Gardening : Starting from seeds whenever possible

 

driveway side of house sunflowers and zinnias

 

I guess that I have always been a bit frugal about gardening in that I had to dig my own holes, plant my own seeds, mow my own grass, etc :)  Like the majority of us!

Having said that,  in the past two years I  have tried to rely less and less on nursery starts and  started almost all flowers save for a few from seed. This year for the first time I started my tomatoes and vegetables from seed as well.

It requires a bit of a mess on the porches with seed containers everywhere for a few weeks but it saves quite a bit of money in the end. In the photo at the top of the post you can see a tomato plant tucked in with the flowers. There are more tucked in here and there amidst the flowers around the front and sides of the house and then the remainder are growing in the back yard raised beds.

Those tomato plants have grown immensely…far more than most years but so far, no ripe ones…just green. At least the local farms have ripe tomatoes now. I live for the moment.

The latest flowers to come into bloom here are some zinnias on the side of the house and this lovely sunflower in the back.

Orange Sunflower in BackPreview post

Isn’t she a beauty….the bees certainly think so.

How about you ? Do you have any tips or tricks in regards to saving money yet still indulging your love of gardening ?

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