Hi - the seeds do the best but I am too impatient to wait for them to grow. :) Some of my most successful zinnias were volunteers!! I also only buy 4" plants and larger as the jumbo or six pack root systems are too small to have a great success rate in our heated soils.
Good for you - bringing plants back from the almost dead category that is!! Sorry - no handbook available. I bet you have figured most of the low costs ways to plant yourself! Shopping yard sales and getting cuttings, seeds, etc from friends is certainly the way to work on a budget.
And my potted enews is free so be sure to subscribe. Happy Gardening!
Well- when I wrote this the forecast was great! So if you are in a cold area of Tucson and surrounding communities, let this storm front pass through before planting. April 21st sounds good to me!! (or May...)