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Benefits Of Having A Composter

Did you know that having a composter for your garden can actually save you money? If you garden at all a composter is a MUST have for your yard. I honestly can’t think of a negative thing about having a composter. (If you don’t like the way they look you can put it behind a shed out of view)

4 Benefits of having a compost bin

Original photo by wisemandarine via Flickr

Here are the top 4 benefits of having a composter. If you can think of any Continue reading

Filling in our new Raised Garden Boxes

 

This post is the continuation of my previous post Building Raised Garden Beds.

On the second day of our new garden project we finished up preparing for the dirt and getting the dirt. I followed the directions from this website, with a few changes. One idea that I really liked the idea of was the bird netting/row covers. So I got a piece of 1″ PVC cut it into 1′ sections, than attached it the boxes. We had to push most of them into the ground so that they didn’t stick out over the top of the box. We attached them with some all around strapping (galvanized so it wont rust). This was cheaper than straps and we have lots left over for future projects. Just 1 strap close to the top was enough to hold them in place.

Can you see the pipe on the sides

Can you see the pipe on the sides

As you can see in the above picture I did not use landscaping material. Instead I used newspaper. I had it at home and it was free. I used approx 10 layers (total guess :)) and soaked it with water from my rain barrel  This will kill all the grass and weeds below it. You can also use cardboard if you have more of that available. I should mention that I used mostly black and white papers, not the colored flyers. The die from them is better left out of my garden.

Than all you need a lot of dirt. There are of course many place you can buy dirt, either in bags from home improvement store, or garden centers. Or in large bags or truck loads from landscaping companies and on-line companies. However all of these routes will cost you money. And if you read my last post you will no that I got this dirt for free! How much dirt?

Truck Load of Free Dirt

Truck Load of Free Dirt

I was say a lot of dirt 🙂 Here in town the dump collects all of our yard waste, they leave it to compost. Once it is usable as compost (dirt) they make a big pile that anyone can take and use.  All you have to do is shovel it yourself. They also have wood chips available. We also got some of them as well. But they are under all this dirt.

This trip we were very lucky, when we where about half way done one of the workers came over with a big digger and put 2 scoops right into the back of our truck! It was great. Not something that happens usually so we were very excited about it. Once we got it home and into the garden beds it ended up being just enough, plus some for some bare spots in our yard. Thanks to that extra help that we got.

All done and ready for seeds

All done and ready for seeds

Here is the finished product, I was so excited I started putting the plants back in before getting a picture of them full.

You might not be able to tell from the picture but there is a space between the fence and the boxes. This is were we put the wood chips. That way we wont have grass or weeds grow in that area.

I am very happy with the result and they came together much faster than we expected. Now to finish planting in them and wait to collect all that fresh garden produce!

 

Do you plant a vegetable garden? What are you growing this year?

Building our new Raised Garden Bed

 

Over the past 2 days Trev and I have spent all our time outside building a raised bed for my vegetable garden. It was so easy the first time we decided to build 2. This makes me very happy as it gives me more space to grow more fruits & vegetable. Which in turn will help us save money. Plus produce fresh from the garden is so much better than from the store.

This is what the space looked like when we started, I have used this space for growing mainly strawberries, raspberries & tomatoes. It is fenced off so that the dogs didn’t run through it.

Garden area before we started

Garden area before we started

I searched on-line (mostly on Pinterest) and found the Continue reading

5 Ways to Lower the Cost on Flowers

I like to have a nice garden, one with lots of color and life in it. However to get some of the really nice looking flowers you can end up spending a lot of  money.

I go at it with a different approach, the frugal way! So before you go racing off to the garden center for your flowers check out these ideas and see if you can save yourself some money too.

This one I got 2 as they attract Hummingbirds

This one I got 2 as they attract hummingbirds

1. Stick with perennials.

This has got to be one of the biggest money savers. Perennials are the flowers and plants that will come up year after year. So you only have to buy them once and enjoy them for many years. Some varies tend to Continue reading

And The Grass Is Growing

This morning while I was watering my latest garden project I saw what I have been waiting for. I HAVE GRASS!!!

Can you see the small blades coming up?

Can you see all the small blades coming up?

I know what your thinking, Why is this exciting? You need to remember I have 2 big dogs and spring has just started. My lawn looks like a mix of dirt and patches of grass. So I did a small section to see if my grass seed from last year was still good. As you can see above it is growing very well.

I have to do my back yard in small sections as the dogs get free run of the yard, and the kids also are free to play as they see fit. This “trial” area was protected with nothing more than tomato cages.

1st Trial Spot

1st Trial Spot

As you can see from the picture I have many more spots to fill, thank you dogs.  I am quite happy with the small signs of life, and hoping it will fill the whole area once it all sprouts.

 

Are you interested in how I planted this seed? I have many more sections to do and have another method I would like to try. Look forward to that post coming once I get it planted and it starts to grow. Maybe as early as next week!   Or if you want to know NOW tell me in the comments below and if there is interest I could do a post per step and we can do it together.