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How to save in the garden this summer

Author: Canadian Living

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How to save in the garden this summer

To get good things growing this summer, you don't have to spend a lot of money – get creative and really stretch your gardening dollars.

1. Make your own compost
Recycled kitchen scraps are an easy and free way to boost soil productivity, are a great source of natural nutrients and are a potent fertilizer for plants.

2. Go online

Check out the lawn and garden classified sections of kijji.com and craigslist.com. You'll find everything from used rotary mowers to free tropical plants.

3. Join the club

Gardening clubs host annual plant sales, and members often get discounts at local garden retailers.

4. Throw a "potluck"
Try a potluck garden party (the "pots" are divisions of perennial plants from gardens of friends and family to plant in your garden). Just let everyone know whether you need sunny or shady pots.

5. Snip and clip
Clip cuttings from softwood and hardwood plant material to replant in other areas.

6. Precious seeds

Collect the seeds from mature seed pods of annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs. Store them in a cool, dark, dry area until it's time to sow them next year.

7. Grow a veggie garden
This will save you a lot of money. In fact, $30 in seeds and fertilizer can produce about as much as $750 worth of groceries.

8. Go old-school
Try pioneer gardening techniques, such as recycling bath water by pouring it over the vegetable garden, which prevents insect damage.

9. Shop the sales

If you shop the summer and fall sales, garden retailers offer deep discounts on plants, shovels and fertilizers.

10. Strategic planning
Properly placed trees and shrubs offer shade and provide wind barriers, sheltering homes from winter blasts and the scorching sun, so you can reduce both air conditioning and heating costs. If you follow these tips, you will create a blooming great garden for very little cost.

This story was originally titled "Get More Bloom for Your Buck" in the July 2009 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue!

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