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Garden Planning

Saturday, March 09, 2013

I have next week off, so I'm planning on working on my garden. I don't know how far I will get because money is a little tight. Yesterday I went to a garden center and drooled over the beautiful pottery and my imagination went wild with the possibilities. Then reality set in as I viewed the $300 price tag - LOL.

I'm hoping to start off by building a simple raised bed planter with nothing more than a couple of planks cut at Lowe's. That will at least get me started for less than $20 on growing lettuce and tomatoes for the summer.

I have a small container in the backyard now growing red lettuce, and I've discovered I have to do something to protect my 'crop' from hungry animals. I spotted a squirrel enjoying a 'salad'.

I think I've decided on a compost bin. I found this one that buries into the ground, which allows worms to crawl in and out of it, but keeps other pests out. It doesn't look too bad, but I will probably obscure it somehow.

I want to get a rain barrel to water my plants with. I like the look of this decorative rain barrel. It looks like an ordinary planter.

I'll use the rain runoff from the roof to water the flowers and trees, but not vegetables we will consume.

I won't be able to budget them right away, but hopefully I can have them in place before the summer.
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    I like that compost bin -- where did you find it?

    When I was small, my father did a lot of gardening to help feed our large family. A few years ago, I bought my childhood home from my mother, fully planning to continue the tradition. I decided I like grass, though, so instead of the large plowed garden he always had, I'm doing several vertical gardens and raised beds.

    I got lucky at Home Depot last year and got the scraps from where people had them cut 12' boards down to 8'. I got enough lumber -- and even landscape ties -- for 4 raised beds for $11.

    Definitely not too early to scratch the garden itch. It's just about time to start seeds inside for transplanting after the last frost. I'm putting peas, spinach, broccoli, radishes and a few other things in the ground this weekend, and starting seeds indoors for tomatoes, peppers, etc.
    1929 days ago
    I just started planning a garden for this year, got my hands in the dirt too!


    That rain barrel does look pretty nice!
    1930 days ago
    Good for you that you are going to have your own vegetables. I've tried to grow tomatoes in pots and every year there has been some kind of problem. From too much sun to not enough water to too much water. I am going to try again this year.
    1931 days ago
    Cool! I wish I liked garden work as much as I liked gardens. Wish my DH did too. :(
    1932 days ago
  • RX_2_RV
    Gardening is such a satisfying way to get exercise and sunshine! Enjoy!
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    Also, FYI for everyone:
    Depends on where you live, but some cities or counties have free or low cost compost bins to reduce the amount of waste (and save them $$$). They aren't the fanciest, but the price is right! If anyone is interested, your waste disposal company would probably know if there is a local program like this.

    1932 days ago
    Ok, I am so so so so jealous right now. We still have 2 feet of snow and can't really do anything till May. Have lots and lots of fun with it.
    1932 days ago
    I was intrigued by the compost bin you showed. I've not seen one like that. I'm not into doing the work of gardening but I like seeing others efforts and their beautiful gardens, flowers and freggies.

    I have to laugh because I've eaten more freggies in the last 4 months I've been on SP than I've probably consumed in the last several years!

    I hope you get everything you want for your garden!

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    1932 days ago
  • 1935MARY
    I am looking forward to weather getting warm enough to put out my garden. Fresh veggies taste so good. I am also going to grow some herbs too. Food is so much better with fresh herbs. Also gardening burn off calories. Pulling weeds ,for 15 minutes can burn off 70 = calories. I can't wait to get out and plant flowers and veggies, but I guess I will have too, a little longer, until it gets warm enough, so I will have to settle for just planning it for now. Have a great week-end. I would check at yard sales,and thrift shops too, sometimes you can run into things you can use . Here allot of times I can find pots and plants.
    1932 days ago
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