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Post  kbb964 on 4/25/2012, 9:24 am

Call me stupid but we just got LATE notice of a wedding back home in England. What was my first thought? My new SFG of course! Second came the cost! Weighing all the pros and cons I decided to stay home. Wedding is on my husband's side of the family and he and my son have not been over the pond for 6 and 5 years respectively, I went twice 3 years ago. So Hubby and son will go and have a brilliant time and I can eat all the fresh veg, walk the dog ( ugh) and swim in the pool and drink Daquiris made from the fresh strawberries !

What if anything have you sacrificed?

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Post  KDeus on 4/25/2012, 9:36 am

We got some very heavy downpours (we SO needed it) this weekend and since I am still building my boxes, the plants are on a rack on the back porch. I didn't think the rain was going to be so heavy all at once but when I saw my back porch under 3" of water after only raining 10 minutes, my first thought was not about water coming in the house, but the plants. So I stood outside rescuing each one getting completely drenched in the process. BUT, I didn't lose anything! I had to add some MM to some where it had washed out, but all are doing very well!

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Post  Lavender Debs on 4/25/2012, 9:58 am

Easy mowing. It looks cute but is it ever a pain to mow!

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Post  littlesapphire on 4/25/2012, 10:38 am

A good night's sleep! My first year with my SFG garden, I would literally be up at night worrying about the slugs getting into my boxes. The rain at night would wake me up and I'd think, OH NO SLUGS!

Mostly though what I sacrifice most for my garden is spontaneity. We can't just get up and leave for several days in the summer. We need to make sure we have a plant sitter to come and water the babies.

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Post  cheyannarach on 4/25/2012, 10:39 am

Housework Razz ! This time of year it seems like everything indoors gets done on an as needed basis!

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Post  camprn on 4/25/2012, 10:48 am

+1 on the house work



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Post  cheyannarach on 4/25/2012, 10:51 am

@camprn wrote:+1 on the house work



A spotless house is a sure sign of a misspent life!

Couldn't agree more!

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Post  Lavender Debs on 4/25/2012, 10:51 am

@littlesapphire wrote:A good night's sleep! My first year with my SFG garden, I would literally be up at night worrying about the slugs getting into my boxes. The rain at night would wake me up and I'd think, OH NO SLUGS!

Mostly though what I sacrifice most for my garden is spontaneity. We can't just get up and leave for several days in the summer. We need to make sure we have a plant sitter to come and water the babies.

If slugs count than I have sacrificed a cap....after being on a few late-night slug hunts they started invading my dreams and in response I began to clench so hard I cracked a cap.

BTW getting away in summer is why Ray works so hard to have watering systems.....and why he cringes when I get all full of lust for bunnies.

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Post  quiltbea on 4/25/2012, 10:53 am

I sacrifice making any quilts. In spring and summer, I spend my time in the garden, thinking gardens, changing seed orders a dozen times, reading gardens, watching garden videos, planning and re-planning gardens, checking garden forums. No time for those quilts til fall arrives once again. I LOVE it!

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Post  kbb964 on 4/25/2012, 11:08 am

I am so loving all these responses!

I can totally agree with the housework not getting done. I am a master of putting off the ironing and vacuuming! In winter I sew and do DIY, decorating and spring , summer the garden and pool.

Gotta love watching hubby ironing a shirt at 11pm!


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Post  curio on 4/25/2012, 2:04 pm

Would my sanity count?

Seriously... my veggie gardens aren't as demanding as the animals (vacations are to travel to National Specialty dog shows with the pack and hubby... and don't come but once a year)

I tend to be a bit OCD, so I think that my schedule baffles many who don't know me well. We're ALWAYS working on some project or another... usually outside. I garden or work compost in the rain... have gardened with a flashlight (to finish a project before quitting), and other equally "crazy" stuff.

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Post  llama momma on 4/25/2012, 2:27 pm

Before sf gardening, priority went to the large flower garden in front of the house. Now all the square foot boxes get most of my attention. Can't figure out how to enforce the self-discipline to properly care for both areas to my satisfaction. I either run out of time or energy. It's a nice problem to have I guess Embarassed

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/25/2012, 3:20 pm

I'm with QuiltBea, sort-of. My crafting has suffered tremendously since I put my garden in. Not one card or gift has even been thought of let alone made! Here I am facing the annual retiring stamps and accessories list for my hobby business; I'm looking at the list and trying to decide if I really want that stamp set, or spool of ribbon, or whatever it is I love is worth losing money I could spend on making my garden bigger & better. My little group of ladies who come over for monthly classes are going to be sorely disappointed in me if I don't come up with the usual adorable things for them to make in May!

