A garden doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. In fact, there are many ways a garden can save you money. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your garden in top shape without draining your bank account. Supplement them with your own creative ideas!

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It makes good sense, and saves dollars to start easy-to-grow plants from seed rather than buying started seedlings from a nursery. Here are some vegetables and flowers than can and should be sown directly in the garden: Lettuce, arugula, and other salad greens: Sprinkle the seed in wide rows. You will get at least three cuttings of salad greens, which can sell for upwards of $6-$7 a pound atthe local supermarket.

All root vegetables like carrots, beets, radishes and turnips are also very easy-from-seed vegetables. Garden mainstay veggies such as beans, peas, squash, cucumbers and corn all come easily and quickly from seed as well as long as you wait until temperatures are warmed up into the 50° range both day and night.

Sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, marigolds, alyssum, sweet peas, morning glories and nasturtiums are some of the e beautiful and popular flowers that can be had for the price of a pack of seeds. If you want to have cut flowers, a pack of seeds will produce lots and lots of flowering plants so that you can enjoy bouquets all season long.


And while you’re at it, consider joining with friends in a seed-starting cooperative for plants that need a head start indoors (peppers, eggplants and tomatoes all need to be started indoors in the US except in the warmest areas.) One person starts eggplants, another tomatoes, and at planting time, just divide the started plants among the participating members.


Don’t give your leaves away! Chop them with your lawnmower and put them in a pile. Or make a simple compost bin with chicken wire and four stakes. Add vegetable trimmings, prunings, weeds (but no weed with seeds), and other compostables.

Stake with Reused Materials:

Scavenged materials make very serviceable stakes. Political signs stakes (minus the actual signs) are a good size for propping up peppers or small pea varieties or vining cucumbers – but wait until after the election before collecting them! Scrap wood or old broomsticks or rake handles can be fashioned into tomato supports. An old stepladder can be repurposed as a bean or flower tower.

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Planting a cover crop in your vegetable garden when the weather is not conducive for growing edible plants is a sure way to improve both the structure and the fertility of your soil. Winter rye, mustard and clover are widely available good choices. For more information, consult your Cooperative Extension, or go to

Get Creative with Weed Barriers:

Laying down 3 to 4 inches of bagged mulch, at considerable expense, has become almost a rite of spring for many homeowners. There are many materials that will perform the same function at a fraction of the cost! Newspaper, cardboard, or shredded paper, topped with straw, pine needles, or chopped leaves, will make a very effective weed barrier between plants. If you don’t like the look of these alternatives, try using shredded wood mulch in the front of the garden, and paper or cardboard topped with straw in less visible parts.

Clover fixes nitrogen, fertilizing your soil!

Water with Rain:

Use rain, as much as possible, to water your plants. Rain barrels need not cost a fortune. Check out this EPA instruction sheet for a low cost, DIY version:

Seed Pots come in all Shapes and Sizes:

Seeds can be started indoors in any container. Orange juice cartons (sliced in half), yogurt containers, takeout containers – the list is endless. All you need to do is poke holes in the bottom for drainage to make them useful.

Mark with a Stone:

One attractive way to keep track of what’s where is to mark the names of your plants with indelible ink on flat stones.

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Spring is a time of change for our gardens and being prepared helps keep us ahead of the game. Take a look at these 10 tips from HGTV to get your garden and tools all ready for summer!

