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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 3rd Jul 07, 11:42 AM
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    The Great 'How To Spruce Up Your Garden For Less' Hunt
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    • 3rd Jul 07, 11:42 AM
    The Great 'How To Spruce Up Your Garden For Less' Hunt 3rd Jul 07 at 11:42 AM
    When the summer finally arrives there will be nothing better than eating al fresco and making the most of your garden. So I thought I'd tap MoneySavers' collective knowledge to pool ideas on how to landscape your garden for less. Whether it's bargain flora and fauna, cheap garden furniture or toy for the kids, share your ideas to how to make the most of your garden

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  • mjr600
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    • 3rd Jul 07, 3:36 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 07, 3:36 PM
    Is that for less time or for less money ? There is little need to spend a great deal of money to get a nice garden it requires 30% planning and 70% physical work, it's the physical bit that takes the time.

    Anyway most gardeners are an accomodating bunch and the easiest way to establish what will grow where you live is simply to ask the owners of a local garden you like, chances are you will come away with a cutting, some seeds or an entire plant.
  • wurzelsar
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    • 3rd Jul 07, 4:57 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 07, 4:57 PM
    Not exactly landscaping but planting.............

    Keep an eye out for reduced to clear plants in B&Q.
    Our local store has them weekly.........
    I planted up all my hanging baskets and pots this year with plants that were reduced from £3.98 to 20p-30p a tray. All because they needed a bit of water to revive them.

    At this time of year, stores like Wilkinsons and Garden centres sell off their seeds stock for around 10p-25p a packet. Store them in a cool and dry place and they will come for next year.

    Also, reduced to clear sections in the garden centres have perennials which have finished flowering. Trim them up and plant them out and they will flower next year.

    If you need large pots.........for floral displays or even to grow potatoes in.....Tesco give their flower buckets away for free, but they are popular so keep on asking.

    Alternatively, Morrisons supermarkets sell their flower buckets @ 99p for 8. When they have a glut of them they have more in each pack. I have had as many as 24 for 99p. Just drill holes into the base of each one for drainage.



    Last edited by Former MSE Wendy; 10-07-2007 at 6:14 PM.
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    • 3rd Jul 07, 8:01 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 07, 8:01 PM
    If you want some nice garden furniture for the next few years, this is the perfect time to buy it. Watch out for the sales in Homebase, B&Q, Wilkinsons etc as they need to shift the stocks they haven't been able to sell because it's been hissing down for weeks !
    I've just bought a hardwood garden seat reduced by 50% which at full price would have been a luxury rather than a treat and although I may not get to use it much this year, if at all, I have great plans to get a lot of use out of it in the years to come.
  • computerwoman
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    • 4th Jul 07, 4:08 AM
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    • 4th Jul 07, 4:08 AM
    when I first moved into my house 7 years ago now.
    I started digging the garden and re-shapeing the lawn.
    the whole neighbourhood came out and offered me plants, bulbs, cuttings, etc to fill up the empty spaces that I had dug....my garden is lovely now 7 years on it has matured lovely and looks great both in summer and in winter.....thanks to my neighbours .....one saw one give me something then another and another it was amazing......and I truely thank them for that.........so dont be afraid if they have something you fancy ask them if you can have a cutting.....as most things in summer need it be cut back to keep there shape and tidiness...and stop them from becoming over powering for other plants............they can only say 2 things yes or no and they are free........cw.



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    • save-a-lot
    • By save-a-lot 4th Jul 07, 7:28 AM
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    • 4th Jul 07, 7:28 AM
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    • 4th Jul 07, 7:28 AM
    Hi

    All our clematis are from Morrisson's and cost ALOT less than garden centre prices... all are now strong healthy plants
  • Kazza1
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    • 4th Jul 07, 7:32 AM
    Village Fetes - Cheap Plants
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    • 4th Jul 07, 7:32 AM
    Try visiting local village fetes. Most round here have a plant stall and the plants rarely cost more than 50p (for pretty mature plants). Sometimes they even reduce prices further at the end of the fete. We got half a dozen chilli plants last year for 1 (and they produced loads of chillis with virtually no effort apart from a bit of watering).
  • Plum Pie
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    • 4th Jul 07, 7:46 AM
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    • 4th Jul 07, 7:46 AM
    I would recommend Freecycle:
    -throughout spring when people give away what they've pruned off bushes and shrubs (which you can trim and plant as cuttings)
    -late spring/early summer for seedlings (esp veg) which they have no room to plant out.
    -throughout year for excess harvested seed.
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 09-07-2007 at 11:26 AM.
    • madmum33
    • By madmum33 4th Jul 07, 8:50 AM
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    • 4th Jul 07, 8:50 AM
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    • 4th Jul 07, 8:50 AM
    Freecycle is good for hard landscaping as well.

    I've been watching recently and seen old bricks and paving slabs offered, so that's your paths and patios sorted!

    If you can only afford/get your hands on a few odd slabs, lay them randomly then surround with cheap gravel.
    • olly300
    • By olly300 4th Jul 07, 8:53 AM
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    olly300
    If you like a neighbours garden ask them where they got their plants from. They will either give you cuttings or tell you what day the local garden centre or DIY store has cheap plants. Or tell you which market stall/greengrocer in your area sells cheap bedding plants, perennials and bushes.

    For example I was told that my local Homebase store has cheap plants on a Friday evening, and that my local fruit and veg stall sells cheap perennials and bushes that last for years.

    BTW by cheap I mean much cheaper than DIY stores or garden centres.


    Last edited by Former MSE Wendy; 10-07-2007 at 6:15 PM.
    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 4th Jul 07, 8:58 AM
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    ampersand
    AGREED - B&Q Cambridge and Homebase Newmarket recommended
    Not exactly landscaping but planting.............

