I'm back to my first love these days - gardening! I love being in the garden, digging, planting, sowing and enjoying. This house will be the 6th that I've landscaped and because I always
seem to buy houses that have no landscaping, I have learned how to do it on the cheap.
Here are some of my best tips: .
#1 - Use as many free materials in your landscape as you can. Every part of the world has at least one thing in abundance that you can use for free, be it gravel, rocks or stones; wood,pallets or pine needles; dumpsters, landfill sites or Craig's List and Freecycling networks as cheap sources for repurposed items. Find out what's in your own neighbourhood or town and use it! I've used my local freecycling network to find plants and shrubs for free. I got a whole lilac hedge that way, it really works!!
#2 - Beg for plant divisions or cuttings from family, friends and neighbours. Anyone who has perennials , bulbs or tubers will have to be dividing them up every so often and will be happy to let you have the extras.
#3 - Look for local gardening clubs, they usually have plant sales once or twice a year to raise money for the club and you can get beautiful plants for much less than gardening centers sell them. Plus you know they will survive in your climate because the local gardeners have grown them.
#4 - Watch for end-of-season sales. You can pick up loads of plants at a discount from department stores that have seasonal garden centers. That's where you can pick up your trees and shrubs for less and save big!
#5 - Grow your own plants from seed. Some plants are super simple to grow, you can even just toss the seeds out in your garden at the right time and they'll grow well. Hardy geraniums,sunflowers and pansies are easy to start from seed. Poppies and cosmos are good examples of seeds you can just sow directly in the garden. Opium poppies can even be sown while there is still snow on the garden
#6 - Grow plants that self-seed or spread easily. Examples are creeping thyme, culinary thyme, Johnny Jump-ups, Ladies' Mantle, campanula, euphorbia, lamium, bugleweed, poppies and bee balm. I don't quite understand the desire for growing borderline plants in the garden. I personally don't want to drag some plant kicking and screaming into my garden, I'd much rather have ones that are happily growing and flowering and self-seeding all over.
The best part about rampant growers and self-seeders is that every year, you can dig up the extras and sell them at a yard sale to make some extra cash for the landscaping items that you can't get for free.
Hope I've been able to give you at least one tip you can use. Happy gardening!
I'm doing a screen porch makeover at the moment and wanted to add a bit of light over the drop-leaf table. Using some grapevine balls and white lights with brown wires I put together an little porch chandy in no time!
Don't underestimate the butterfly – it's more than just a pretty garden addition! There are 561 known butterfly species in the United States and Canada, all of which pollinate your
flowers. Encourage butterflies to visit your yard and pollinate your plants by making a butterfly feeder. It's easy!
Full tutorial: https://brightnest.com/posts/attract-butterf...
Note: Some evidence suggests dyes may have negative health effects on humming birds. If you have humming birds in your region, we suggest making this sugar solon without dyes and making your jar extra colorful, instead!
I used 100 plastic spoons to make a sunflower for my backyard. I dug around in my closet and found a plastic tray that once was used at an office party. I brought home the lid to the coffee can from work to use as the center. I rummaged through my son's bag of pipe cleaners and dug out all the black ones and a couple of the yellow ones.
An exterminator told my friend that when you begin to see ants, they are the scouts. Stop these and you won't have ants. My son discovered that if you spray them with Windex (or any other glass cleaner), they are exterminated. Keep after it for a while and you won't have ants. We have used this for years. 2 days ago our humming bird feeder leaked onto the concrete front porch...the liquid got down in the crack between brick and concrete so there was not way to flush it out. Ants
appeared quickly, I sprayed them with Windex. Watched through the day and kept spraying them. Now ant free! Safe for kids, pets and environment! It is worth a try before you spend hundreds.
My sister had a narrow walk way and the soil around it was eroding away at the far end. So I used the dirt in the back yard to fill in the low areas around the sidewalk. The soil is very
sandy so I didn't have to buy sand to level the stones she already had in her backyard. I used a level to make sure the sidewalk was level and the stones next to it level. We bought a 100 pounds of red decomposed grant for $15 and had some left over for another project. I placed her red concrete scalped edging over to the side and around the back to keep the dirt from washing down the yard. I also used an old concrete fountain that I broke up and placed in the ground to keep the low side from shifting or washing down a slopped yard. I finished with rocks around the bushes and added mulch to provide ground cover and nourishment for the bushes. All the rocks came from the desert. Now the walk way looks like the red rocks of Sedona, AZ.
The worst thing in the world for both you and your pet is getting sprayed by a skunk. The smell makes you gag, it lingers FOREVER and the poor animal is banished from your presence. This recipe works, I've used it and it takes that awful smell right away. For large pets you might want to double this recipe. This recipe can be used on humans too.
16 oz 3% hydrogen peroxide (make sure it's fresh!)
Mix ingredients in an open container and use immediately. Don't wet the fur with water first and do NOT get this mixture in the eyes. A rag should be used to apply the solution around the pet's face. Be sure to saturate the areas that got direct hits (you'll know by how strong it smells). Leave it on for five minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Then repeat the process. By the end of the second shampoo, the smell should be gone. If not, repeat again.
As long as you wash with this within 4 hours of being sprayed, it will work. Longer than 4 hours and you're hooped! The oils in skunk spray will have absorbed and you're stuck with that smell.
Do not ever store this recipe, the chemicals will react and cause the closed container to explode.
Good luck and I hope you never need this recipe!
ps Jeanine made some very good points in the comments on this post - be sure to use a conditioner after using this process, do NOT leave the solution on for more than 5 minutes at a time!! please skip down to her comments for the rest.