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Monthly Update: April - Lissa's Glade
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Monthly Update: April
After the Get Rich Slowly Garden Project, I've decided to keep track of how much I spend on my wee little apartment patio garden.

April was mostly spent upplanting seedlings into bigger containers as they outgrew the Chinese take-out trays.

(Does anyone want some Roma tomato seedlings? A spaghetti squash plant? jalapeno pepper seedlings? okra?)

Speaking of okra, I bought a packet of okra seeds on whim. I also (It was May, but if I wait, I'll forget) bought $3.23 of humus/manure mix. Sunday, I repotted my biggest tomato seedling into a homemade kitty-litter pail self-watering planter, and the biggest spaghetti squash seedling into the leftover kitty-litter pail.

Guesstimating $1 of electricity spent on my grow lamp for each month, $5.00 on spent on seeds and $11.23 on dirt, I've spent $18.23 so far and netted nothing but entertainment.

Edited to add: Yes. To be honest, I'm doing this for the good feelings it generates. Please don't read the above comment to think I'm disappointed in the lack of yield in my garden. I's the 6th of May! I don't expect there to be anything in my garden yet but the fun of digging in the dirt! But please note that this set of posts is about the financial costs and gains of the garden, not the spiritual and emotional well-being it generates in me. :-P

See also this post.

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eseme From: eseme Date: May 6th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
But entertainment is good!

And there will be food eventually. I liked seeing your setup. Very cool!
lissa_dora From: lissa_dora Date: May 6th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes To be honest, I'm doing this for the good feelings it generates. Please don't read the above comment to think I'm disappointed in the lack of yield in my garden. I's the 6th of May! I don't expect there to be anything in my garden yet but the fun of digging in the dirt! But please note that this set of posts is about the financial costs and gains of the garden, not the spiritual and emotional well-being it generates in me. :-P
eseme From: eseme Date: May 6th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
True. I understand the financial questions.

The baby plants were cute.
lissa_dora From: lissa_dora Date: May 6th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aren't they? I absolutely love them! I apologize if the earlier reply was a little snarkier than intended; I'm sick, and I got two responses to the post that were nearly identical and telling me something I already knew. :-)
eseme From: eseme Date: May 6th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's OK.

Little plants are so much cuter than big plants. I mean, big tomatoes try to fall over, swamp my cages, and generally make a mess. Little ones are precious...

Herbs manage to be cute all the time if you keep them in pots.
lissa_dora From: lissa_dora Date: May 7th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I dunno, our parsley & cilantro get pretty wild either way :-) But Basil and oregano can stay cute.

Then again, full-grown tomatoes are luscious...
prehensile777 From: prehensile777 Date: May 6th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Entertain = Priceless :D
lissa_dora From: lissa_dora Date: May 6th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes To be honest, I'm doing this for the good feelings it generates. Please don't read the above comment to think I'm disappointed in the lack of yield in my garden. I's the 6th of May! I don't expect there to be anything in my garden yet but the fun of digging in the dirt! But please note that this set of posts is about the financial costs and gains of the garden, not the spiritual and emotional well-being it generates in me. :-P
coriander From: coriander Date: May 6th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
This will be interesting to follow as the summer goes along!

alderfather From: alderfather Date: May 6th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Growing things is wonderful therapy. You come from a long line of farmers, builders, teachers and healers. It's in your blood.
lissa_dora From: lissa_dora Date: May 7th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Funny. I have loam in my veins. :-)

I love it. Never happier than when I'm all muddy.
alderfather From: alderfather Date: May 7th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
So you're a dirty girl?
lissa_dora From: lissa_dora Date: May 7th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Da-aaad!
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