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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.

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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.

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