Friday, April 20, 2012

Plants for 15 Cents!


If you have a large space to fill with plants, starting them by seed could save you a bundle of money. For less than $6.00 ($2.00 for seeds and less than $4.00 in peat pots and we had the potting soil left over from last year) we should end up with over 40 zinnia plants (God willing, of course). That brings the per plant price to less than 15 cents! My local dollar store didn't have the kinds of seeds I wanted for landscaping my front yard but they did have sunflower seeds, vegetable seeds and more for 25 cents a package. That would bring your costs down even more.

There's also a certain indescribable (and priceless) joy that comes with growing plants from seed. It's truly exciting to see them sprout above the ground, grow their first true leaves and eventually flower in your garden. I like to save the seed packet and write the date I planted them (the above packet's seeds were planted on the 16th) right on the packet. I used to tape them into a notebook but it got too messy. I think pictures will be much neater.


These Mexican blanket flower seeds were packaged to be planted in 2010 but they were free (can't get cheaper than that!), courtesy of the Maryland Master Gardeners at the 2011 Montgomery County Fair. I figured that if they grow it'll be a bonus and if they don't I can always reuse the soil and pots.


I also planted this package of purple zinnias today. I think the red and purple will look nice together. The purple will go in a full sun area and the red on the border between sun and shade and even a bit into the shady area.

Have you ever planted anything from seed? Did you enjoy the process? May your gardens be bountiful and may God bless you dear reader!


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  2. You were really busy today. I have planted seeds, I have a friend in England who sent me some Hollyhock seeds, I remembered my mother having some in the back yard when I was a kid and wanted to see if I could get the to grow here in the south. Not only did they grow but three of them ended up being 6' tall!!! They have come up again this year so I can't wait to see them again.
    If your interested I have a whole envelope full of them and your welcome to them. The fun part is waiting for them to bloom to see what color they are.

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    1. Thank you Jan! You are so kind and thoughtful!

      I wondered what kind of plant that was when you shared the photo with me :) Hollyhocks are beautiful! I'd love the seeds but don't want you to spend international postage so will just enjoy your photos :) Hope you post more over the summer :) I think my Dad might have some hollyhock seeds to share though so I'll ask him :)

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