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This Year's Garden and My 52 Week Challenge

March 28th, 2015 at 02:05 am

For four years now, I have been growing a garden, planting my seeds and plants primarily in a small plot at the back of my house. This year, due to an upcoming trip in late June, I decided to make my garden more simple by planting greens in several pots. I deliberately chose plants that I knew would be close to on their way out for the summer by late June and others that will be drought tolerant if it gets kind of dry while I am gone on my trip. I also know how to do drip irrigation by reusing plastic 2 liter bottles. I did the same trick last year when I went on a 3 day trip and it worked great, but I was very surprised at how well it did work. My husband has not been feeling well and is not going on the trip, so he would not be up to watering the plants. Part of my 52 Week Challenge once my plants get big enough to actually start harvesting will be to save whatever money I would have spent buying that food and put it towards my cc debt. I generally spend about $1.00 for a bunch of organic kale, $1-$2 on lettuce, and occasionally buy arugula, but do not remember the price. Sound like a good plan? Let's see how well it works. I checked outside this afternoon and my arugula, lettuce, and kale are already sprouted and are about 1 cm high. I think I have to wait a bit before I can eat it. LOL

In case you are interested in creating a homemade drip irrigation system without buying stuff or being an engineer, there are several good videos on YouTube about. I tried to cut and paste the url for one here, but SA won't let me. I even did the code, but SA just laughed at me.

4 Responses to “This Year's Garden and My 52 Week Challenge”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That's a great idea!

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    It sounds well thought out. Just remember you can plant more greens when you get home. They'll grow in a shadier spot in the summer heat. And in the fall, you can sow more again for fall harvest.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Good planning! Thriftorama is correct...you can space out your planting so you have some when you get back.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Sounds like a good plan. If you start your seeds inside when you get back, you plant out in August for winter crops, too, like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, which can tolerate quite a bit of frost. Also carrots.

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