Victoria Day Weekend – Flipping the Garden

Victoria Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer. There are so many great deals all around town to help you with all your gardening needs. Pull out those garden gloves and get a little dirty planting a garden. I am lucky enough to have all these stores within walking distance from my home. There is nothing more rewarding than a walk around the neighbourhood enjoying the beauty of nature I see in the gardens.

While I love to spend time outside in the garden, I don;t have a large space but do make the most out of the space I do have.

Victoria Day Weekend – Flipping the Garden

Walmart – May 18-24, 2017

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Canadian Tire – May 19-25, 2017

Whether you are looking for flowers, vegetables or herbs, Canadian Tire has you covered with a variety of all things green.

Rona – May 18-24, 2017

If you are thinking of redesigning your yard, Rona has the perfect prices on patio slabs and paver edges.

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Home Depot – May 18-24, 2017

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Gardening Tips for beginners

  • replant using produce (onions, lettuce and more)
  • use containers (bring inside for winter and continue growing)
  • keep plants watered
  • find companion plants that work well together
  • remove dead leaves and flowers
  • plant herbs that you can use all summer long as they grow

Make the most out of the space you have and sit back, relax and watch your garden grow. If you have kids, involve them in the task with their own special tools and enjoy the time together bonding.

Does your plan for this Victoria Day weekend include flipping the garden?

If you haven’t downloaded the Flipp app yet, you are missing out on savings. Download Flipp today from Google Play or the App Store and start saving.

Have a happy and safe weekend and let the summer begin.

 

 

5 Tips to Starting a Frugal Garden

A couple of weeks ago I attended Canada Blooms ( a great show here in Toronto that not only features gardening but the best in outdoor living). I came away inspired to garden. Now I live in a very urban area, no yard, no balcony. So for me I have to get creative in how I will garden. I am very thankful here in Toronto we have community gardens and did you know through some of the local food banks and organizations you can often find those who are willing to give you garden space for perhaps a wee bit of yard work? There are many ways to take up a gardening habit even in the big city if that is your desire.

Now for the starting the frugal garden some things I learned a long time ago from my mother and grandmothers who were and are avid gardeners:

1. Start small

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You do not need to have a huge garden, my mom’s current garden consists of planters on her porch these days which is a long cry from the acre garden I grew up with. At Canada Blooms I did see many examples of great ways you could create a garden with limited space. You could canister garden or even think vertically if you want to get creative.

2. Read and Learn

Never gardened? Don’t worry there are several ways to learn. There are gardening groups in every city that are rather friendly, as well I am thankful for Google teaching me a thing or two about gardening. I also have a Frugal Gardening board on Pinterest, that I pin articles that teach and inspire my gardening. Run a search on pinterest and I am sure you will find plenty of inspiration

3. Use Leftovers or Clippings to Start you Garden

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Did you know you could use your food scraps to start your garden? How about clipping from one plant to start another? Both are great ways for the beginning gardener to get started on a budget. For fruits and veggies you can regrow: fennel, celery, garlic, leeeks, lettuce, pineapple and more.  There are many plants you can clip from as well. Often on sites like Freecycle you can find people who are will to share their clipping or gardening leftovers as well.

4. Be creative, Think Outside the Box

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to what materials you will use in your garden. That tire might make a perfect planter. The plastic jug that was going to get tossed into recycling could be used to save space in a large planter (keeping the costs of soil lower). Use things from around the house. One idea you know all those plastic knives you get when you order in, they make good stakes and garden indentifier, use a sharpie and label the knife with the plants name, saves money on garden stakes. What about using natural elements in your garden. Use the rocks, shells, twigs and other items you can think of.

5. Get your Materials for Free or Cheap

Grow simple fast growing plants. Start your own seedlings. Use sites like Freecycle or Facebook Groups to find free plants, seedlings and clippings that are being given away. In may in Toronto I often see people selling seedling for cheap at local garage sales even. For your decor think recycled and if you need to paint it. There are many ways to cut you costs and do it on the cheap.

What are some of the ways that you have created a frugal garden? Will you be gardening this summer, if so what are you planting?

Remember on April 8th from 7-8pm EST, you can join the #cdnmoney chat to talk frugal gardening with myself and Christa from ChristaClips.

 

31 Days and 31 Ways to Save: Plant a Garden

With the weather finally getting nicer here in Toronto it is time to think of gardening.Only if the rain would stop. After visiting the set of Steven and Chris last month I have realized basically anyone can have a garden of some form. You don’t even need a yard as you can even use a planter.

As we look at gardening this year we will be doing mostly vegetables and herbs.

What is planned to go into ours: Tomatoes (cherry), strawberries, lettuce,  green onions, and for herbs we will do cilantro, basil, and parsley. Really a very basic garden for Toronto. How do I do it and save money?

1. First I start everything almost from seeds, that is of what I buy. The only exception is what I get from friends  and that will be started strawberries and tomatoes. Seeds are a cheap way to go and your children get to watch the whole growth cycle.

2. Water in the eveing or morning only, and water roots not leaves. First it is the roots that need the water, not the leaves, as well by watering in the early morning or on in the eveing it takes longer to absorb and is better for the soil and plant and you dont end up wasting water. It is also good to do it at this time to save on the pocket book.

3. I also keep my tools on the minimum and to be honest I got them all for free or from the Dollar store. There is no need for expensive tools.

4. NO chemicals…most of the things you need to fight pests,etc can either be done organically or by using your compostable stuff. For weed killer try PULLING them. Just think of it as a workout.

Do you plant a garden? Have you thought of doing one in a planter?

Gardening on the Cheap

 With the weather finally getting warmer here in Toronto it is time to think of gardening. On the weekend my favorite daughter Roo decided she was going to do yard work. I am really impressed how clean our garden is. It looks good for mid April.

As we look at gardening this year we will be doing mostly vegetables and fruit. We will have a few flowers though, and will be doing some herbs as well.

What is planned to go into ours: Tomatoes(both full size and cherry), strawberries, lettuce, red peppers, pumpkin, green onions, and for herbs we will do cilantro, basil, and parsley. Really a very basic garden for Toronto. How do I do it and do it on the cheap?

1. First I start everything almost from seeds, that is of what I buy. The only exception is what I get from friends  and that will be started strawberries and tomatoes. Seeds are a cheap way to go and your children get to watch the whole growth cycle.

2. Water in the eveing or morning only, and water roots not leaves. First it is the roots that need the water, not the leaves, as well by watering in the early morning or on in the eveing it takes longer to absorb and is better for the soil and plant and you dont end up wasting water. It is also good to do it at this time to save on the pocket book.

3. I also keep my tools on the minimum and to be honest I got them all for free or from the Dollar store. There is no need for expensive tools.

4. NO chemicals…most of the things you need to fight pests,etc can either be done organically or by using your compostable stuff. For weed killer try PULLING them. Just think of it as a workout.

Well it is evening here and with the weather being so nice a perfect eveing for a walk. So here is hoping that some of you are getting your gardens ready just like me.