Frugal August is not going too well. I may of broken the rules & bought a replacement rice cooker & then a Tefal Actifry (so I can cook with less oil in an attempt to eat healthier).
Another way to I try to live healthier& frugally is by attempting to grow our own herbs & veggies. What was the penny dropping is Kobe has begun begging me at the shops for “ Just a small chocolate. I need chocolate” so Im trying to show him healthier (but obviously not as delicious) options. I don’t have a backyard at my house I only have a couple of small garden beds out the front. These beds use to house hedges but I decided to rip them out to utilise the space to “grow” some of our own produce. Not sure if I mentioned that Im a deluded green thumb, more of a brown thumb as that’s what most of my plants eventually turn into, sigh. But I don’t give up easy ha ha.
The soil around my area is very sandy hence not a lot seems to flourish. So I went to Masters hardware store a few months back to invest in some Summit raised garden beds. Then filled them with pea straw, potting mix, mushroom compost & slow release fertilizer (as recommended by The little veggie patch co book).
I loosely used the planting calender (from the above mentioned book) to choose what to grow; potatoes, strawberries, chilli, corn, lettuce, coriander, rosemary, beans, tomatoes,capsicum & pumpkin.
Sadly the corn, capsicums, tomatoes (& chilli looks on the way out) have been chewed beyond repair by hungry catepillars & slugs. Kobe & I have been hunting catepillars & relocating them to live in harmony in the local park (we happily welcome back any butterflies). I read somewhere by sprinkling crushed egg shells around the plants it deters the bugs so time will tell if I have anything to eat in Spring. I have ripped out the pumpkin plant which grew from the compost I chucked in there which grew over the lettuce which failed to sprout & instead planted some tomato seeds.
I may not of been as successful growing veggies as I wanted to be but on the upside, Kobe is absolutely delighted in running around showing daddy our little garden pointing out all the veggies he knows & he even says goodnight to them “goodnight corn, goodnight mato (tomato), goodnight beans, goodnight weeds (love it!), goodnight stupid catepillars (whoops he learnt that s word off me)”. I still have to hide veggies in his food but hopefully not much longer (or am I being delusional with a toddler?)
I have definitely learnt a little more each year I attempt to grow food but I have a lifetime to go before I will feel like gardening is second nature. I always have fun planting the seeds, it’s the maintaining, weeding & nurturing which alludes me. I may even join the community garden if times persists to pick up some skill sets. If you have time check out my dream garden at this blog, Meadowbrook farm & check out what One hundred dollars a month blogger grew in her enormous garden- jealous & inspired at the same time!
Whats growing in your garden?
Happy Thursday friends!
Sidenote: I highly recommend The little veggie patch co book its suitable for small gardens like mine, one day I hope to make a worm farm & spud tower using their directions.