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  1. Revive Garden Decor
    In cold winter zones, kick off the garden season by taking decorative items out of winter storage and replacing them in planting beds. Gazing balls, colorful glass stakes, wind chimes, whirligigs and other décor can add color to the garden before plants are doing much more than sprouting. In warm zones, clean up garden décor to remove last year’s dirt.
  2. Plant Summer Bulbs
    Get warm-weather bulbs, like dahlias, off to a solid start by planting them in pots before the ground is warm enough for planting. In the coldest areas, you might want to start bulbs indoors. In many regions, you can give bulbs a head start on the season by sprouting them in black nursery pots set on a sunny patio or driveway—somewhere that solid surfaces can retain heat and help warm soil.
  3. Add Compost to Beds
    Some perennial crops, like roses, clematis, bramble berries and delphinium benefit from an early spring topdressing of compost. Apply a 2- to 3-inch-thick layer around the base of plants. Take care not to bury any new sprouts. If possible, apply compost before rain, which will help settle it into place.
  4. Clean Up Beds
    Remove any leaves that accumulated in planting beds over winter. Take care when clearing beds after perennial shoots are pushing through soil. New shoots are tender and easily broken. It’s usually better to work with your hands than to use a rake—of any type.
  5. Prune Ornamental Grasses
    Tackle pruning dormant ornamental grasses before new shoots appear. Hand pruners work well on small grass clumps. For larger ones, use bungee cords to wrap the clump, then cut through it easily with electric hedge clippers. Cut micanthus clumps to a cone shape, so that the center remains higher than the edges. This helps keep the center of the clump from dying out.
  6. Fill Birdbaths
    Fill birdbaths once temperatures are reliably above freezing. If chances of freezing temps still threaten, slip a basic birdbath heater into water to keep it thawed and available for birds.
  7. Prune Fruit Trees
    Tackle dormant pruning of fruit trees before buds break. Research your particular fruit trees to make sure you know what steps to take. For tree forms, you’ll prune to have an open canopy with good air flow. Beyond that, certain trees require specific pruning steps. Study a bit so you can prune with confidence.
  8. Inspect Paths
    Check stepper and flagstone paths for frost heave. Uneven stones are a tripping hazard. If soil is too wet, don’t try to reseat stones. Wait until soil dries a bit to lift stones and settle them back into place.
  9. Clip Perennials
    Remove last season’s remaining dead growth on perennials. While it’s tempting to pull dead stems away from the crown, that’s also an easy way to yank the entire plant out of the soil, especially moist spring soil. Use pruners instead to clip stems.
  10. Repair Structures
    While planting beds are too wet or too cold to work in, take time to look over trellises, arbors, pergolas and other supports. Check hardware at joints and tighten or replace as needed. Early spring—before plants have grown tall—is a great time to paint or stain structures.

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7 tips to get your yard ready for spring

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Sometimes all we need is a bit of sun and some warmth to get us into the spring spirit. However, as you make your way outside – you will notice that this also bring budding new growth to your garden, and that winter has also left its mark in the shape of broken branches and bare patches.

This isn’t a problem! With our short 7 tip guide, you will spring you into action and be ready for the growing season ahead. This will will help you save tons of time, money and energy later on by getting ever

1. Start your spring lawn prep by using a rake

Get rid of any leaves and other debris that have built up over winter. Once they have been cleared, give your lawn a boost by spreading a thin layer of compost.

2. Seed lawn patches that are bare

Your initial step will be to loosen the surface to a depth of 2-4inches. Following that, use the back of a garden rake to level the soil. Spread a mixture of grass seed and compost or fertilizer over the bare spot. Tamp with the flat end of the rake in

order to work in the seed. Water afterwards, as needed.

3. Check your equipment and hand tools 

To see if anything needs repairing, cleaning or replacing. Also take this time to make sure your irrigation system is working properly for the upcoming growing season.

4. Aerate your lawn

This will allow oxygen, water and nutrients to easily reach grass roots. This perforates the soil with small holes and allows air, water and nutrients to penetrate the roots.

5. Prune any broken, diseased or dead limbs

From dead trees, branches and other woody plants. Prune back spring-blooming shrubs such as forsythia after flowering. This is also a great time to thin out and trim up your summer blooming shrubs and most roses.

6. Clear out weeds and last season’s garden debris

From beds and borders, remove or cut down last year’s foliage and toss it in the compost pile.

7. Attract birds to your garden

A single chickadee can consume up to 1,000 bad bugs a day. Include a birdbath or bird friendly plants, like sunflower, cotoneaster, viburnum, honeysuckle,  and aster. Another option would be our beautiful pre-grown Green Living Fences. They are a great way to add beauty and security to your backyard instantly.

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Green Living Fences at Canada Blooms! March 11th- 20th 2016


This year’s theme is sure to inspire our garden designers and builders to create acres of fantasy gardens that capture the imagination.

It’s A Party at Canada Blooms 2016

Celebrating 20 great years!

Come and see how Devon’s Green Living Fences are displayed all over the trade show floor. Thanks to David Turnbull, our Green Living Fences are being featured throughout the show. In addition, they are on display at the Flowers Canada and Pool Doctors display areas. Come visit the show March 11th-20th 2016!

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Green Living Fences showcased at GTA Home and Reno Show!

GTA Home Show

Get a head start on your reno resolutions at the first home show of the year, where you will find GTA’s top contractors and suppliers, celebrity experts and local designers all under one roof.

Be sure to look for Devron’s Green Living Fences being showcased throughout the show! Keep an eye out at Curb Appeal’s booth # 2232 to see our brand new Spanish Canary Indoor Ivy.