- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring is here — and it’s time to plant, mulch, weed and water. Expensive? Well, it can be if you go to the local nursery for the latest and greatest.

Instead, try using FreeCycle.org or Craigslist.org for free and discounted gardening items such as books and seeds.

For free gardening advice, try FrugalGardening.com, which offers tips on growing plants from cuttings, organic gardening and how to get free plants.

The last category includes — aside from FreeCycle and Craigslist — asking the following groups for freebies:

• Landscaping crews that are replacing displays — the old plant displays often will just be composted, period.

• Nurseries that are replacing sad-looking/dying plants.

• Gardening friends and strangers who may have excess plants.

Finally, be generous with your own extra plants, and good things — in the form of plants — will come your way, according to FrugalGardening.com.

“The more generous you are, the more free plants that will end up at your door,” according to the site.

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