When you're starting out with a garden, buying enough plants to cover the ground can seem really expensive. Do what the pros do instead — cut and plant stems and leaves, divide roots and use ground layering to re-grow your good plants.
Photo by theseanster93.
Besides the money and trips to the greenhouse you save, propagating plants that are already successful in your garden just makes sense — you've already shown that it can grow in your mixture of sun, shade and soil, so why not give it a few other spots to do the same? And for those concerned that stem cutting sounds like advanced bio-science, it's anything but:
Some of the more advanced techniques, like grafting, take a bit of skill. But there are easier techniques that suit beginners-including rooting stem and leaf cuttings, root division, and ground layering-no greenhouse required. You can propagate most plants on a windowsill that gets only indirect light (harsh sunlight will bake tender cuttings).
Hit the link for a step-by-step slideshow of four plant-repeating techniques, and share your own beginner's garden multiplier tips in the comments.
How to Get More Plants at No Cost [This Old House]