Gardening on a Budget


CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) Save some green on your green … grass and gardens! Master Gardener, the Green Thumb Guru Ed Sourdiffe gave us tips.

Start from seeds
End date: May 31st
Vegetables: Basil, Pumpkin, Squash
Flowers: Marigolds, Cosmos, Zinnias, Morning Glories

Use Compost in Soil
Enhance your soil to keep your plants healthy

Make Your Own Insecticides
5 Tbsp dish detergent
1 gallon water
Spray every 2 weeks to protect your plants from bugs
Test it on a couple of leaves first to make sure the plant isn’t affected by the solution. If the leaves are fine spray solution on plant the next day.

Find Plants You Like At A Nursery
Find trees, shrubs, roses, perennials that you like wait until the fall to purchase them, they’ll be half price!

Get Your Exercise in the Garden!
A 150lb person can burn 272 calories an hour!

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