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The Frugal Gardener

I'm a Tosa resident and gardener for 40 years who loves to save money. I'm the daughter of Maryalice Koehne, an award- winning garden writer. Gardening is holistic and can be inexpensive, let me tell you the deals I've found.

Gardening Style French or English?

Your garden is a reflection of soul and psyche just as gardening can enrich your life. When looking at a yard, I ask myself: “does this homeowner prefer English gardens such as a knot garden or French in the style of Monet?” Is order preferred or rambling? From this, I glean some knowledge of the homeowner's personality or what is going on in their life. When a once perfectly manicured yard falls into disarray, you may wonder, “what is the cause?”


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Deals, Deals and more Deals!

Through the years, I've found some excellent resources for plant, tree and shrub materials and I'm pleased to share some with you! For years I've been sending these tips out on a Karaoke/Ladies email list and it's nice to have a wider audience.

Keep in mind, frugal does not simply mean cheap. I prefer the broader meaning as defined here:,

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Questions and Answers

Question: I cut down a huge pine tree and would like to replace it with a lilac. Also...have you tried the new yellow Knockout? I have Double Knockout and really like it. .

FG Answer: I'm not a big rose grower, only Carefree Wonders or Grandma Irene's wild roses. What are you trying to achieve? There are so many cool lilacs out there. Always keep winter interest in mind.


Dandelions, clover and crab grass, what is the best way to get rid of this?
Frugal Gardener: Start over! In beds, burn it out with Round up or a generic and let it really die ( takes 1-2 weeks in this weather and you're further north. ) It will kill the roots and eventually shrivel up and die!

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Plant Positioning

Just a quick note on plant positioning.


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