I have beautiful views in my house now thanks to Beautiful Views!


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Photo courtesy of Beautiful Views

I came across the website Beautiful Views online and had to have one of these shelving units! I love to have plants in the house, but had hardly any because I never had any place to put them. Beautiful Views sent me a shelf unit to review and share with you. It’s as good as I thought it would be!  We got our unit and had the unit put up in 5 minutes or less. There’s no assembly required. Basically, we unwrapped it, had to hammer one nail at the top of our window frame and our unit was hung up. It fit perfectly in our window. The kids picked out some plants for the shelves for me for Mother’s Day and this week we’ll get some more and some nice pots to put them in. 

The shelves are made of a thick durable crystal clear acrylic.   Nothing about this unit takes away from the beautiful views that I have when I look into my dining room. 

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This is going to be great to have all year long, especially here in New England. This week we’re going to grow some herbs from seed and now we have a perfect spot for our herbs all year long.I no longer have to pull out the TV trays to have them by the window, because now I have my Beautiful Views shelving unit. Though I’ve never felt I had a green thumb, I think that’s about to turn around! 

For standard size windows, you can simply order their product off of Amazon.  For those who have a unique window sizes, custom sizes are available and you can contact them online. 

When you hang your unit, you’ll see the shelves are equal distant apart, but it’s very easy to change that with the little tool kit you’ll receive with your kit to fit your plants of many sizes. 

I’m so excited to share this product with you, because I know many of you will find them as neat and unique as I have. Take a minute to check out their site and Facebook page for many photos. We’ll get our photos up as soon as i get my pots and a few more plant to make it just the way I want it!!! 

You can certainly buy this product with confidence! Not only does it have the ECP Stamp of Approval, many customers have given Beautiful Views a 5 star rating!!!! I can’t wait to hear how much you all like these too. 


The Centsible Gardener Series: No Space? How to Grow a Container Garden

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No Space, No Problem! How to Grow a Container Garden

Do you not have a large backyard? Or perhaps you live in an apartment or condo and have no backyard at all. Whatever the case may be, if you are limited on space it does not mean you can’t have a productive garden! How so you ask? A container garden is the answer to all of your small space problems! With a container garden, you can still grow all of your favorite flowers and vegetables in one small and compact space. Using a simple container of your choice, you can easily grow a bountiful crop this season right on your own patio!

Interested? Take a peek below to see how easy it is to grow your own small container garden. We have broken it down to seven simple steps to get you started!

How to Grow a Container Garden in Five Easy Steps:

1. Opt for seeds instead of plants.
At a local nursery, pepper plants are $1.95 each, however you can get at least a dozen great seeds out of a packet of seeds that costs $1.00 or even less. So instead, start from seed and spend a few pennies per plant.

2. Visit your thrift store for containers.
Your local gardening center may have large planters, but at the cost of as much as $20.00 each! Instead, look for less expensive options. Many times, people buy more than they need for a project and donate the rest. Why not shop second hand stores for all of your tools, gardening gloves, watering cans, pots, saucers and more?

3. Plan on perennials.
If you love flowers, plan on planting perennials. Annuals will only last one season. However, there are lots of perennials that look great in container gardens, and if you bring them indoors at the end of the season, they are sure to give you another spectacular show in the spring!

4. Find a sunny spot.
Your container garden will do great on a sunny deck, patio, or even sidewalk. Watch your surroundings for a few days and figure out which spot gets at least 6-8 hours of good sun. Once you know, you know where to put your container!

5. Consider climbing varieties.
Since a container is limited in space, choose plants that grow upwards. If you put a stake or trellis in your container, you can easily grow string beans, climbing tomato plants, morning glories, and so much more!

6. Don’t forget to feed.
Even small gardens need lots of food and water. Don’t forget to water regularly and fertilize your container garden to keep it flourishing for you. Follow planting directions to know how much to feed so you don’t overfeed your small garden.

