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Next Years' Garden for Next to Nothing

A photo of Vickie MorganHere I go again already thinking about next springs garden. But I've recently found ways to garden next year more cost effectively. Some of these ideas you may want to start getting prepared for now, so you can garden for next to nothing next year.

You can grow seeds outdoors in the winter and your don't need a greenhouse! Bat will just love this one because I've been wanting a greenhouse forever. How is it done?

Well, you can sow seeds into mini greenhouses made from recyclables and after they are sown, you place them outside till the end of winter. As the weather warms the seeds start to germinate. You can find out more by going to the Winter Sown website. I'm starting to save my recyclables now.

How about a Seed Exchange- where you can try new plants without spending too much (you will have to pay for postage). Well I thought about doing one here and I had the website up and ready until I found out that there are many good ones already going. There's a seed exchange at the Backyard Gardener Seed ExchangeThe Garden Web seed exchange and the Blossom Swap Seed Exchange plus many more listed on the Internet.

Did you have too many hostas, lilies, or say black-eyed susan's this past summer. Well, get ready this spring there always seems to be a local perennial exchange. My library holds one every year and I've always thought about going and this year I will do it. I already know which plants I want to exchange -the black-eyed susan's have just took over my flower garden this year and I know someone will want some. If your community doesn't have a perennial exchange maybe you can exchange with friends or neighbors.

Then the ultimate way to garden for next to nothing is to save your seeds. You'll be able to grow wonderful pumpkins, heirloom beans, and tomatoes all from the seeds you saved this year. You just can't get any cheaper than that!

Maybe I can exchange some of my cinderalla pumpkin seeds later.

Cinderella Pumpkin

11/24/2009 7:05:36 AM

Hi shannon, I'm excited too about the winter sown idea hope it works for me. We did grow some mustard greens but that was the end of our fall crop. Too cold in Michigan so we try things inside. Gardening is a lot of experments that's for sure. I took some advice from another friend and potted some mustard greens up and brought them into the garage. I guess it's best to put them in a dark space so they will go to my Mom's basement. Then around January you bring them up and you have fresh greens. Greens that have tubers like turnip do the best he said. so you know I'm excited to try this one also. Imagine fresh greens in January! vickie

s.m.r. saia
11/23/2009 5:59:09 AM

Hi Vickie! I've never heard of winter sowing - that's fascinating. I'm going to read that article right now! Thanks for directing us to it. Do you do a fall garden in Michigan, or is too cold?

11/22/2009 9:07:21 PM

Hi Cindy, For some reason my mind never tires of it,I just think about gardening a lot even in the winter. Of course if I worked in a nursery like you -it would probably need a rest for sure. There is not much to do right now-just planning in my mind and of course I can't wait to try the winter sown idea and I've already traded seeds all I could. Just waiting for spring.... You have a wonderful Thanksgiving too-it's almost here. vickie

cindy murphy
11/22/2009 9:19:05 AM

Hi, Vickie. You brought up some good money-saving ideas...and if I was ambitious enough, I might try some of them! After the last perennial is cut back for the season, and the last leaf raked into the compost pile, I tend to forget about my gardens until spring. Maybe it's because of my line of work that when fall is over, I want to move on to other things besides gardening. But ah! Come spring, I'm always itching to get at it again! Have a great Thanksgiving.