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I went to the store for "a few things".....spent my entire paycheck. My raised beds are going to be something to behold this year- but anyone else just hooked? I mean, we're talking, "DO NOT THROW THAT IN THE TRASH....in the compost! In the compost!" types of behaviors? Is there a support group? LOL

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We take our compost seriously around here too.  I've been known to take a "to go" bag home from friends and family to add to our compost.  And I've been saving a separate stash of egg shells for a few months now, I crush them and add to the soil when I plant my tomatoes for extra calcium.  Crushed shells used as a mulch will also deter slugs.

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Yup, I *really* got into it several years ago.  Made a few friends in this forum actually, that I have on FB (one even came and spent the night in my guest room on her traveling honeymoon!).  I wish I could get that enthusiasm back, it's waned after a bunch of stuff (and a few extra kids) the last few years.

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Originally Posted by Herabonne View Post

I went to the store for "a few things".....spent my entire paycheck. My raised beds are going to be something to behold this year- but anyone else just hooked? I mean, we're talking, "DO NOT THROW THAT IN THE TRASH....in the compost! In the compost!" types of behaviors? Is there a support group? LOL

It is an easy thing to do to spend an entire paycheck if you buy one of these raised bed. By the way, here is a good DIY on how to make raised beds: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-build-a-raised-vegetable-bed/index.html I think it is definitely worth spending even a few days if that is going to allow you to save up to 500 dollars. Or maybe that is just me. 

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It will calm down a bit once you've got the beds and you're only maintaining with some compost, fertilizer, seeds and plants. At first (well and every time you think of a great new project) it will feel like your garden is bleeding you, a bit. (or it did for us, then it started paying back, became a family hobby) 

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It's a lot like having your first baby.  There is a lot of money in the start up, and later you find that a great deal of it could have been found on the curb, free for the taking.  Your need for matching anything fades, and tolerance for poop skyrockets.  You buy basketloads of colorful toys which remain ignored, and find that milk jugs are preferred instead.  You smile at the newbies, freshly infected and enthusiastic and, like you, spending way too much money on what you know now are not essential (but try telling them that!)  

 

The crazy, frenetic energy subsides and fades, and then you are simply the crazy old bat throwing corks and cellulose sponges in the worm bin along with your melon rinds.

 

Enjoy!

 

Just an added warning.... don't start thinking about what a wonderful addition chickens would be to the garden.....

 

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Edited by SweetSilver - 6/20/12 at 7:41am
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