7. Keep your eyes peeled in the off season.
Keep your eyes open for materials during the off season. Extra pots and tools can be stocked up on and used later.

As you can see, you are only seven steps away from a great container garden! If you are limited on space, don’t worry. Even the smallest space can produce an abundant container garden. So gather your supplies and get planting your own container garden today. When it starts producing for you, you will be so glad you did!

Check back tomorrow for more gardening ideas and tips! 

The Centsible Gardener Series: How to Make Your Own Plant and Garden Food

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How to Make Your Own Plant & Garden Food

Every green thumb gardener knows that you must feed your plants in order for them to thrive. But how do you know what to feed them? There are so many varieties out there, and they can be quite expensive. If the price was not enough to scare you, perhaps the thought that these food products are full of chemicals harmful to pets and kids will! If you are looking for a safer, and more budget friendly way to feed your plants this year, you are in luck! Below, you will find several recipes for how to make your own plant and garden food.

Here are a couple simple and inexpensive home remedies to help keep your garden looking and tasting its best. You will notice how simple each recipe is, as most of the ingredients can be found right in your kitchen. These recipes do not require a great deal of time or money, so take a peek below and see which one you want to mix up!

How to Make Your Own Plant & Garden Food: 3 Simple Recipes

Recipe #1
Simple Plant Food:

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1 teaspoon epsom salts.
  • 1 teaspoon ammonia.

Directions:
1. Mix your ingredients together in a gallon of room temperature water.
2. Store the solution in an airtight, labeled container.
3. Use it once every 4 to 6 weeks, or even less if your plants seem to be producing well.

Recipe #2
Chemical Free Pesticide:

  • 1 minced garlic clove.
  • 1 cup warm water.
  • 3-4 drops of dish soap.

Directions:
1. Mix the three ingredients together.
2. Pour into a labeled spray bottle.
3. Spray generously on plants, both edible and non edible.
4. Bugs will find this mixture disgusting and will leave your plants alone.

Recipe #3
Wonderful Weed Killer:

  • 1 gallon of distilled vinegar.
  • 1 cup of salt.
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap.

Directions:
1. Mix the ingredients and pour into a labeled spray bottle.
2. Spray directly on weeds in the garden.
3. You can also pour directly into cracks of walks and driveways.
4.  Repeat as needed.

See how easy it is to whip up your own plant foods and fertilizers? You can make most of these recipes with four ingredients or less and four steps or less. In fact, you could probably make these concoctions in the time it takes to just drive to the gardening center.

All of these mixtures are safe to use around children and pets and can be stored and used throughout the summer safely. As noted in all of the recipes, it is important to label all mixtures so that you know what each one is, and teach kids not to play with them.

This summer, forget the commercial plant foods and fertilizers. Instead, opt for homemade mixtures such as these and not only save time, but money as well! Avoid nasty chemicals, create a safe growing space for kids and pets, and feel proud knowing that you did it all yourself. So when your friends and family ask you what your secret is to such beautiful and thriving plants, you can tell them it is your own secret recipe!

The Centsible Gardener Series: Seven Benefits of a Window Herb Garden

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The Centsible Gardener Series: Seven Benefits of a Window Herb Garden

If you love fresh herbs but hate paying the high price, you need to cut out the supermarket middle man! What does this mean exactly? It means growing your own fresh and tasty herbs right at home. Growing your own herbs at home is a cinch, efficient, and you can really stretch your grocery budget! Below, you will find seven savvy benefits of a window herb garden and just exactly what growing one can do for you!

Don’t waste your precious money on fresh herbs at the store that not only cost an arm and a leg, but are typically wilted and dead in a few days. Instead, make your own window the source of all of the fresh herbs you need. Here is what you need to know!

Seven  Benefits of a Window Herb Garden:

1. Food at your fingertips.
When you have your own herb garden growing right in your window, you avoid last minute trips to the market. When you avoid these trips, you avoid impulse purchases. Plus, you save on gas.

