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    Reading everyone's brags has inspired me to start on a gardening project using mainly sales, coupons, freebies, promos, contests, trades, etc.. I'm challenging myself to stretch every penny to put to use on items that will keep on giving all year long ie. fresh produce. In addition, if I can beautify the yard up as inexpensively as possible, it'll be a bonus . I'll be updating this thread with deals I've found and photos as the season progresses.

    During the last Canadian Tire scratch card promo, we used them to acquire 3 bags of seed starting mix and 1 roll of velcro ties (for my tomato plants) for free. Today, I exchanged 3x 10$ gift certificates at a local gardening center from participating in a contest, Concour Tout a Gagner (thank you to all those who used my link to enter the contest, in turn, increasing my points to make this possible ). I picked up 3 bags of 40L organic compost, enough for my vegetable garden and Lilac trees. I also got 4 seed packs of tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon. I went over the 30$ by 0.83$ plus paid 4.62$ in taxes.

    I'm really excited about this project and I hope I can share ideas and I hope you'll share yours too!

    Total purchases to date: 55.45$
    Promo & gift cards: 50$
    Total oop: 5.45$

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    love this!

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    nice use of the CT scratch cards to garden inexpensively
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    What a great idea. We just moved into a new home and the backyard is bare! I think I might take your lead and see how much I can save by using unexpected methods for designing and decorating my yard


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    What a great idea. We just moved into a (new to us) home and the backyard is bare! I think I might take your lead and see how much I can save by using unexpected methods for designing and decorating my yard


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    I wish you all the best with this project! Don't forget "cuttings" exchanges that might be listed on "Freecycle" or at your local horticultural society for perrennials if not vegetables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avoncallingu View Post
    I wish you all the best with this project! Don't forget "cuttings" exchanges that might be listed on "Freecycle" or at your local horticultural society for perrennials if not vegetables.
    Yes thank you for the suggestion. I often frequent small town auctions and estate sales, a person can get a great amount of bargains.


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    Great idea. Can't wait to see what your garden produces.

    Dh and I are about to dig out some bushes but will for sure post them in our area before we do. They are great just not for us.

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    What a great idea! I love gardening. I wish I had space to do a watermelon wow! you're like a pro with manure and organic seeds and everything.

    I wanted to share a deal too, hope you don't mind me inserting it into your gardening brag: surprised to find bulb and tuber pouches at Dollarama for $2. you can see these in walmart, grocery stores usually have a stand too, and they usually go for more. I used to wait till they go on sale/clearance, but at that time it's hard to find a healthy one, and we are playing catch up in terms of growth season, so I was so happy and surprised to find them in Dollarama Bought quite a few, there are lots of different types.

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    That's awesome! I only bought a few tomato plants as I only had one $5 off coupon but I did enjoy my "free" tomatoes! I say "free" because I'm sure we paid for extra water and compost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snuffaluffagus View Post
    Reading everyone's brags has inspired me to start on a gardening project using mainly sales, coupons, freebies, promos, contests, trades, etc.. I'm challenging myself to stretch every penny to put to use on items that will keep on giving all year long ie. fresh produce. In addition, if I can beautify the yard up as inexpensively as possible, it'll be a bonus . I'll be updating this thread with deals I've found and photos as the season progresses.

    During the last Canadian Tire scratch card promo, we used them to acquire 3 bags of seed starting mix and 1 roll of velcro ties (for my tomato plants) for free. Today, I exchanged 3x 10$ gift certificates at a local gardening center from participating in a contest, Concour Tout a Gagner (thank you to all those who used my link to enter the contest, in turn, increasing my points to make this possible ). I picked up 3 bags of 40L organic compost, enough for my vegetable garden and Lilac trees. I also got 4 seed packs of tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon. I went over the 30$ by 0.83$ plus paid 4.62$ in taxes.

    I'm really excited about this project and I hope I can share ideas and I hope you'll share yours too!

    Total purchases to date: 55.45$
    Promo & gift cards: 50$
    Total oop: 5.45$

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    Better start your tomatoes ASAP. Mines were started on February 26th and they are 3 inches tall! Last call for starting tomato's crop is usually St. Joseph's day on March 20th.

    Maybe you'll have better luck with already grown tomato's plants and keeping those seeds for next year!!

    But you should try Basil crops. Quick and easy to grow and goes very well with tomatos in the garden (plant them next to each other, your tomatoes will have less bugs and will be more flavourful!).

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    So nice to read this thread. Makes me want summer to come, and the wonderful smells of grass, lilacs and flowers. Please add pic's of your garden as it grows. I miss my yard, but just can't do that any more
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    I really like your brag idea snuff

    I don't have a big garden myself, but I have the forest and wood. I'm more learning to know the edible plant from nature than doing a big garden. But really enjoy to have spot for fresh herb and flower.

    I started to eat my pickled plant some from nature 2 days ago. 2 days ago I have cook with Trout lilies flower and leaves. Maybe today we will have a pizza with bacon, trout lilies leaves and some other

    I will follow that thread for sure and enjoy it
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    Awsome idear snuff! I purchassed all my seads from Amazon.ca with my superpoints, all FREE! But i hade to pay for earth and composte! If you want some more seeds i have some for you! LOTS of herbs, beens, peas, carottes, ognion, salade, turnip, pepers and hot pepers! Oh ya strawberies to, but they arent growing, the only ones that wont take off


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    Awesomd brag! Can't wait to read updates on the garden.
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