Planting tips on a very small budget?

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We have a huge yard but mostly grass (back & front) and being on a tight budget, I've stuck with a few containers and that's about it. Any ideas and suggestions would be helpful! (we are retired and I'm do NOT tolerate the heat well) Thanks so much!
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  • MARY MARY on Mar 29, 2014
    go vertical there are all kind of ideas some using pallets and a little hammering do a search here or Google
  • Irish53 Irish53 on Mar 29, 2014
    Start flower annuals from seed to add color. Check back dates on hometalk how to make pots out of newspaper.You can buy a single organic fruit or veggie for seeds most other are treated so they don't spoil once picked don't grow If your soil is healthy you can stretch a single bag of dirt by making a 50/50 mix of yard soil and the bag of potting or top soil. Work the early hours of the morning and the last two hours before sun set. It is what I do so I can still work in the yard, Cut down pallets to size. If you take the single boards from the bottom and use them for making sides for plant containers. Also check freecycle website for supplies
  • Ri-Lee Ri-Lee on Mar 29, 2014
    Plant lots of the grasses, they are easy to care for and cost very little. Arrange them in a semi circle or whatever would work, with your yard. Roses are cheap and easy, they are beautiful anywhere. Do raised flower beds, they are easy to take care of and not as expenses, as making flower beds. Can use pots and sit them around in the yard, along with flea market finds to decorate your yard.
  • Lori J Lori J on Mar 30, 2014
    If your local radio station has a swap/trade/sell program, you could put out a call for starters. When gardeners thin beds, they are generally very generous. Or check in the gardening section of craigslist.
  • Sandy Silvey Sandy Silvey on Mar 30, 2014
    Thanks so much!
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Mar 30, 2014
    Check out plant sales by local groups in your area. My men's garden club had a sale yesterday and everyone commented on how low our prices were. Also, look for end-of-season sales at nurseries. Fall is a great time to plant, but most garden centers are marking down prices by then. Also, start small. A one-gallon plant probably costs a third of a three-gallon plant, but will get settled in your garden quicker, and probably catch up to that three-gallon in a season or two. To bring some trees to your yard, check out the Kansas Forest Service's "Conservation Trees" program. You can get 25 seedlings for $20. You just have to say that you are planting them wildlife purposes, which would certainly be the truth. http://www.kansasforests.org
  • Sandy Silvey Sandy Silvey on Mar 30, 2014
    These are very helpful suggestions! And I'll try the Ks Forest Service! Thanks so much!
  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 31, 2014
    I always say " Free flowers are the best". Maybe make friends with your neighbors or people that you work with. Most people are happy to share their flowers. It's a great way to bring flowers into your yard that maybe you wouldn't have. Good luck
  • Sandy Silvey Sandy Silvey on Apr 04, 2014
    Thanks so much for the helpful hints and suggestions! I plan on giving them ALL a try! I really like the idea of "grasses" and we will be trying that!
  • Suzi tyler Suzi tyler on Jul 19, 2015
    First, have an idea of the yard that you want. Don't just start planting.Ground the whole thing by planting your perineals first.This may take a while since they are more expensive than annuals.After they are in,start planting the annuals in pots if you aren't sure where you want them to end up.That way you can move them around your yard until you are happy.