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Post  kateh on 4/25/2012, 10:02 pm

I haven't even planted yet, and I feel like I've given up sleeping through the night! I seem to wake up in the middle of the night and I am thinking about how to best organize my new garden. This is my first year with a garden and I am as excited as a little kid to get everything started. I feel like my three year old daughter too excited to sleep because Santa is coming!

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/25/2012, 11:24 pm

@kateh wrote:I haven't even planted yet, and I feel like I've given up sleeping through the night! I seem to wake up in the middle of the night and I am thinking about how to best organize my new garden. This is my first year with a garden and I am as excited as a little kid to get everything started. I feel like my three year old daughter too excited to sleep because Santa is coming!

Kate! I know exactly how you feel...although insomnia is a way of life for me. sawing logs<===That doesn't come easily to me. Gardening is an addiction, albeit a healthier one than most. :drunken: I do believe that my boys have caught the gardening bug, which is one of my major goals with my new SFG. Hopefully they'll be willing to taste the end results once they're ready to pluck off the vine/plant or out of the ground. What a Face If you need advice, don't hesitate to ask! Lots of folks around here have much more experience than we do and are happy to share.

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Post  Unmutual on 4/26/2012, 7:45 am

I've sacrificed watching TV, endless hours on the internet and generally sitting on my posterior. Countless hours at work have been sacrificed thinking about how to set up the next garden bed. Okay, so maybe sacrifice is the wrong word here...

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Post  Roseinarosecity on 4/26/2012, 3:04 pm

Large backyard parties with kids playing in the lawn.

But, it's okay, because the kids are finishing high school or are much older. Small intimate gatherings are now preferable in my concrete patio -- less work, fresh veggies, quiet conversations. I can live with that.

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Post  H_TX_2 on 4/26/2012, 3:18 pm

I have not sacrificed anything yet but if that cat gets into my garden again I will be making a sacrificial offering.

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Post  JustMe on 4/27/2012, 12:21 am

This week in particularly grocery shopping has taken a backseat. We have food but have run low on a few items. Instead, I've been using the precious time I have between finishing work and picking up kids from school to either exercise (I'm training for a half marathon, hubby travels a lot and the kids are too young to stay home alone) or run SFG-related errands (buy ingredients for MM, stakes for deer fencing, seedlings, etc.)

We typically have 2 hours between the time we get home from school pick-up before extra-curricular activities begin, so I've been using that time on good weather days to mix MM, cut grids, set up the deer fencing, etc. instead of grocery shop.

We ran out of milk the other day. I keep a homemade mix of cocoa powder that we often will drink instead of milk on cooler days. Thankfully, it's been cool or rainy the last few days, so I've been able to hold off on buying milk. I did make a milk run today though.

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Post  kbb964 on 4/27/2012, 8:51 am

@H_TX_2 wrote:I have not sacrificed anything yet but if that cat gets into my garden again I will be making a sacrificial offering.

LOL lol!

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Post  cheyannarach on 4/27/2012, 1:49 pm

funny post

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/27/2012, 4:32 pm

@H_TX_2 wrote:I have not sacrificed anything yet but if that cat gets into my garden again I will be making a sacrificial offering.
lol! My neighbor has a dog that I feel the same way about!

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Post  arla on 4/27/2012, 6:53 pm

Lots of snails!

Oh wait, you didn't mean it like that, mostly just time that would have otherwise been spent not doing much, sitting around the house, etc etc.

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Post  landarch on 4/27/2012, 9:15 pm

dollar bills and one burning bush that was in the way...other than that the garden serves as therapy and recreation...not too many sacrifices.

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Post  Turan on 4/28/2012, 12:54 am

This time of year I become obsessed and compulsive about the garden. I did not go dancing last weekend with my hubby because I was working in the garden until dark and I collapsed. I did not go to meet with my spinning guild for the same reason. Tomorrow I must go drive to another town and visit my mother. I do not want to though because I want to work in the garden. It is more what do my friends and family sacrifice to my garden.

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