Frackie's Road to Frugality


Tomatoes, Eggplants, & Cucumbers
April 15, 2010, 12:48 am
Filed under: Gardening | Tags: , , , , , ,

After nearly a month of chewing on whether or not to tear up my plot of land for making a vegetable garden, I have decided not to do it. My heart is sad (haha) but I, truly, do need to chose my battles and this is one that I will pass up for now. With my husband being deployed and it being just me and the little one, I don’t think it is worthwhile to do a raised bed veggie garden. So, until next year, I will settle for my little container garden corner.

I decided to just plant tomatoes, eggplants, and cucumbers. I cheated and bought them already sprouted. I went to our local compost pile today and, boy, was that stuff beautiful. It was the richest, darkest dirt I had ever seen! The best part about it…it was free! I forgot my gloves but that’s what bare hands are for, right?! I filled up my pots right there with my bare hands. I don’t even want to know what was in that compost. So, now I got my little corner on our deck that is dedicated to my vegetables. It costed me $20 for the pots, plants, and tomato wire. Not bad! We’ll see how much vegetables it actually gives me!

In the meantime (till I can make my own big garden), I am signed up for a local CSA group where you get fresh-off-the-farm ORGANIC vegetables and fruit delivered to a location near you! I’m so excited about this. I am so frustrated with the vegetables and fruit from the grocery store. Either they are way overpriced or they turn bad within a day. So, through a local farm I will have 3 different vegetables and 3 different fruits delivered twice a month for only…drumroll please…$18 a box! This is the petite box package because it’s only me and my 1 yr old I’m feeding, but when my husband gets back it will be $10 more. You can go to this website to find a place near you that has a co-op… http://www.localharvest.org/

Another thing I did today that slashed out a huge expense was I washed my own car! My husband would be very proud of me. I usually spend $25 to go to the local car wash but instead I drove into one of those do-it-yourselves one and it only costed me $7! Much better.

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I started out with a bit of container gardening too. One trick that really saved me some watering headaches in the hottest part of summer was to cut a pretty big hole in the bottom of my tomato pot so that the main tap root has a chance to grow straight on out of the container and into the ground. When I did this, the tomato was much more forgiving when I didn’t water it twice a day. 95% of the tomato roots stayed in the pot, but the one long tap root was probably 3 feet longer and just went down, down, down in search of water.

Comment by Jimmy Cracked-Corn

Oh that is great advice! I will definitely do that cause it gets HOT here in Savannah! Thanks for the tip! Keep em’ coming.

Comment by frackie




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