2. Spice up your meals.
When you add herbs to your food, you get rid of the boring and add some spice! Don’t waste your money buying expensive marinades and seasoning packets. Snip a few fresh herbs and season your foods instead!

3. Make your food budget go further.
A bundle of fresh herbs at a grocer can cost as much as $5.00 a container. Instead, make a small investment in potting soil and herb seeds. This will net you hundreds of dollars worth of fresh herbs!

4. Invite in an education opportunity.
Herb gardening is an educational experience for adults as well as for children! Explore the plants, learn about new ways to cook them, and find out various gardening tips together as a family.

5. Say goodbye to stress.
Did you know an herb garden can relieve all that built up stress? How? The aroma, the exercise you get, plus the visual appeal will help your stress melt away. And remember, when you are healthy, you are saving money on the cost of health care!

6. Get all the vitamins you need.
Adding fresh herbs to your diet is an easy way to boost your meal’s vitamin content. Fresh herbs have a better vitamin content than dried, so opt for your own home grown herbs and feel healthier.

7. Enjoy sharing.
Why not share your crop with local food banks, neighbors, or friends? Chances are you will grow more than enough! In this case, take the time to share your surplus and see how happy it makes people.

So grab some seeds and start planting a window herb garden today. You now know seven savvy reasons why every frugal household should have one. Give sweet basil, chives, parsley, rosemary, dill, or even mint a try!

All it takes is a few small pots, potting soil, seeds, water, and sun! Follow all planting directions found directly on the seed packaging and you are good to “grow!

The Centsible Garden Series: Create a Garden For Your Favorite Dishes

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The Centsible Garden Series: Create a Garden Based on Your Favorite Dishes

It sounds funny, doesn’t it? Grow your own pizza. Grow your own stir fry. But, with smart planning and some new varieties of seeds and plants, you can create a garden based on your favorite dishes.

1. Grow Your Own Tacos: Create a Tex-Mex condiment bar:

Lettuce…
Plant romaine, which is nice and crunchy in tacos and very easy to grow. Position the lettuce near tomatoes or other tall-growing plants to keep the leaves from wilting in warm weather. Be sure to keep the soil evenly moist.

Chilies…
Jalapenos are a gardener’s delight. Given full sun, a single pepper plant will produce a bumper crop. They don’t need a lot of space; they tend to grow in small tightly knit formations.

Cilantro…
Slow Bolt cilantro withstands heat better than typical cilantro. The herb grows quickly from seed and goes to seed just as fast-about three weeks. It won’t last long udner a hot summer sun so sow a few seeds or plants each week.

Tomatillos…
Sweet green tomatillos are great for salsa verde: Broil a few, chop, and mix with onions garlic, adobo sauce and cilantro. You’ll know they’re ready to harvest when the papery husks split open.

2. Grow You Own Pizza: Finish a homemade pizza with toppings straight from your backyard.

Chives…
Once planted, chives return year after year, so you’ll always have some to sprinkle on pizza come summer. Garlic chives add nice, subtle garlic flavor. The plants white flowers are also edible.

Basil…
The newer compact basil Summerlong doesn’t get as leggy as the traditional Genovese variety. Snip off any flower buds before they bloom to keep the leaves tender.

Tomatoes…
Grow romas instead of the clasic beefsteak variety. They’re sweeter an better for making sauce. Plant some Sun Gold cherry tomatoes too. They’ll add color to your garden-and your pizza. Avoid buying plants that already have flowers or fruit, they’re too mature and may not adjust to your soil.

Arugula…
Plant the Sylvetta variety, which has extra peppery flavor. Like all arugual, it grows easily from seed; the first batch will be ready to harvest in about 35 days. Don’t waste time picking it leaf by leaf-cut off the top two-thrirds of the plant, and new leaves will appear in two weeks.

