The other day on All The Blue Day - Green & Thrifty, Jo gave examples of how she had been thrifty thus ensuring a flood of comments and further examples of thriftiness by her followers. When it came to my turn, the only recent example i could dredge up was the fact that my husband, tradie extraordinaire, had fixed our appliances (hot water service, oven, stove top, washing machines, vacs etc) so many times that i was left hoping that they would finally prove too much or he would give up so i could get new ones. How sad is that? Such a first world problem to have. After 18 years, our rather cheap (read property developer installed) hot water service has been replaced. Too many mornings of laying on the ground at 5.30am (him, not me) because it had gone out overnight had brought the issue to a head. Hubby was quoted and he paid for a HSW with a 5 star energy efficiency rating and they installed a 4 star. Bugger! Back on the phone...(update - it was exchanged today). Nope Gav, sorry no solar this time. Just cant afford it and i left the decision up to him.
|Keeping these little paws clean for the carpet is a full time job.|
|Its a mad scamper to grab her when she first comes in and then its off to the bathroom for a cleanup. This could happen several times a day.|
|Tilly chasing her tail so fast she's a blur...|
|I think these look more natural being bamboo.|
|Capsicum Red - it should be a nail polish colour|
Problem 2 - I need more growing space. So....... once again, inspired by the Learner Garden i went in search of pots for more tomatoes. Cue, another trip to Bunnings.
I was standing near the entrance to the garden area (having been deserted by my husband in favour of tools) right in front of a big stand of tomato plants. I was directing people to the Diggers Heirloom stand further down the aisle. Then i followed that up with the "Salad Plate Speech" and advice to get basil, garlic, spring onions and marigold plants as well. I was nuts. I was giving impromptu lectures on companion planting to perfect strangers and they were lapping it up. One woman was filling her trolley with anything i told her. I even added in a few flowers to bring bees to her garden. It was a hoot. Retail therapy on her credit card. Since i was there for several hours thanks to Hubby, i got to meet lots of people, some of which i had to reign in and tell them to spend $50 and get Craig from Edible Gardens to come out and do a consult. They had no idea what they wanted, no plans, no graphs (that one was for your Bronwyn - LOL) but were intent on spending up big. Best to start out right than to fail and have to start again. I Reckon anyway (add southern drawl and hay stalk in corner of mouth).
I'm calling this my Diggers Garden as it contains three varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes from the Diggers Club. I'm hoping that this is the last year ill have to buy them as I'm planning to collect the seeds for next year - more thriftiness.
For the rest of the season i will be using all the freebies. I must have left a few on the ground last season as i have tomato seedlings popping up everywhere. Ive got other seedling coming up that i dont recognise at all. When they get a bit bigger ill take pics and you can all play the guessing game.
So that's several thrifty ideas this week and i am going to put my brain to rest. Enjoy some garden pics. I'll be adding more plants next weekend.
|My morning chair (when i get a chance). Half in the pergola but out enough to catch the morning sun on my legs - I'm a red head and i burn.|
|Mint ( i love the fragrance when you brush past it), Dill, Lettuces and Corn on its way up.|
|The herb garden going nuts.|
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