(This is a cross-post from our Buy Nothing Summer blog.)
Our biggest accomplishment thus far in the eleven days of our Buy Nothing Summer adventure is planting a new garden with no money. Well, okay...we spent a little...lemme explain:
The dead grass pile in the before photo has been eluding the previous owners of this property for years. Everyone's had it tested, dug down to see what's up with the pipes underneath, everything. But grass would never grow here and there was no conclusion as to why.
We had our wonderful geologist friend, Rebecca, come over to test the soil again (verdict: pH neutral) and give us some pointers. She advised a bit of phosphorous to provide some nutrients for the plants and some good new soil on top.
Well, I don't know if we got good SOIL, but we did get good dirt. For FREE! What a perfect time to rediscover the Twin Cities Free Market! Free, free, free. What a wonderful way to spread the wealth among neighbors and avoid the dump.
We also learned that we could split about a gazillion plants that we already have on our property in various other spots to plant in the new garden, so the plant cost was zilch. We got to talking with neighbors (as always happens when we spend time in our front yard...hmm) and suddenly we had about a dozen plants from our across-the-street neighbor to add to our new garden.
Bat Guano (phosphorous): $5
Mulch: $9 (and we need another bag...so $18 total)
TOTAL: $23 for a brand-new garden
(Spending time with my thrifty husband throwing our own sweat equity into yet another garden that we can add to our list of garden creations: PRICELESS)
We're still looking for rocks for the border and intend to scavenge and thrift those out this summer. Anyone have a good lead on some rocks?
• Purple Coneflower
• Black-eyed Susan
• Blanket Flower
• Zebra Mallow
• a bunch of other things that I moved and can't remember the names of...