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An Ecological and Economical Garden
It is unrealistic to think that a garden (with perennials plants) costs nothing to establish or maintain. There must be a budget or strategy for plants, equipment, labor, etc. But a cheaper garden that would itself generate the money needed for its
durability seems ideal is not it?
Here are some ways to achieve this ideal.
Does your garden project correspond to a subsidy program?
Ask the Écoquartier de Saint-Léonard if your project qualifies for a
Enjoy free compost distributions
Every year, the city of Montreal distributes the compost produced by the green waste collected previously free of charge to citizens. Each borough organizes two per year; one in the spring and one in the fall. Exactly when the garden needs it! Contact the Écoquartier for upcoming distribution dates.
Divide your perennials
A few years after the implantation of some perennials, the babies of these appear in the garden. When perennials form discards, they are generally found densely clustered around the parent plant. It is then possible, with the help of a sharp shovel, to remove from the soil a cloud of the plant by extracting as many roots as possible. Then cut the mound into a few pieces and replant them elsewhere in the garden. It is important that each piece has a reasonable portion of roots and healthy specimens in the aerial part of the plant (at least 3 plants with divided roots).
If a perennial produces seedlings, babies will be found everywhere in the garden. These plants can then be transplanted to a narrower garden or to a dead or diseased plant. Examples of perennials to propagate by division: grasses, yarrow, echinacea, thyme, oregano.
Collect your seeds
Each year, both perennials and annuals produce seeds that you can harvest once they are dry and/or dark. The part carrying the seeds is dead and dry when the seeds are ready for harvest. This practice is advantageous because, in addition to reducing the cost of seeds, each generation of plants is more suitable than the previous one for the environmental peculiarities of your garden. Example of perennial crops: Echinacea, marigolds, nasturtiums.
Organize sales and self-financing activities
To bail the crates, a sale of bouquets, seedlings, seeds, garden surplus, herbs, medicinal flowers or any other product from the garden may be appropriate. It is through this kind of activity that you can fully realize the abundance that the garden offers for your livelihood.