Feeders; Part 2 Columbine, forget-me-nots, lupin, and several varieties of poppies continue to thrive and surprise me.

My favorite plants , Tulip Divisions - Garden Tulips and Their Identities are are the one's that were free or practically free. The frugal gardener can find dozens of ways to create a sea of color , Landscaping Lighting Techniques without spending any green. , Taming Your Outdoors Some of my most successful tips , How To Divide Bulbs For Bigger Gardens include:

  • Recover/rescue. Abandoned gardens , Books About Landscaping often have plants , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 4) Environment that will thrive with a transplant and a bit of loving attention.
  • Divide and conquer. As your established plants , Some Favorite Garden Bulbs spread, find new homes , Landscaping Lighting Techniques for their babies.
  • Trading Treasures. When you divide a favorite plant, , Reasons to Garden Organically set aside some of the babies to trade with other gardeners.
  • Search the sales. Your garden , Hydroponics ing - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 4) Environment is a process that usually takes years. Don't think your planting season , Ceiling Patio Heaters is over just because summer's nearly over. Hit the nurseries throughout August for a great deal.
  • Beautification programs. Every once in a while, communities and businesses will sponsor giveaways that can really payoff. We've added several trees , Landscaping Lighting Techniques from Arbor Day and Earth , How to Grow Hydrangeas Day programs.


A word of caution though. Many areas have laws prohibiting you from digging up native plants , Starting A Container Garden from wilderness areas. These natural , Planting and Propagating Bulbs habitats are not free-for-alls and should be left alone. When in doubt, call , Starting A Container Garden the appropriate government agency and ask. While I don't "steal" from state parks, I've been given the go ahead to "rescue" lilacs, rubarb, and other abandoned plants , Mustard: The Greatest Among The Herbs from city land taken by eminent domain before a road or bike path , Some Favorite Garden Bulbs was constructed.

Your patch of yard , How Bat Houses Can Improve Your Back Experience can become a garden , How To Divide Bulbs For Bigger s no matter how tight your budget. Just get a bit creative and never be afraid to ask for cuttings. Compost , Mustard: The Greatest Among The Herbs for black gold and remember to think long term. You'll never be poor when you live surrounded by flowers. , How Bat Houses Can Improve Your Backyard Experience
JoMarie Thomson was transplanted to Alaska over 25 years ago. Editor and Publisher of http://www.zone3gardens.com she is known to run her websites and web design , How To Choose a Landscape Contractor company, http://www.crucibledesigns.com with a laptop from her South Anchorage garden. , How To Choose a Landscape Contractor Beauty, JoMarie insists, inspires beauty.

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