Alert
Close

Discover. Engage. Enjoy. Join us in Miami forLife@50+. Register today

Introducing RealPad

The tablet with free 24/7 customer support. Learn More

Bob Dylan Talks!

 

 

Life Reimagined Renew Year

 

 

Rewards for Good Sweepstakes

 

 

New Year's Resolution Contest 2015

 

 

Life at 50+ - Discover. Engage. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Life at 50+ - Register for the Digital Experience

 

 

Life Reimagined $10,000 Sweepstakes

 

 

Happy African American couple

 

 

 

 

 

 

AARP Auto Buying Program

 

 

AARP Staying Sharp: Keep Your Brain Healthy

 

 

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

 

 

Military and Veterans Discount

 

 

 

New Book

Dating After 50: How to get back in the game

Dating After 50 For Dummies

Contests and
Sweeps

$10,000 Life Reimagined Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 to help make your dreams a reality. See rules

Webinars

Sign up now for an upcoming webinar or find materials from a past session.

 

Home & Community Webinars

Family & Caregiving Webinars

Popular Articles

Viewed

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Poll: Are You a Real Techie?

Save a Buck

Gardening Tips That Save You Money

5 tips to create a beautiful garden on the cheap

This spring, create a gorgeous garden on the cheap with these five tips:

See also: Science of composting.

gardener planting - money saving gardening tips

One tip to save money: Join a garden club and get free advice. — AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

  • For free advice, join a garden club, ask questions at a local nursery or call your state's cooperative extension service.

  • Take photos of your flowering bulbs, so that in the fall you don't buy what you already have.

  • Sprinkle crushed eggshells on your soil. They're a good organic fertilizer, plus they'll keep snails, slugs and cutworms away.

  • Don't buy that costly once-a-year tool like a garden tiller or leaf shredder. Rent it.

  • Don't forget the dump. Frugal gardeners have found bags of potting soil, pots, trellises and even hoses there.

Cathie Gandel is a freelance writer based in Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.


Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Cereal

Members can download and print coupons for cereals from Kellogg's®.

grocery coupon center member benefit aarp

Members can print savings coupons at the Grocery Coupon Center powered by Coupons.com.

AngiesList

Members can save 25% to 45% on their Angie's List membership.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points