    Keep an eye out for reduced to clear plants in B&Q.
    Our local store has them weekly.........
    I planted up all my hanging baskets and pots this year with plants that were reduced from £3.98 to 20p-30p a tray. All because they needed a bit of water to revive them.

    At this time of year, stores like Wilkinsons and Garden centres sell off their seeds stock for around 10p-25p a packet. Store them in a cool and dry place and they will come for next year.

    Also, reduced to clear sections in the garden centres have perennials which have finished flowering. Trim them up and plant them out and they will flower next year.

    If you need large pots.........for floral displays or even to grow potatoes in.....Tesco give their flower buckets away for free, but they are popular so keep on asking.

    Alternatively, Morrisons supermarkets sell their flower buckets @ 99p for 8. When they have a glut of them they have more in each pack. I have had as many as 24 for 99p. Just drill holes into the base of each one for drainage.
    Originally posted by wurzelsar
    Yes, I agree with all of this. The Branches I cite have green-fingered, gifted,kindly staff, who share knowledge willingly. Chrissie@B&Q Cambridge is a lovely lady.
    20p trays of sweetpea seedlings(min.12 plants)are now blooming well.
    In fact, most garden department staff seem happier souls than many. Prolific quotes in poetry and prose from all languages echo this.
    In France, Aldi's seeds do not exceed 22c, more often 19c(roughly:10c=7p).
    ######
    Yes Olly, you're right, too.
    Homebase Nmkt man is also very good and explained to me that their men in suits generally arrive on a Tuesday and that after ANY wild weather rips through their outdoor areas(i.e.NOW)they have massive clear-ups/chuck-outs to do.
    ######
    And, as others are saying, FREECYCLE.
    Last edited by ampersand; 04-07-2007 at 9:04 AM.
  • judosteffer
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/propagation_index.shtml

    In case people have never taken cuttings before and want to know how
  • wurzelsar
    I would recommend plant fairs as well.

    I have had much of my plant stock from these.

    They have good sized plants, equally as good if not better than the large garden centres and for a fraction of the price.

    And you get the chance to ask for advice from the growers/nurserymen directly.

    Our local botannical gardens hold a plant fair every saturday throughout the summer and also rare plant fairs.
    I wish you......
    A sunbeam to warm you,
    A moonbeam to charm you,
    A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
  • SuzySF
    echo the comments on asking neighbours - I have lots of gardening ones and most of my garden stock has come from them - on even takes cuttings for me and gets them started - great chap I also trawl the local DIY stores for cut price plants ..
    if you want info on how to look after them thry the BBC website - gardening they have a search engine that throws up pretty much any plant - and you dont have to have its proper latin/botanical name

    happy gardening
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always recieve lots
    • Uniscots97
    • By Uniscots97 5th Jul 07, 10:07 AM
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    I used up sample pots of paint and painted my plain terracotta pots. They look fab! I painted them a light colour them used a sponge to dab a darker colour as a border.
    CC2 = 8687.86 (10000 )CC1 = 0 (9983 ); Reusing shopping bags savings =5.80 vs spent 1.05.Wine is like opera. You can enjoy it even if you don't understand it and too much can give you a headache the next day J
  • hilary1
    Our B&Q at Festival Park are selling most of there plant 1/2 or less price so even if you dont get a lot of joy from them this year next year you could have a very nice garden without having to buy more plants

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    • Uniscots97
    • By Uniscots97 5th Jul 07, 10:42 AM
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    Uniscots97
    Try the pound shops too (I love Poundland), I got a packet of seeds for 6 different plants for a pound. Got about 30 plants in total from it. They also do rose bushes and fruit trees. Just as good as the garden centres.
    CC2 = 8687.86 (10000 )CC1 = 0 (9983 ); Reusing shopping bags savings =5.80 vs spent 1.05.Wine is like opera. You can enjoy it even if you don't understand it and too much can give you a headache the next day J
  • pollyskettle
    I used up sample pots of paint and painted my plain terracotta pots. They look fab! I painted them a light colour them used a sponge to dab a darker colour as a border.
    Originally posted by unixgirluk
    I haven't tried that, but I will! I usually paint them with yoghurt to make them old real quick!
    "A cat can have kittens in the oven, but that don't make them biscuits." - Mary Cooper
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  • 00natasha00
    GardenSwapShop.co.uk
    This is a great site where you can swap your excess plants (ie when they spread or self seed you can split them).

    It is very reasonable at 20p a swap (I have filled my garden with some really great plants and with plants I grew from seed from there). You register for free which also gives you access to a message board to ask gardening questions.

    Unlike Ebay, it is free to upload the photos of your plants. All you do is 'top up' your account (like a mobile) with £5 and it is converted into 25 swaps (you could only buy 1 plant from a garden centre for that!!!!). Your account is then reduced by 1 swap (credit) everytime you swap something. You could also make a bit of money by selling some of your excess plants.

    It is a really fun and cheap way to fill your garden.


    Last edited by Former MSE Wendy; 10-07-2007 at 6:15 PM. Reason: forgot to add 'and cheap'
    • Uniscots97
    • By Uniscots97 6th Jul 07, 12:12 PM
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    If you've got little ones or pets about you don't necessarily want to be using weedkiller. Boiling water or the water you've cooked potatoes in kills weeds. Great for keeping your paths clear.
    CC2 = 8687.86 (10000 )CC1 = 0 (9983 ); Reusing shopping bags savings =5.80 vs spent 1.05.Wine is like opera. You can enjoy it even if you don't understand it and too much can give you a headache the next day J
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