There are many options to choose from when you're starting a garden but if you're a frugal gardener or gardening on a budget you learn to keep your eyes open for discounted plants, bulbs and gardening seeds. This week in the paper I came across this ad for a discount grocery store called ALDI. I'm not sure just how widespread they are across the country but they have a site you can visit and see if you're in their market. Here in Chicago these stores are not always in a very nice area and sometimes the neighborhoods they are in can be a little rough.
But aside from all that I love how they will have plants from time to time. I bought my first Amaryllis from a kit from this store and the year before last I bought a box of crocus bulbs from there. I believe the crocus bulbs were about 50 in a box and it was under five dollars. This week they're advertising Spring Bulbs and perennials for 2.29 from a company called Fausner. Last summer I also bought a huge hanging basket of new guinea impatiens from this store for under six dollars. I propagated them so many times that I had more impatiens than I could give away to gardeners and neighbors. If you're looking for some cheap bulbs and plants this year give this store a try if you don't have garden centers or nurseries that are close by and you'd like to fill a container or two with plants.