Annuals are fair-weather friends. You enjoy them for one season and with a blink of an eye, they're gone! Hence my love for perennials, especially ones that I depend on to fill in my garden beds and landscaping year after year. Buy them at nurseries or even the big box stores and you will go broke. But as with all things in life, there's always a cheaper way. You just have to be resourceful. After all, I can't afford to fill my garden beds with perennials that cost $15-$25 each if purchased from a garden center. Here are 9 ways to easily get cheap perennials without spending much cash.
It started with the mail carrier who was raving about my vertical planter from My Garden Post. "What is that and where did you get it?" She exclaimed..."I've never seen anything like that before." And I bet you too are trying to squish more plants into less area. That's exactly what My Garden Post does for you. It converts almost 24 square feet of horizontal garden into a 4 foot vertical garden for the patio, deck, porch or balcony. Nifty! Five pots attach to the post creating a dramatic effect of cascading flowers and plants. You don't need a yard for this one. So easy and fun...from the assembly process to choosing what to plant. There is very little work involved. No weeding. No bending over. And no watering because it has a drip irrigation system included. I'm estatic that you can win this $180 vertical garden system with drip irrigation from My Garden Post. To enter Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook and for a second entry, sign up for our newsletter. If you're looking for extra luck, share this post!
I bet you eat edible flowers all the time and don't even realize it. Because if you're a fan of broccoli, cauliflower or artichokes, you are consuming the flowering bud of the plant. I'm always late in the game when it comes to picking my broccoli and find it produces these lovely yellowish flowers when overgrown. Although too bitter to eat at this point, I'm tempted to stick my flowered broccoli stems in a vase- if that didn't seem so dorky. So today, I thought we'd take a pictorial edible flower tour. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer, drink or dessert; the options are endless and inspiring. Let's eat flowers because they are pretty, useful, tasty, fun, unusual and best of all....just because we can! And it's not like you're making a meal out of a flower, these are edible novelties intended to beautify your food and drink. They have faces....cute flower faces, yes? Some of the most popular flowers and my favorites are pansies, nasturtiums and borage. Here's some inspiration to get you started on the right path.
So we like to live dangerously. That's why we sometimes plant before Memorial Day, our last possible frost date. It's a wild ride. I've had a hard time sleeping at night just thinking about the frost slaying my little seedlings outside. In the past, (and I bet you can sympathize), I've tossed a few mouse eaten blankets on top of my plants just to keep them warm at night. Especially early in the season. I repeat in October so that I can reap my crops before that first bitter frost comes. It's a silly practice. The blankets get soaked, icky and covered in slugs. And it's only so-so effective. That's when I discovered the Grow it Now! company and their fabulous mini greenhouses. Not only do they protect from that early frost, but they help ripen the remaining produce in freezing temperatures. I'm sure you want to save every last tomato too! So Like Raise Your Garden and share this post for a chance to win a whopping 24 plants protectors from Grow It Now! A $115 value. For a second entry, sign up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both.
It's time to get serious about growing a few herbs in pots. Sometimes, the huge plotted garden can seem overwhelming. Herbs in pots can be an easy, inexpensive, and cute solution to your garden dilemmas. Also try baskets, barrels, window boxes, or other containers. You don't need to own any land and can grow right on your kitchen windowsill. Better still, there's no weeding or bending over. Limp, store bought herbs are lacking in flavor. So if you're new to the gardening scene, this is how to start. I love using herbs in most recipes and some drinks because they add tons of flavor minus the calories. You can grow from seed or buy plants from the local nursery. Some herbs are actually perennials making container gardening a logical choice as you don't have to remember where you planted them the next year. A few might even survive the winter depending on your climate and if the pot is sheltered or brought indoors. But if not, you can always dry the leftovers. Here's the essential list of herbs you must have right now!
Are you the type of person who can just eat one Hersheys Kiss and be content? I confess, once I pop one in my mouth, I just keep going back for more. And that's exactly how it was with Woolly Pocket. After I hung my first living wall planter, I was addicted. So I reached out to them for this giveaway because I know you'll be just as smitten by their innovative design. These living wall planters can be hung on a fence, rail or wall; indoors or out drawing the eye up. I planted a few pansy plants in mine for now and nasturtium seeds for later to create a continuous edible flower planter for the season. Their sweet pansy faces greet me every time I enter or exit my home. To enter to win the Living Wall Planter 2 - Four Pack valued at $75, Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share this post. For a second entry sign up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both! And keep reading to learn about 5 spectacular annual vines that I'm confident you will want to grow this year to give your garden that vertical boost.
No wonder Veggie Tales is so popular. Vegetables really are just like people. Some are givers. Others are takers. And you have to deal with both types. Tomatoes...they are just one example of the takers who heavily feed on the soil and deplete it of nutrients. This is a huge problem for Tom and I because we have planted our tomatoes in the same garden spot for the past four years. We spent over $500 for our raised bed topsoil. By planting in the same location; we are depleting this soil. It's time to get serious about crop rotation! But first, we have to learn about which veggies are the givers who rejuvenate the soil and which are the takers, the ones that leach it. Even though I rotate mostly over soil fertility concerns, I also do so to thwart pests, weeds, and disease. Rotating your crops also equals healthier plants and better yield. So raise your hand and take this oath. "I promise not to plant the same veggies in the same spot year every year." Let's get started!
It's time for a guy giveaway. Don't you agree? And ladies, make sure you win this one for your guy! So you can nag him to get the landscaping done. Then take a walk around your neighborhood. What do you see? Lots of cheap plastic molding used to edge the garden beds. It's ugly. Don't use it! And your front lawn is being judged by its appearance. Whether or not your neighbors give you hints about it. Trust me on this one. Because first impressions count. First impressions of the EcoBorder product? Heavy-duty. Quality. Sharp and sleek. The FedEx man certainly got his workout unloading the boxes. Because these are heavy-duty borders for the landscape and garden. We are thrilled to have partnered with EcoBorder and for your chance to win over $200 in product from them. Keep reading to find out why you'll be motivated to redo your landscaping with EcoBorder right now. To enter Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share this post. For a second entry, sign up for our newsletter.
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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