Hosting a garage sale is a lot of work. Hard, heavy, dirty work. It can also be a lot of fun. But you have to like people and you have to have a bit of a sense of humour. And you have to be organised. Apparently we did a great job on that last one, as we had quite a few people compliment us and comment how easy it was to shop our sale. So, I thought I'd share a few tips here to let you know how we approach the preparations and set-up.
My Nan patiently showed me how to use the cultivator to create a long furrow in the ground where I would plant my seeds. First, sprinkle in the fertilizer, then the seeds. Careful! Spread them out so they have room to grow. Then cover and pat down the soil on top. Water, and you're done. Well, until it's time to thin out the growing plants. And weed. And water again. And check for pests. And so on. I started gardening with my grandmother when I was a toddler.
This post was sponsored by TD but, as always, opinions are my own. I am the first to admit that financial planning isn't one of my strong points, although I am pretty good with the basics. Like growing my savings with regular, automatic deductions so I don't miss the cash and don't have the opportunity to decide to skip a month.
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