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.