Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Gardening on the cheap giveaway

The gardening season in OKC is starting to swing. My tomato transplants are getting unreasonably huge, early-season seedlings and seeds are planted out in the garden, the lasagna garden has been uncovered to warm up the soil, and our peach trees have been pruned. (Still have to prune the other trees). I am counting the days until I can plant my tomatoes - I fear I may have to transplant them to larger containers again before April 15th!

As high gardening season approaches, you may have a list of things you need for your garden. If you are like most Americans (and me), you tend to buy things that were made specifically for one purpose, and that includes gardening. This is a mindset encouraged by our consumer culture, a need for convenience, and our current home aesthetic.

Now, I do firmly believe that the right tool can make a job 1000% easier (for example, a tile cutting machine vs. a manual tile cutter makes a world of difference). However, it is often less expensive to use what you've got around the house - or "waste" products from other people - for garden chores rather than buying specifically-made items. Plus, you are recycling something instead of using more of our resources to manufacture a new item.

At least for me, it takes a while to get in the creative recycling mindset. But "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" - that mantra of our great-grandparents may be coming back in style.

Hence, my giveaway today! In honor of the resurgence of gardening and to help you garden for cheap, I present Newspaper, Pennies, Cardboard, and Eggs--For Growing a Better Garden: More than 400 New, Fun, and Ingenious Ideas to Keep Your Garden Growing Great All Season Long.

Want a (possibly used) copy? Comment in! I will draw winners on Friday.

12 comments:

Kate said...

Please count me in! The book sounds right up my alley.

Issa said...

Count me in, too. Sounds like info I could really use.

Melissa said...

Hausfrau,
I learned about lasagna gardening from your blog and tracked down a copy of Gaia's Garden that you mentioned in an earlier post. I did compost-in-place beds in January and I can't wait to plant in them. I would enjoy reading this book and then would probably pass it on again.

Anonymous said...

Count me in, too. There are many expenses involved with gardening and I try to be frugal... We are having a series of "seed exchanges" here in Nelson County. Extra seed, last year's seed, seed saved and more. It's a good way to meet with others in your area and exchange info about good varieties and planting times, etc. Also to help us all prepare to save some of our own seed this year. Tomorrow we will watch Cindy Connor's "Develop a Sustainable Garden Plan" dvd at the community center.

Happy Gardening (and Happy Spring) to all.

`KC in Virginia

pgrass101 said...

Please include me too

48 Degrees North said...

I'm definitely interested!

Sharlene T. said...

I just finished planting my 'birthing sheets' in the big container garden, today, so I now have time to read. Count me in 'cause I believe in the use-it-up-wear-it-out theory.

Frugal Pursuit said...

This looks like a great book. Please add my name to the giveaway.

anthy said...

Ooh, this looks interesting. Please count me in! (I'm planning on planting some seedlings in containers this weekend, so this is very apropos.)

anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

Luci said...

Sounds like a great book. I could always use some ideas to help with the urban farmstead.

Sylvia said...

Gardening and cheap, two of my favorite things! :) And thanks for all your your informative and impassioned posts.

Cianoy said...

Count me in! I recycle as much as I can.