“Upgrades”

Upgrade No. 1:

Apparently, not everyone waters their garden like I’ve been watering MY garden. My sister and brother-in-law stopped by yesterday morning as I was giving my freshly planted seeds some TLC. This is what I was doing:

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Here’s some background. After my seeds were first planted, I was worrying about how I would water them. Apparently, on my list of “must-haves” for starting my garden I forgot to write down watering can. We also didn’t get a long enough hose to reach all 3 beds. Anyways, in an effort to be clever, Dave helped me out by poking holes in an old cream cheese container and I poured water from a juice pitcher through the container to simulate rain. I thought this was INGENIOUS.

Admittedly, this took way more time than was necessary and involved several trips to refill my pitcher. After being  teased mercilessly, I set out to get a watering can to save face and make things easier for myself. Why is it so much easier to spend money on the things you WANT vs. the things you NEED?

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That’s better! (Winnie, your face is disgusting!)

Upgrade No. 2:

We finally got a rain barrel for the garden! I have been reading a lot about how much money you can save by harvesting your rain water, and being thrifty, the idea really appealed to me. Unfortunately, these things can be $100 or more in stores! Not wanting to spend that kind of money, I did some research into making my own rain barrel.  However, it seemed like once you got a barrel of some kind, and then bought the rain barrel kit, it was often cheaper to buy one ready-made. I missed out on the City of Hamilton’s annual rain barrel sale last weekend, at which rain barrels were selling for $40.  My sister found a rain barrel sale for charity on the weekend (which benefited a community garden for at-risk youth in Hamilton) and we picked up this gem for $50:

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This thing is huuge! I haven’t “hooked it up” yet, and I think I’m missing a part or two, but here’s where it will live. This makes me happy. Our colour choice was between this terra-cotta, white, or bright blue – I think the terra-cotta will blend in a little better in our backyard.

Upgrade No. 3:

As first-time home-owners, Dave and I aren’t used to having to buy the stuff people use to take care of their properties. “Date-night” has quickly become trips to Canadian Tire, garden centres or hardware stores – not that I mind at all, but it’s somewhat of a shock to the system when your previous home maintenance budget was $0. Nevertheless, when making our never-ending lists of things we need for our home, a lawn mower was near the top. We don’t really have a lot of grass, but we needed something cheap to deal with the little we had. After searching online and through the classifieds, I finally scored this hand-powered lawn mower for $30, which is currently selling in stores for over $150! Yes!!!

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Our lawn mower (and Winnie)

Isn’t she a beaut? I haven’t used her yet but I’m excited. I’m very happy that it doesn’t use gas or electricity – good exercise for me and much cheaper, too. I’m not that fond of mowing the lawn, anyways – the first time I used my parents self-propelled lawn mower to mow our small backyard lawn, it took me about 2 hours and my brother coming around back to realize how to use the self-propelled feature. This involved holding down a bar. Sigh. I *think* I can handle this one!

Upgrade No. 4: Didn’t happen 😦

We had planned to “upgrade our backyard view” by planting a cedar hedge this weekend. Unfortunately we ran out of time to get the cedars on Saturday. Hopefully next week will be the next step to a little more privacy!

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