Just this morning I was thinking about how vegetable gardening is probably going to see a big boom now that food prices are soaring. So I was pleased this evening to stumble across “Recession Proof Gardening” at This Garden Is Illegal. I especially like the tip about buying easy-to-clone annuals such as petunias and coleus:
- Get a big, leggy plant.
- Make several cuttings and root them.
- Plant out the rooted cuttings.
And that’s only one of several great suggestions for keeping your gardening costs low.
BTW, even if you start your petunias and coleus from seed yourself, that tip about making cuttings can be put to good use. And don’t limit yourself to ornamentals. Tomato plants can also be multiplied in this way. Pinch out the suckers and root them – one plant has now become two or more. Sure, it will take a little longer for those new plants to get to fruiting size, but you’ll have the fruits of the original plant in the meantime.
Addendum: Not all annuals can be propagated from cuttings. As I mentioned in my reply to Barb, this works only with soft-stemmed plants. And I forgot to mention that there are some perennials that you can propagate in this way, too. I’ve had very good luck with various kinds of sedum, for example.