1. Take Cuttings. They’re free. Some plants root much better than others. This is a great time to get friendly with neighbors…as you exchange cuttings with others, you can get gardening tips too. I found this great tutorial on propagation from the Missouri Extension website.
2. Join a gardening club. Even if its for a short time, you’ll learn a lot and find a bunch of zealots who are willing to share. Tasker’s Chance Gardening Club has a nice website.
3. Choose plants that fit Maryland’s climate and your soil type. Plants that are native to Maryland are much easier to care for.
4. Choose Pest resistant bulbs. There’s nothing worse than watching your investment be the supper of the neighborhood squirrels:/
5. Choose bulbs that multiply. Watching your bulbs multiply is the way to get the most bang for your buck if you are patient.
6. Choose self-seeding plants. Gotta love those volunteers!
7. Container Gardening is a great choice if you are short on time or space. You can bring them inside during the cold months and extend their life. You can also get creative when it comes to pots and containers, using items that you have on hand. Don’t forget to scout out thrift stores and refuge stores like Habitat for Humanity’s Home Store on Market Street in Frederick.
8. The Best Source Ever is DIY Gardening website.
9. Research and Plan Ahead. Keep your plans handy when you visit the garden store so you can take advantage of sales, or pass up a sale when you know that the plants on sale won’t fit your plan.
[special tip: Don’t get dazzled by all the fancy gardening tools, unless you’re not trying to stay on a budget. They may make you look more stylish, but they won’t really make a difference in your gardens.]
10. Composting makes more financial sense that buying fertilizer every year. The Frederick County Government Solid Waste Facilities has a composting class, as well as printed materials on the subject.
11. Mulch from Frederick County Recycling Centers is $8 for single-gound, and $15.00 for double-ground, per ton. 9031 Reichs Ford Road. Contact the Office of Recycling at 301-600-2960 for more information.
12. Pinterest is a wealth of information and design ideas! There are some great garden boards to follow.
If you have any tips to add, I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment! (Just below this article “leave a comment”…no worries, this is a no spam zone)
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