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Re: A really, really Frugal Gardener

Post  Mellen on 3/11/2017, 11:56 am

@RC3291 wrote:This kind of goes with your number one. If it doesn't germinate plant some more. Then it will all come up.
  Razz  Yep...& I always learn things the hard way, usually as a result of my enthusiasm.
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Post  GWN on 3/11/2017, 1:03 pm



I put all of those seedlings that were going to be VERY slow, like rosemary and thyme in the Toilet rolls,   They have been quite happy for this past month I DO have a greenhouse, but hate starting to heat it too early in the year. So keeping them in small pots has been a way to keep my plants from taking over all of my house  Smile
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Post  RC3291 on 3/11/2017, 2:40 pm

In my efforts to be frugal I had a work bench in my storage shed for about 20 years. Added some hardware cloth around the outside and made a door in it. Moved it to the back covered patio and I have a brooder for baby chicks. When I'm not brooding I keep chicken and gardening supplies inside. Top serves as my work bench for my gardening. Eggs to eat, shells for compost or to keep slugs and snails a bay. It's amazing how much manure four chickens can produce for the compost pile too. I take the plants and soil out of my peat pots when transplanting and cut about an inch ring off the top of the used pots and place them around plants in my containers to keep the mulch pushed back away from the stems of the plants. Tear up the rest of the pot and throw it in my compost. My raised bed is made from two 2x10's that were a handicap ramp for my dog that tore her ACL 15 years ago. My trellis for my cucumbers is made from some left over concrete reinforcing wire from building my shed. Hey I'm cleaning out my shed too. I'm eyeing a kiddie swimming pool I bought for my dogs to cool off in during the hot part of summer. They never use it and I'm looking for a place to plant some strawberries. Now to find a place for it where the dogs won't get in it.
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Post  Kelejan on 3/11/2017, 2:52 pm

@Mellen wrote:
@RC3291 wrote:This kind of goes with your number one. If it doesn't germinate plant some more. Then it will all come up.
  Razz  Yep...& I always learn things the hard way, usually as a result of my enthusiasm.

I feel that learning things the hard way makes it stick and one seldom repeats any mistakes.
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Re: A really, really Frugal Gardener

Post  GWN on 3/11/2017, 7:25 pm

RC3291
You seem to be a dog lover AND a frugal gardener.
My raised bed is made from two 2x10's that were a handicap ramp for my dog that tore her ACL 15 years ago.

Is that the dog in the picture?
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Post  RC3291 on 3/12/2017, 9:41 am

No it was a different dog. She crossed the rainbow bridge about 11 years ago. She was a border collie mix. The one in the picture is the oldest of the two I have now. She's a four years old chow/golden retriever mix. The other is a lab mix, had her first birthday yesterday. I have a friend that calls me a pack rat yet every time he does a project he complains he threw something away a month ago.
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Post  GWN on 3/12/2017, 11:11 am

 every time he does a project he complains he threw something away a month ago.

So every pack rat has his limits......

The cool thing about making things out of stuff you have pack ratted, is that not only do you do something for free... but you also clean a small part of your house Smile
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/12/2017, 11:50 am

@RC3291 wrote:This kind of goes with your number one. If it doesn't germinate plant some more. Then it will all come up.
Like families who adopt, then turn up pregnant. Who says Nature doesn't have a sense of humor. rofl
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/12/2017, 11:54 am

@RC3291 wrote:In my efforts to be frugal I had a work bench in my storage shed for about 20 years. Added some hardware cloth around the outside and made a door in it. Moved it to the back covered patio and I have a brooder for baby chicks. When I'm not brooding I keep chicken and gardening supplies inside. Top serves as my work bench for my gardening. Eggs to eat, shells for compost or to keep slugs and snails a bay. It's amazing how much manure four chickens can produce for the compost pile too. I take the plants and soil out of my peat pots when transplanting and cut about an inch ring off the top of the used pots and place them around plants in my containers to keep the mulch pushed back away from the stems of the plants. Tear up the rest of the pot and throw it in my compost. My raised bed is made from two 2x10's that were a handicap ramp for my dog that tore her ACL 15 years ago. My trellis for my cucumbers is made from some left over concrete reinforcing wire from building my shed. Hey I'm cleaning out my shed too. I'm eyeing a kiddie swimming pool I bought for my dogs to cool off in during the hot part of summer. They never use it and I'm looking for a place to plant some strawberries. Now to find a place for it where the dogs won't get in it.
If there's a prize for the "Frugalist Gardener" I vote for you. I love you
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/12/2017, 11:57 am

@GWN wrote:
 every time he does a project he complains he threw something away a month ago.

So every pack rat has his limits......

The cool thing about making things out of stuff you have pack ratted, is that not only do you do something for free... but you also clean a small part of your house Smile
And keep it out of the land fill.
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Post  countrynaturals on 6/21/2017, 3:43 pm

I have a perfect little strawberry that I want to leave on the plant until it's really ripe. Today I asked Katie if she has any little tulle drawstring bags. The answer was "no" but she brought me a Dollar Tree bath scrubber. I took it apart and got 3 yards of tubular nylon netting. I made a strawberry sock out of about 2" of it. Now we'll see if it works. (The plastic container underneath is from a steamer TV dinner.)