Oregano…
Try the spicier Greek type, it thrives in a dry sunny location. The plants will keep growing until the first frost and sometimes even into winter. One or two plants will produce more than enough herbs for the season.

3. Grow your own Stir-Fry: Homegrown ingredients will make your wok really sizzle.

Bok Choy…
Plant baby bok choy, which grows quickly and has tender, sweet leaves that are tasty in a stir-fry. Bok choy is best grown from seed. Weed out seedlings that are maturing slowly to help the others sprout faster. Each seed will yield one bunch.

Eggplant…
Japanese eggplants are virtually seedless and ripen a bit faster than the classic Italian variety. They’re also less bitter so you can throw them right into the wok without salting first. They need a full season to grow; speed things up by skipping the seeds and starting with a well-formed plant.

Onions…
Tender scallions are easy to grow and are ideal for quick cooking method like a stir-fry. You’ll get only one scallions per plant or seed, so after you pick one, immediately cut off the white root ended and set back into moist soil: it’ll regenerate within three weeks.

Peas…
Plant sugar snap peas rather than traditional snow peas; Even after sugar snap peas are cooked, they retain a satisfying crunch, and they’re less stringy and papery than the snow peas. Sugar snap peas grow to amazing heights, so outfit your plot with a six-foot-tall bamboo stake.

Bell Peppers…
Red, orange and yellow bell peppers are sweeter than the usual green variety. And they’re a relative bargain. At the grocery store, brightly colored bell peppers are often much more expensive. Like eggplants, bell peppers take all summer to mature. To jump-start the process, avoid seeds and purchase small plants.

These are just a few of many garden meals you can create. Try growing your own cocktails and snacks too. Have fun with it!

Article Credit: Ideas in this write up were “sprouted” from Food Network Magazine May 2010 issue, article called Garden of Eatin’ by Alejandro Saralegui

Looking for deals and ideas for your gardening and yard care? Click HERE for great information I have for you! 

 

The Centsible Garden Series: Create a Garden For Your Favorite Dishes

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The Centsible Garden Series: Create a Garden Based on Your Favorite Dishes

It sounds funny, doesn’t it? Grow your own pizza. Grow your own stir fry. But, with smart planning and some new varieties of seeds and plants, you can create a garden based on your favorite dishes.

1. Grow Your Own Tacos: Create a Tex-Mex condiment bar:

Lettuce…
Plant romaine, which is nice and crunchy in tacos and very easy to grow. Position the lettuce near tomatoes or other tall-growing plants to keep the leaves from wilting in warm weather. Be sure to keep the soil evenly moist.

Chilies…
Jalapenos are a gardener’s delight. Given full sun, a single pepper plant will produce a bumper crop. They don’t need a lot of space; they tend to grow in small tightly knit formations.

Cilantro…
Slow Bolt cilantro withstands heat better than typical cilantro. The herb grows quickly from seed and goes to seed just as fast-about three weeks. It won’t last long udner a hot summer sun so sow a few seeds or plants each week.

Tomatillos…
Sweet green tomatillos are great for salsa verde: Broil a few, chop, and mix with onions garlic, adobo sauce and cilantro. You’ll know they’re ready to harvest when the papery husks split open.

2. Grow You Own Pizza: Finish a homemade pizza with toppings straight from your backyard.

Chives…
Once planted, chives return year after year, so you’ll always have some to sprinkle on pizza come summer. Garlic chives add nice, subtle garlic flavor. The plants white flowers are also edible.

Basil…
The newer compact basil Summerlong doesn’t get as leggy as the traditional Genovese variety. Snip off any flower buds before they bloom to keep the leaves tender.

Tomatoes…
Grow romas instead of the clasic beefsteak variety. They’re sweeter an better for making sauce. Plant some Sun Gold cherry tomatoes too. They’ll add color to your garden-and your pizza. Avoid buying plants that already have flowers or fruit, they’re too mature and may not adjust to your soil.

