One of my greatest pleasures is working in my garden. Not only do I get Vitamin D from the sun, but I also get exercise, fresh air and the occasional fresh fruit or veggie. Although each individual seed packet or plant doesn’t cost a lot of money, the expenses DO add up.
Here are five of my favorite sites to help you with your garden schedule and budget:
- KinderGARDEN is a wonderful site chock full of links to help you garden with kids. I had a great time gardening with my kids when they were little. The most important thing with kids is to buy hardy and cheap plants. They tend to “plant” and “unplant” them multiple times. The joy is in the mud. Don’t expect lots of the plants to survive.
- The Garden Helper is an extensive site with information regarding what to do in your garden during each month based on your location. As I discovered when moving from New England to Southern California; planting times differ with the region.
- Northern and Southern planting schedules can be found on this Love to Know page. In the North, it is time to sow seeds indoors. In the South, it is time to actively plant outdoors.
- The National Garden Association Seed Swap. One of the best ways to save on gardening is to join a seed swap. You may find a local group or a national group. (I’m uncertain if seeds can cross borders.) You can also look for neighbors who have great gardens and ask for some of their cuttings. Most gardeners love to share their knowledge and their plants. A nice batch of cookies or some homemade soup is a wonderful way to thank your helpful horticulturalist.
- Once you have your garden growing, you can make some great homemade gifts of plants and seeds for your friends. A unique gift is a painted clay pot with one of the cuttings from your garden. If this is for a memorial event like an anniversary or wedding shower, you can personalize with name and date.
I love my garden and the beauty that it gives me. What’s your favorite garden site?