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Re: A really, really Frugal Gardener

Post  Kelejan on 6/21/2017, 4:27 pm

@Kelejan wrote:
@Mellen wrote:
@RC3291 wrote:This kind of goes with your number one. If it doesn't germinate plant some more. Then it will all come up.
  Razz  Yep...& I always learn things the hard way, usually as a result of my enthusiasm.

I feel that learning things the hard way makes it stick and one seldom repeats any mistakes.

Browsing through this thread I came across something I wrote, so in answer to myself, I must state that I made a good choice of a husband the second time around. Very Happy
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Re: A really, really Frugal Gardener

Post  sanderson on 6/22/2017, 1:32 pm

KJ, Very Happy

CN, clever!

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Re: A really, really Frugal Gardener

Post  countrynaturals on 6/22/2017, 3:17 pm

@sanderson wrote:KJ, Very Happy

CN, clever!
So far, so good. Razz to all birds and slugs trying to steal my strawberries!
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Re: A really, really Frugal Gardener

Post  Fiz on 6/22/2017, 8:06 pm

I love discovering these old threads when you guys revive them.  Laughing  I would have never thought to use hula hoops from the dollar store (way back in this thread) to make hoop houses - cool idea!

I love getting gardening stuff from the dollar store. Most of my pots, bamboo trellises, and bamboo stakes are from there.

The most frugal thing I did was make my SFG bed out of old bricks that had been sitting in my in-laws garage for over 20 years. They were happy to see them go, haha.
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Re: A really, really Frugal Gardener

Post  sanderson on 6/23/2017, 11:28 pm

Fiz, Dollar World, 99 Cent Store, are fun to browse for items that can be used in the garden or repurposed for the garden.

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Post  countrynaturals on 6/23/2017, 11:59 pm

@sanderson wrote:Fiz,  Dollar World, 99 Cent Store, are fun to browse for items that can be used in the garden or repurposed for the garden.
One time I found real leather garden gloves at Dollar Tree. I can't believe I only bought one pair. Rolling Eyes
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/22/2017, 12:28 pm

Just bought the ANSFG book, getting ready for my first MM bed. I had planned on doing all carrots and not messing with grids, but Mel talked me into making it a "patchwork quilt" with other root crops. The problem is, I've already blown the budget on MM (and full-spectrum LED grow lights for winter Rolling Eyes ) so I started scrounging around the property for grid materials. VOILA! Corn stalks! They're absolutely perfect! Next week, after my MM arrives and I get this bed finished, I'll post the "after" pics. Cool
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/22/2017, 7:24 pm

Love it!I love you
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Post  sanderson on 10/23/2017, 3:30 am

Clever!

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Re: A really, really Frugal Gardener

Post  Kelejan on 10/26/2017, 12:23 am

@Fiz wrote:I love discovering these old threads when you guys revive them.  Laughing  I would have never thought to use hula hoops from the dollar store (way back in this thread) to make hoop houses - cool idea!

I love getting gardening stuff from the dollar store. Most of my pots, bamboo trellises, and bamboo stakes are from there.

The most frugal thing I did was make my SFG bed out of old bricks that had been sitting in my in-laws garage for over 20 years. They were happy to see them go, haha.
I remember this post as the next day I went to the two stores in our town and neither one had any hoops. Sad
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Re: A really, really Frugal Gardener

Post  countrynaturals on 10/26/2017, 2:12 pm

@Kelejan wrote:
@Fiz wrote:I love discovering these old threads when you guys revive them.  Laughing  I would have never thought to use hula hoops from the dollar store (way back in this thread) to make hoop houses - cool idea!

I love getting gardening stuff from the dollar store. Most of my pots, bamboo trellises, and bamboo stakes are from there.

The most frugal thing I did was make my SFG bed out of old bricks that had been sitting in my in-laws garage for over 20 years. They were happy to see them go, haha.
I remember this post as the next day I went to the two stores in our town and neither one had any hoops. Sad
My ANSFG bed will be made from 1 gal. nursery pots. I can't wait! bounce Hopefully, tomorrow. sunny
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Post  sanderson on 11/8/2017, 2:57 am

Hit Dollar World today for storage boxes for various garden supplies storage and anything else that I might need.  $35 for lots of goodies!   Very Happy I won't tell you how much I spent next door at OSH (west coast store) for canning jars and supplies, large sweet potato tote and large storage boxes for shade cloth, etc. Embarassed

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Post  countrynaturals on 11/8/2017, 12:04 pm

@sanderson wrote:Hit Dollar World today for storage boxes for various garden supplies storage and anything else that I might need.  $35 for lots of goodies!   Very Happy  I won't tell you how much I spent next door at OSH (west coast store) for canning jars and supplies, large sweet potato tote and large storage boxes for shade cloth, etc. Embarassed
I love OSH, but frugal it ain't. affraid
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Post  sanderson on 11/8/2017, 2:22 pm

No, it is not the cheapest, but it has wonderful service, nice products and no fuss returns.  It's like a neighborhood store.

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