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