Economy in the Toilet? Free Plants are the Cure
So your 401K is going down faster than a vampire in broad daylight? Never fear that you can't afford gardening. Free plants can be had in many ways -- from propagation to seed collection. My personal favorite though is the garden club plant exchange. Today I attended the bi-annual exchange of the Four Seasons Garden Club at Jim Dronenberg's place in Knoxville, MD. (A few photos of the event are posted here.) I brought a bucket full of purple iris (variety unknown) to trade and came home with a box of daffodil bulbs, a large fern, an unusual rudbeckia, and several other interesting plant specimens.
You too can partake of the bounty by gathering your fellow garden club members, neighbors, co-workers, family members, etc. and setting up a plant exchange of your own. My only warning is that it is addictive and you'll go home with much more than you bring, so I hope you have room in your garden beds.