10 WAYS TO OBTAIN GARDEN ITEMS FRUGALLY
1. Express your interests to friends and family. You could provide them with a wish list of most-needed items such as extra plants, garden tools, seeds and invaluable advice.
2. Use what you have: Plastic and styrofoam cups, plates, bowls, eating utensils and take out containers can serve functions in seed starting and plant protection and are common items in most households.
3. Check out local thrift shops, yard and garage sales. Imagine, old cups and saucers can be converted into creative bird feeders, or watering spots for butterflies and small birds. Small and large bowls can be used as bird baths, toad houses and molds if you wish to dabble in creating garden ornaments.
4. Do a search online and look at sites such as Freecycle.org and Craigslist.org to see if free items or trades are available.
5. Most dollar stores offer garden supplies seasonally. Make sure you inquire when the items will be available because they go fast.
6. Check out your local newspapers for permits regarding upcoming land excavations or contact a local landscape or tree service company.
7. Contact your local county extension office. They usually offer free or discounted plants or seeds.
8. Proprogate your used produce scraps such as onions, peppers and tomatoes.
9. Coordinate a seed swap party for like-minded friends, neighbors and family members.
10. Divide existing plants or collect seeds from self seeding plants on your property and replant in other areas in your garden.