Gardening On A Budget

Spring has sprung and for many East Texans that means it's time to add a little color around the house. Sometimes stocking up on all the things you need to have a beautiful flower bed can add up. But florists say you can still have a great garden, even if your wallet is a little light.

"They don't have to buy a whole flat they can buy a six pack or mix and match the flowers to have a wide array of flowers," said Pat Crawford of Don's Plants.

Most nurseries have a wide range of bed plants and many times you can buy a flat of 36 plants for about 10 to 15 dollars. Another way to save money in the long run is to use gravel rocks instead of mulch as bed cover and borders.

"They're moderately priced," said Crawford. "And the rock holds up a lot longer than timbers so you won't have to replace them as often."

Old Fashioned offers some other tips to help you save money this gardening season:

* Plan ahead. Knowing what you want and where you want it will keep you from buying the wrong thing at the nursery.

* Use compost, such as grass clippings instead of fertilizer. It's improves soil composition, can prevent disease from killing your plants and best of all it's free.

* Use seeds as often as possible. The cost may be about the same as a regular plant but you have the possibility for several plants to grow with a pack of seeds.

* And plant perennials as opposed to ones you'll have to replant every year. And hopefully with these tips and a little hard work you can add a splash of color to your home and still have some green left in your pocket.

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