Arugula…
Plant the Sylvetta variety, which has extra peppery flavor. Like all arugual, it grows easily from seed; the first batch will be ready to harvest in about 35 days. Don’t waste time picking it leaf by leaf-cut off the top two-thrirds of the plant, and new leaves will appear in two weeks.

Oregano…
Try the spicier Greek type, it thrives in a dry sunny location. The plants will keep growing until the first frost and sometimes even into winter. One or two plants will produce more than enough herbs for the season.

3. Grow your own Stir-Fry: Homegrown ingredients will make your wok really sizzle.

Bok Choy…
Plant baby bok choy, which grows quickly and has tender, sweet leaves that are tasty in a stir-fry. Bok choy is best grown from seed. Weed out seedlings that are maturing slowly to help the others sprout faster. Each seed will yield one bunch.

Eggplant…
Japanese eggplants are virtually seedless and ripen a bit faster than the classic Italian variety. They’re also less bitter so you can throw them right into the wok without salting first. They need a full season to grow; speed things up by skipping the seeds and starting with a well-formed plant.

Onions…
Tender scallions are easy to grow and are ideal for quick cooking method like a stir-fry. You’ll get only one scallions per plant or seed, so after you pick one, immediately cut off the white root ended and set back into moist soil: it’ll regenerate within three weeks.

Peas…
Plant sugar snap peas rather than traditional snow peas; Even after sugar snap peas are cooked, they retain a satisfying crunch, and they’re less stringy and papery than the snow peas. Sugar snap peas grow to amazing heights, so outfit your plot with a six-foot-tall bamboo stake.

Bell Peppers…
Red, orange and yellow bell peppers are sweeter than the usual green variety. And they’re a relative bargain. At the grocery store, brightly colored bell peppers are often much more expensive. Like eggplants, bell peppers take all summer to mature. To jump-start the process, avoid seeds and purchase small plants.

These are just a few of many garden meals you can create. Try growing your own cocktails and snacks too. Have fun with it!

Article Credit: Ideas in this write up were “sprouted” from Food Network Magazine May 2010 issue, article called Garden of Eatin’ by Alejandro Saralegui

Looking for deals and ideas for your gardening and yard care? Click HERE for great information I have for you! 

 

The Centsible Garden Series: Create a Garden For Your Favorite Dishes

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The Centsible Garden Series: Create a Garden Based on Your Favorite Dishes

It sounds funny, doesn’t it? Grow your own pizza. Grow your own stir fry. But, with smart planning and some new varieties of seeds and plants, you can create a garden based on your favorite dishes.

1. Grow Your Own Tacos: Create a Tex-Mex condiment bar:

Lettuce…
Plant romaine, which is nice and crunchy in tacos and very easy to grow. Position the lettuce near tomatoes or other tall-growing plants to keep the leaves from wilting in warm weather. Be sure to keep the soil evenly moist.

Chilies…
Jalapenos are a gardener’s delight. Given full sun, a single pepper plant will produce a bumper crop. They don’t need a lot of space; they tend to grow in small tightly knit formations.

Cilantro…
Slow Bolt cilantro withstands heat better than typical cilantro. The herb grows quickly from seed and goes to seed just as fast-about three weeks. It won’t last long udner a hot summer sun so sow a few seeds or plants each week.

Tomatillos…
Sweet green tomatillos are great for salsa verde: Broil a few, chop, and mix with onions garlic, adobo sauce and cilantro. You’ll know they’re ready to harvest when the papery husks split open.

2. Grow You Own Pizza: Finish a homemade pizza with toppings straight from your backyard.

Chives…
Once planted, chives return year after year, so you’ll always have some to sprinkle on pizza come summer. Garlic chives add nice, subtle garlic flavor. The plants white flowers are also edible.

Basil…
The newer compact basil Summerlong doesn’t get as leggy as the traditional Genovese variety. Snip off any flower buds before they bloom to keep the leaves tender.

