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Old 03-14-2010, 09:19 PM   #1
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I see these little black pans in stores with 72 soil disks that you just add water and seeds and apparently grow flowers and veggies. Do these things really work? Consdering you can buy a couple of these things falong with seeds for about $15 you could end up with 150 flowers instad of buyign them from a nursery for a lot more money.

I bought my first house and admittedly don't have a huge budget for landscaping expenses. Not to mention too many other things to be done in the near future. I'm not sure how much time I can spend on landscaping this spring so I thought putting some flowers around the house would at least make it look a little more presentable, Maybe by 2011 I'll be able to do all the cool things I want to do with my landscape.

What are good flowers and plants I can grow that are pretty fool proof? I've never planted anything so I assume I do not have a green thumb.

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Talk to your county extension office and find a master gardener in your area. They can make great recommendations! I'd guess you might even have one who is a neighbor.

Speaking of neighbors.... in my first year in our new(old) house I made friends with all our neighbors and my first plants came from them - perennials that needed splitting, cuttings, etc. I got plants that were sure to do well (right plants for our area) and I got them for free. I also got a number of little old ladies who I now trade plants and gossip with.

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Not bad if they all germinate
I buy seeds & plant seeds in Spring
One year I had around 140 Marigold plants

I also go around & pickup seeds from other plants (other houses/areas)
I pull dead marigold flowers from other plants I see
Also ask friends & neighbors if they have any plants

I grow perennials...I dig up/thin them out every year & give them away
Black-eyed susans (wheel barrow full every year), white daiseys, hollyhock, lupines, monarda (hummingbirds love them), liatris

I also plant sunflowers every year
I harvest the biggest one for the seeds for the next year
Birds & chipmunks get the rest

I look on flower sites for plants that will grown in my zone
Also to see what they look like
I've bought a lot of perennials at the end of the season
I bought a ton from HD one year - all marked down to .10 because they were "dead"
Sales girl even asked me if I was sure I wanted them
I had some that did not regrow the next year....but most did
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I bought a ton from HD one year - all marked down to .10 because they were "dead"
Sales girl even asked me if I was sure I wanted them
I had some that did not regrow the next year....but most did
I'll second this - DH bought 18 azaleas last spring (the double blooming type) for between .99 and 4.99$. These were plants from the previous year that retailed for 19.99-49.99.$
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Nasturtium's are hands-down my favorite 'easy' flower. The foliage is beautiful, the colors bright, they seem to like to re-seed themselves every year, and they're edible! (Although I must admit that I don't like the flavor enough to munch on many of them)

The trays you're talking about are nice. But an even cheaper option is to use old cardboard egg cartons. I don't like finding the leftover 'stuff' from the store-made plugs so I always strip the base material off before planting anyway.
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The trays you're talking about are nice. But an even cheaper option is to use old cardboard egg cartons.
Was that you I saw in my shed last year?

Guess it's too late to patent that idea now.

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