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Growing Tomatoes from Seeds

Growing tomatoes from seeds is a great way to save fortune on tomato plants. Tomato plants can cost $2-10 depending on the type of tomato, the size and where you purchase it from. Creating a large tomato garden with 20 tomato plants would cost no less than $40 if you were to buy even the smallest tomato plants from a local garden center or nursery.

The good news is that you can buy a pack of tomato seeds for around the cost of one tomato plant. Tomato seeds run $2-5 a pack depending on the variety. Common varieties such as Better Boy, Better Girl, Early Girl and Big Boys can be bought at places like Walmart for less than $2 and contain 20 or more seeds.

Growing Tomatoes from Seeds

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Cost of Growing Tomatoes from Seeds:

Tomato seeds- $2

Big bag of Miracle Grow Potting Soil: $6

Total: $8 for 20 or more tomato plants!

We can’t count water and fertilizer because those would be required for your store bought plants as well.You can then use old pots, seed trays or purchase a new seed tray for $3. I personally use aluminum pans from the Dollar Tree. They are like 3 for $1. Just be sure to poke holes in the bottom of the pans using a nail, spike or drill. It’s simple!

To learn how grow tomatoes from seeds visit Growing Tomatoes from Seeds. It includes a step by step guide show you how to grow tomatoes from seeds.

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How to Grow Lilies

 

Lilies are beautiful perennials that are easy to grow. Lilies grow well in containers and are great for adding color and height to flower beds. With proper care, lilies will come back year after year, multiplying continuously. To learn more about growing lilies, check out How to Grow Lilies. It will teach your how to care for lilies including planting lilies, fertilizing , water and sun requirements for lilies, breeding, dividing lily bulbs and much more.

How to Grow Lilies

growing lilies

My first lily of the year bloomed a banana yellow. So pretty and vary fragrant.

Growing Crape Myrtles from Cuttings

Whether you want to reproduce a personal favorite, or looking to save money in the garden, crape myrtle cuttings are a great way to propagate crape myrtles. They can be rooted with new or old growth, though new growth and suckers root much quicker.

I recently planted 26 Sioux Crape Myrtles around my property line with two to a hole in hopes of creating a nice ‘property line’ kinda border around my front yard. They are only about 2 feet tall but should catch on pretty quickly.

By the end of the season I will be propagating the crape myrtles I planted in order to create more for the back yard. I have never had much luck with seed so I stick with cuttings. I will keep you posted on how it goes!

Tutorial: How to Grow Crape Myrtles from Cuttings

How to Grow Roses from Cuttings

 Are you looking to extend your rose garden or perhaps replicate a friends prized rose? No problem- you can grow your   favorite roses from cuttings.

 Growing roses from cuttings can be a controversial topic. Some say it’s too hard, some insists that it’s easy. There are dozens of ways to grow roses from cuttings and some techniques are more sophisticated than others. In  How to Grow Roses from Cuttings you will find an easy tutorial for propagating roses by cuttings.

 Growing roses from stem cuttings usually take 3 to 6 weeks depending on the time of year, how well you take care of them  and they type of rose your are propagating.

Take note every single cutting most likely will not root. With that said, take a few extra cuttings to  insure a higher success rate. You can always pass on your extra rooted cuttings to a friend.

Tutorial: How to Grow Roses from Cuttings

How to Grow Forsythias from Cuttings

 Tutorial:  How to Grow Forsythias from Cuttings.

During late winter my husband backed over my forsythia bush with his tractor and broke most of the stems off to the ground. I took the stems and rooted them. It had just bloomed and the leaves were just starting to form.

Here is a photo of the first forsythia cutting that rooted. The new growth is a sure sign it has rooted and is doing well.

To learn how to grow forsythias from cuttings check out the tutorial below the first picture.

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