Everybody loves a good deal. In my attempts to create a beautiful yard and garden I have found a few resources for free and inexpensive plants. Since I don’t have an unlimited budget, I prefer to stick with free and cheap!
Last year I was able to acquire some free spearmint plants from a friend. She posted on Facebook that she was digging up her mint garden and the plants were free for the taking. Since I hadn’t grown mint yet I decided to take her up on the offer. My daughter and I drove to her house and were able to dig up as many mint plants as we wanted. I lost count of how many we ended up with, but I do recall the looming thunderstorm closing in and having to dig as fast as I could. We made it back to the car just before the downpour.
Just this weekend I spotted a post on Nextdoor about some free day lilies that the homeowner just dug up. The homeowner had quite a few day lilies set out on the boulevard; which is very convenient for introverts like myself who don’t wish to talk to strangers. Nextdoor is a combination of Facebook and Craigslist in my opinion. Residents of nearby neighborhoods are able to connect online, share resources, post free items, and offer service suggestions. I use it to find free plants.
A quick search of Craigslist will show a variety of free items. Starting in mid spring the free plant posts start to pop up. Like with any type of “exchange” website, be mindful of where and whom you are meeting. I have a few addresses jotted down with more plants on their boulevards this weekend.
While at work, several of us have shared plants that the others don’t have. Last year I brought in some iris and strawberry plants that had overgrown parts of my garden. In exchange I went home with some garlic and lilies to plant.
Where do you find free or inexpensive plants?