Tomatoes…
Grow romas instead of the clasic beefsteak variety. They’re sweeter an better for making sauce. Plant some Sun Gold cherry tomatoes too. They’ll add color to your garden-and your pizza. Avoid buying plants that already have flowers or fruit, they’re too mature and may not adjust to your soil.

Arugula…
Plant the Sylvetta variety, which has extra peppery flavor. Like all arugual, it grows easily from seed; the first batch will be ready to harvest in about 35 days. Don’t waste time picking it leaf by leaf-cut off the top two-thrirds of the plant, and new leaves will appear in two weeks.

Oregano…
Try the spicier Greek type, it thrives in a dry sunny location. The plants will keep growing until the first frost and sometimes even into winter. One or two plants will produce more than enough herbs for the season.

3. Grow your own Stir-Fry: Homegrown ingredients will make your wok really sizzle.

Bok Choy…
Plant baby bok choy, which grows quickly and has tender, sweet leaves that are tasty in a stir-fry. Bok choy is best grown from seed. Weed out seedlings that are maturing slowly to help the others sprout faster. Each seed will yield one bunch.

Eggplant…
Japanese eggplants are virtually seedless and ripen a bit faster than the classic Italian variety. They’re also less bitter so you can throw them right into the wok without salting first. They need a full season to grow; speed things up by skipping the seeds and starting with a well-formed plant.

Onions…
Tender scallions are easy to grow and are ideal for quick cooking method like a stir-fry. You’ll get only one scallions per plant or seed, so after you pick one, immediately cut off the white root ended and set back into moist soil: it’ll regenerate within three weeks.

Peas…
Plant sugar snap peas rather than traditional snow peas; Even after sugar snap peas are cooked, they retain a satisfying crunch, and they’re less stringy and papery than the snow peas. Sugar snap peas grow to amazing heights, so outfit your plot with a six-foot-tall bamboo stake.

Bell Peppers…
Red, orange and yellow bell peppers are sweeter than the usual green variety. And they’re a relative bargain. At the grocery store, brightly colored bell peppers are often much more expensive. Like eggplants, bell peppers take all summer to mature. To jump-start the process, avoid seeds and purchase small plants.

These are just a few of many garden meals you can create. Try growing your own cocktails and snacks too. Have fun with it!

Article Credit: Ideas in this write up were “sprouted” from Food Network Magazine May 2010 issue, article called Garden of Eatin’ by Alejandro Saralegui

Looking for deals and ideas for your gardening and yard care? Click HERE for great information I have for you! 

 

The Centsible Gardener Series: Seven Benefits of a Window Herb Garden

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The Centsible Gardener Series: Seven Benefits of a Window Herb Garden

If you love fresh herbs but hate paying the high price, you need to cut out the supermarket middle man! What does this mean exactly? It means growing your own fresh and tasty herbs right at home. Growing your own herbs at home is a cinch, efficient, and you can really stretch your grocery budget! Below, you will find seven savvy benefits of a window herb garden and just exactly what growing one can do for you!

Don’t waste your precious money on fresh herbs at the store that not only cost an arm and a leg, but are typically wilted and dead in a few days. Instead, make your own window the source of all of the fresh herbs you need. Here is what you need to know!

Seven  Benefits of a Window Herb Garden:

1. Food at your fingertips.
When you have your own herb garden growing right in your window, you avoid last minute trips to the market. When you avoid these trips, you avoid impulse purchases. Plus, you save on gas.

2. Spice up your meals.
When you add herbs to your food, you get rid of the boring and add some spice! Don’t waste your money buying expensive marinades and seasoning packets. Snip a few fresh herbs and season your foods instead!

3. Make your food budget go further.
A bundle of fresh herbs at a grocer can cost as much as $5.00 a container. Instead, make a small investment in potting soil and herb seeds. This will net you hundreds of dollars worth of fresh herbs!

