The moment the first seed catalog arrives in the mail, my fingers begin to itch.
I start dreaming of ordering new flowers and fruit trees, and building new raised bed and garden features.
I imagine how beautiful the flowers will be, and how delicious my own tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers will taste after a winter of cardboard vegetables from the grocery store.
Before all of those things happen though, it pays to make a little time to do some planning, budgeting, and taking stock.
There are all sorts of flowers that I love, but I have a fairly large garden space to work with, so I have to keep costs down.
I've found several ways to get a lot of plants for cheap or free, and I thought I'd share a few of them with you.
Residential tree removal is pretty darned expensive, and I don't have any tips for getting rid of trees for cheap or free. But I can share how we reduced our cost, and gained value from unwanted trees
When we bought the tea room, it came with a large yard full of grass, black walnut trees, scraggly, stinky, over-grown cedar trees. The cedar trees covered the front of the house, and the walnuts lobbed green grenades into the yard in the fall (I spent 6 months walking with a limp after I rolled my ankle on a black walnut). They had to go.
First off, let me tell you who I'm not:
I don't have paid sponsorships from big box retailers and garden centers.
I don't have a millionaire uncle.
I don't have a PhD in horticulture.
I'm not a naturally organized person.