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Frugal Gardening Tips: Get to the Roots


It’s time for another addition to my (apparently really drawn out) series on frugal gardening!

When I was dividing up the bleeding hearts we had two near fatalities.

These two little guys got broken off when I pulled the plant out of the pot.

In this situation the best course of action is to cut back the foliage pretty severely. Remember the roots feed the plant, too much foliage and not enough roots means a dead plant.

Three weeks in potting soil and we went from this:

to this:

I’ll be honest, this doesn’t always work. I’ve had pretty good luck with it though. I’ve done it with the bleeding hearts and with some day lilies that snapped off at the roots and some other stuff. But if you’re going to throw out the plant anyway you might as well just stick it in a pot and see if it grows!

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. [Read more…]