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Frugal Gardening Tips: Go Big!

Welcome to Part one of my Frugal Gardening series!

When we moved in there was one sad, sad garden in the front of the house. Of course I immediately decided that I needed to turn my entire property into a BHG-worthy garden paradise.

Unfortunately I’ve yet to win the lottery.
For those of you not familiar with landscaping, it can get really expensive, really fast. Especially with perennials and shrubbery.
I’ve put together a few tips that I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks on frugal gardening.

This tip may sound misleading.
After all, shouldn’t big plants cost more?
Yes, but…
The key is to buy one big plant that can be divided into several small ones.

This bleeding heart cost about $8 from Lowes.
For me, that’s a lot of money for something that I can’t eventually eat.

But by carefully selecting which plant to bring home I ended up with not one, but 3 medium sized divisions. (I also got 2 small pieces that will eventually be moved back into the garden, more on that later!) You can try to carefully pull the plants apart or slice them with apart with a knife. Not all of the bleeding hearts were this full, I had to pick my way through a table full!

A few days later they seem to be settling in nicely.
$8 to plant 1/3 of a garden bed? Yes please!

There was mulch, but I have chickens

The semi-shade bed is pretty sparse but should fill in over the next few years (patience is a virtue wit cheap gardening) with hostas, bleeding hearts, astible and coral bells.

Invisible dog



  1. On the flip side, I find that small containers often cost less but in a few weeks, they grow to the same size. And sometimes, the actual plant in the small container is the same size as the larger container. But the container makes it look bigger. I guess it depends on what your stores offer.

  2. Or use what you have in your yard already! We did buy new plants, but we split hostas, ornamental grasses, irises, lilies and groundcover to other parts of our yard 🙂 Those things grow like they’re on crack anyways!

  3. Yay – so happy you’re doing this series because I started our garden from scratch last year and it’s overwhelming – and like you said expensive. For me, it’s working to start with 1 area at a time, and to fill it in a little at a time.

  4. Great tip!

    I’d like to invite you to link this (and any other projects/recipes you’d like) up on my first link party.
    Your readers are welcome, as well!

    I hope to see you all there! 🙂

  5. Good idea! I saw our link over at Earning My Cape where I also posted a money saving tip for your garden. Funny! Good luck with your garden. 🙂


  6. I’m always afraid to divide, but when you put it as saving money, I think I might just try it! Love gardening!

  7. Getting ready to start a new garden from scratch! I need all of the help I can get! New follower 🙂 Please come on over to!

  8. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  9. Great tip! Mr. B wants instant gratification so I have to remind him that plants crawl, walk then run! Thanks for sharing this at You’re Gona Love It Tuesday! See you next week?

  10. These are great ideas, thanks for sharing stopping by from Earning My Cape link party.

  11. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that you’ve been featured on my Super Link Party! 🙂
    Your link was the most clicked on!
    Feel free to come check it out, grab a featured button, and link up with me this week.


  12. Thank you so much for sharing this at Taylor House Thursday’s! It was one of the top views last week and is being featured! Yah! Stop by and grab a featured button!

  13. Great tips! Plants can be SUPER expensive and it’s always nice to make them go further! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!


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