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10 Cheap, Useful Plants Anyone Can Grow (Part I)

Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning our spring and summer gardens. It’s an exciting time, especially after a winter brutal enough to make us forget what flowers look like.</br></br>Now, though, the snow is melting, the birds are chirping and a spring garden is just what we need to shake off the winter blues and put our green thumbs to good use. But, what if your green thumb is jammed?</br></br>Not to worry. Here’s a list of the first five of 10 useful plants (both herbs and flowers) that anyone can grow and are worth every nickel you spend on them – which shouldn’t add up to very many nickels:</br></br><strong>1. Rosemary</strong></br></br>These plants are very hardy and will grow outdoors unaided in a temperate climate. In locations with more extreme temps, buy it as a plant (rather than in seed form) and keep it in <a title="Planters" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor/curb-appeal/planters/" target="_blank">a pot or planter</a> that can be moved indoors during the colder months.</br></br><strong>2. Lavender</strong></br></br>People would call it a weed if it weren’t so pretty. This sweet-smelling plant is extraordinarily easy to cultivate. In fact, you may need to cut it back rather than coax it to grow once you’ve planted it.</br></br><strong>3. “Pinks”</strong></br></br>Another genus with a good nose and a tough demeanor, dianthuses are easy starters that can take a beating from a beginner and not go belly up. They have a lovely color and they can be grown easily and cheaply from seed.</br></br><strong>4. Cilantro</strong></br></br>This fresh-scented herb is good to start in spring or summer, and while it might not be the most colorful thing in the world it does taste delicious and is quite hardy as long as you don’t try to move it. As a bonus, you can also let it flower and collect the seeds once they turn brown to make coriander spice.</br></br><strong>5. Snapdragon</strong></br></br>Snapdragons are cheap, beautiful and grow in a fairly wide climate range. They come in a variety of colors and can handle a bit of frost, so they’re convenient for late winter planting you can finish up early and then focus on other, less hardy plants.</br></br>Tune in tomorrow to check out 6-10 on our list of inexpensive yet useful plants to enjoy in your garden this spring.
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