Help in the Garden--10 Frugal Tips
by Cyndi Roberts

Whether you are an avid vegetable gardener, a beginning
herb gardener or just like to have a pretty yard, these
frugal tips may help you save a little money!

1. Stale coffee and coffee grounds make great organic fertilizer.
They provide many trace minerals and low, gentle levels of nitrogen,
potassium and phosphorous.

2. Remember that a good soaking of water less often
is better than a light sprinkling every day -- for
veggies and for your lawn.

3. If your neighbor has a plant you particularly like,
ask for a cutting, instead of going to the nursery and
buying one. Maybe you could trade a cutting from one
of your own plants.

4. To easily water a tomato plant, bury a bottomless
coffee can next to the plant and pour the water into the
can. This allows the water to go straight to the roots.

5. Plant marigolds in your vegetable garden. They will attract
insects that eat aphids and other pests.

6. My husband bought some used carpet at a garage sale,
cut it into wide strips and laid it down between the rows
in our garden. Now we can pick peas with getting our
shoes muddy.

7. Use grass clippings as mulch around your vegetable
plants to keep moisture in and weeds out. Just don't
use the clippings right after you have fertilized your
grass or treated for weed control.

8. If you have access to them, pine needles make
excellent mulch.

9. A natural, frugal garden pest spray:
mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap and 1 cup
of cooking oil. Use 3 tablespoons of this mixture to
1 quart of water and spray on plants.

10. In the herb garden, to keep plants like mint from
taking over too big an area, put it in a clay pot and
simply plant the whole pot!

"He who plants a garden, plants happiness."

Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another" bi-weekly
newsletter and founder of the website of the same name.
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