I have some friends who moved earlier this year to the Phoenix area. The husband was an avid gardener and we used to swap produce and brag about our gardens! He tried to grow a tomato and a bell pepper plant in their yard this spring but they got baked so he's out of luck until early next year. And they'll have to put in pots and stuff to grow what they can grow. So they were up for a visit this weekend so I took them a couple of bags of bell peppers, garlic, and a bunch of tomatoes to take home with them.
You can't put a price on that, my friend was so happy to have the fresh produce and her husband was super jealous! Hah! So whatever the cost to feed my friends, it's worth it!
current weight: 234.4
Fitness Minutes: (153,020) Posts: 185,985 8/26/12 5:51 P
I have friends who throw so much money at their gardens. All you really need is a digging stick and some seeds. It is easy to get free seeds from other people, since experienced gardeners usually buy too much or grow their own. If you have sandy soil, just plant foods that like the sand, same with clay. I tell all my new gardeners to plant squashes the first year and start a compost pile. They might buy a bag of ready-made compost and a box of fertilizer, that's it.
To me a garden the cost isn't measurable because I find that it uplifts my spirits. Finding things that need to be picked makes my heart sing. The summer I am happiest because of all the veggies coming from the garden.
I have a hard time shaking my Winter Blues, well until I put the garden in. The past couple years my Blues were deep, almost depression because of stress at work, I was over a month late putting in my garden, although the weather was good I just didn't feel good, I just wanted to hide in my house. But as soon as stuff started popping out of the ground I started to feel better.
Actually the stress this year was so bad that I almost pulled out my garden when the person causing me that stress asked me if I was gardening this year and how it was doing. Thankfully that person has been fired, now I hope with the change in boss's that I can start to enjoy life again, and enjoy my garden. I have actually been debating on getting house plants again.
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Fitness Minutes: (153,020) Posts: 185,985 8/13/12 11:21 A
I used to love to garden, but I can't bend down, can't kneel down and if I do, I can't stay on my knees so I sit on the ground but then I can't get up....
I loved to grow my own peas, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, just to name a few. I always wanted to grow strawberries but never had the room in my little trailer park yard (and now I live in an apartment without any outdoor space.) My ex and I used to go out into the bush and pick our blueberries from the wild. Couldn't beat the flavour and we knew the best placs to go!
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