Gardening can be a fun and fulfilling experience. It is important for gardeners who are looking to save a buck to source as many plants for free as possible.
There are also plants that are simply not worth buying because they work against your garden.
They either grow too quickly and wildly or are poisonous to other plants. Here are 10 plants you should never pay for.
1. Tiger Lily
The tiger lily bares beautiful and elegant bulbs. These come around once per year in the summertime. This plant is beautiful but there is no need to buy them because they’re so low maintenance that they’re easy to have around.
As a result, you can always get a cutting from a neighbor or your local plant nursery. You may reserve a piece for any passer-by that may ask. In this way, you never have to pay for this common and low maintenance plant.
2. Bishops Weed
Bishops weed comes in many different species all of which are wild and will grow regardless of being planted. There are a lot of shops selling these plants like flowers.
However, if planted in your garden they’ll run wild and stifle your other, more valuable and rare plants. As much as there are people selling them, there are also people uprooting them and teeming to get rid of them once and for all.
3. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a lemon-scented herb that comes from the same family as mint. This is a resilient herb that has healing properties when made into tea. This herb is used to soothe nerve issues in many cultures and can be found in many people’s back yard.
This shrub will outlast both hot and cold conditions and will serve a family for years. By extension, Lemon Balm can be caught from a branch cutting by setting it in water and transplanting it once the roots start coming in.
4. Willow Tree
The willow tree is very technical to grow but is easy to come by and will last a lifetime. Therefore, it is one plant you should never pay for. Willow can be sourced in any neighboring forest or neighborhood park.
With permission or assistance from authorities, cut a live terminal branch from the tree, the ideal length is 18 inches long. Afterward, directly plant it into moist soil and keep it moist until the roots cut.
Some say that there is no advantage to growing store-bought potatoes, except for good compost, but there is still no need to buy expensive potato seeds. This is because potatoes for eating and growing can be bought directly from farmers or at farmer’s markets.
These will be much cheaper than potatoes available in the store. Simply start a potato in a moist environment or a glass of water. I’ve even had potatoes sprout from my refrigerator.
The garlic plant is another plant that is highly expensive as a plant but can be acquired from a clove or two that you would get at the grocery store.
Instead of hacking a pretty penny for your garlic plant, simply place your garlic clove over a cup of water or directly inside the water, the light shell will allow it to float.
The garlic clove will start to send roots reaching to the bottom and a stem reaching to the top. It’s safe to plant your shoot once it gets to about half-inch long or long enough for you to see the stem when planted.
There are a large group of peppers that can be grown from seeds found in the ones you use in your kitchen Among these peppers are bell peppers, scotch bonnet, and chili peppers.
First, you have to harvest the seeds and set them to dry, next wrap them a moist paper towel to allow them to sprout. After they’ve germinated, plant them in pots or directly into your garden.
Pumpkin seeds are just as easy to germinate as peppers. It’s also beneficial to keep the stringy insides of the pumpkin to serve as compost when you plant your germinated seeds.
However, pumpkin plants will spread at a fast rate and may stifle any surrounding plants, so plant it in a pot, run it on stakes or up a wall.
Planting a juniper seed is a cheaper and easier way to get a juniper plant. Although the method is tricky, it will be well worth it. Place them in a sealed plastic bag or container with moist sand for two months then place it in the refrigerator for three months.
This trick will mimic the flow of natural seasons and break the dormancy of the Juniper.
10. Lemon Grass
Finally, Lemon Grass will grow with low maintenance and can be sprouted from a fully grown plant. There is really no need to buy this as it will come from plant nurseries at a high cost.
It might be worth sourcing a plant form a neighbor or searching through corners of your community as they grow organically and easily.
There are plants that are best if bought as a plant but there are others that can be sourced otherwise and are better for it.
To conclude, it is important to cut costs in your garden where you can, so you can reallocate that resource.
- Tiger Lily
- Bishops Weed
- Lemon Balm
- Lemon Grass