When Michigan started its Coronavirus “Stay at Home” order, I made the decision not to shop at the garden center this season. Since that time, Michigan lifted many of its quarantine restrictions, but my determination to garden without spending a lot of money continues. It’s teaching me new gardening skills and for that I’m grateful.
My favorite challenge this season has been coming up with container ideas using plants grown from seed or plants I have on hand. In the past, I spent a lot of money on plants to fill containers and window boxes, and I notice that most of the garden accounts I follow, do the same. But I don’t think this approach is helpful to gardeners on a budget. Like me.
The reality is that the average gardener in the United States doesn’t have limitless funds to spend on gardening. Especially during a pandemic when thousands of people have lost their jobs. If there’s ever been a time for budget-conscious gardening, it’s now. Growing plants from seeds and stem cuttings is a great cost-saving strategy.
I decided to use a purple and orange color scheme for my patio containers this season. I purchased coleus seeds, and the coleus plants grown from seeds now represent the bulk of my containers.
My containers use coleus, red leaf hibiscus, elephant ears, and purple heart plant. The terracotta pots reinforce the color scheme and highlight the copper-colored ornaments in the garden behind the patio.
I’m glad I decided not to shop at the garden center this season. Of course, it’s easier to buy plants, but using the plants you have on hand and propagating plants from seeds and cuttings will help you save money and learn new gardening skills. I’d love to hear how you are saving money in the garden this season. Happy gardening!
Swallowtail Garden Seeds.com – Website where I purchased my coleus seeds. I was very happy with the quality of the seeds I purchase.
How to Take Stem Cuttings of Purple Heart Plant – Quick How-To video
Black glossy pale – I purchased a few glossy black pails that I used as inexpensive plant containers. I just drilled drainage holes and used these 5-gallon pails to grown tomatoes on the patio.
My Mother-in-Law purchased cherry tomato seedlings at an open-air market and gave us a few plants because we did not grow tomatoes from seed.