4. Invite in an education opportunity.
Herb gardening is an educational experience for adults as well as for children! Explore the plants, learn about new ways to cook them, and find out various gardening tips together as a family.

5. Say goodbye to stress.
Did you know an herb garden can relieve all that built up stress? How? The aroma, the exercise you get, plus the visual appeal will help your stress melt away. And remember, when you are healthy, you are saving money on the cost of health care!

6. Get all the vitamins you need.
Adding fresh herbs to your diet is an easy way to boost your meal’s vitamin content. Fresh herbs have a better vitamin content than dried, so opt for your own home grown herbs and feel healthier.

7. Enjoy sharing.
Why not share your crop with local food banks, neighbors, or friends? Chances are you will grow more than enough! In this case, take the time to share your surplus and see how happy it makes people.

So grab some seeds and start planting a window herb garden today. You now know seven savvy reasons why every frugal household should have one. Give sweet basil, chives, parsley, rosemary, dill, or even mint a try!

All it takes is a few small pots, potting soil, seeds, water, and sun! Follow all planting directions found directly on the seed packaging and you are good to “grow!

The Centsible Gardener Series: Seven Tips Every Gardener Should Know

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The Centsible Gardener Series: Seven Tips Every Gardener Should Know

One of the best things about gardening is that it does not have to cost a lot of money. In fact, gardening is one of the thriftiest hobbies around! In addition, it is a great way to stretch your food budget and feed your family for less. If you are a gardener, or if you want to be a gardener, you will want to take a peek below at seven tips every gardener should know. These tips will help even the thriftiest of gardeners save money while getting their thumb a little greener.

As you will see, these steps are easy to follow and do not require a great deal of time or even skill. Give a few a try and see what a difference it makes to your budget and your gardening routine!

Seven Tips Every Centsible Gardener Should Know:

1. Properly store your seeds.
You should store your dried seeds in the refrigerator to prolong their life. Simply put them inside a plastic air-tight storage container and watch them last for years. That way when you find a good deal on them, you can stock up and not worry about buying more year to year.

2. Start a friendship garden.
When you swap with friends, you trade plants and seeds you have a surplus of in exchange for new varieties your friends or family have a surplus of. This is a great way to get new varieties for free!

3. Propagate your own plants.
This sounds scary, but no worries it is actually quite simple. Propagate is just a fancy way of saying “grow your own plants.” You can start plants from seeds or even cuttings. This way you can have dozens of plants for the price of what you would have paid for one at a nursery.

4. Behold the power of newspaper
To save money on weed control lay down 6 layers of black and white print newspaper on the ground. Take this action before you apply your mulch. Not only will you use less mulch this way, but it will block weeds better than mulch alone.

5. Make your own compost.
Compost is a power food for plants. All you need to do is put a large container in your backyard and fill it with leaves, grass clipping, and food scraps. You can also add egg shells if you wish or even worms. In time a rich mixture will form. Stir it well and apply to the soil and watch your garden grow. Some other items you can toss into your compost bin include banana peels, nut shells, pinecones, and even dryer lint!

6. Stick to native plants.
Stick to planting flowers and vegetables that are native to your region. They will naturally thrive. Be mindful of the “zones” each plant is typically labeled with so you know that it will do well in your area. Just because a plant variety is sold down the street from you, it doesn’t mean it will thrive. Read the tags well and find plants made for your region.

7. Do your shopping at the end of the season.
If you need new tools or gardening supplies that are a bit more expensive, always opt for end of season sales. Typically, these sales will start as early as mid July when you can still get plenty of use out of these items. Ask your local home and garden center when this mark down time is for them and take advantage of it!

As you can see, you are only seven steps away from becoming an even more “centsible” gardener. You don’t have to have a lot of time, huge budget, or the greenest thumb around to follow these simple tips and tricks.

Learning to garden is a process, so try these tips out a couple at a time and see how they work for you! You are sure to see not only healthier plants, but a healthier budget as well!