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Having a full garden for FREE without doing the work

It’s no secret, I have a black thumb. Well, perhaps a brown thumb as less plants are dying on me in the past few years.

I have always been a huge fan of having a garden with flowers, veggies and of course fruit. We had a garden one year which was very successful and I produced a lot of canned goods that year.

That was the only year we had a garden in 6 years of owning the house.

Usually I read up on it and get pretty gung-ho early on in the process. After the initial part of planting the seeds indoors is done, that’s when I check-out and become disinterested. It has even happened that I had a bunch of seedlings that were actually never planted. I know, what a sin!

Every year, my partner and I say things like this: “Ok, this year we are definitely doing it, no backing out!!” Guess what happens? It doesn’t. It never does. Apart from the returning strawberries and raspberries, we don’t have anything to harvest.

Determined to have a full garden this year, I decided to place an ad on kijiji to find someone (or a few people) who is an avid gardener but doesn’t have a garden. There are plenty around where I live.

I got a response the same day I posted the ad from a woman who belongs to a group with ecocolgists and gardening enthusiasts!

So I now have some people who are going to turn my garden ito an oasis for FREE because they love doing it. And in exchange I will share all the produce and flowers with them and also supply the seedlings.

How amazing is that? Now I will have a lovely full garden and won’t have to pay anyone to do it nor do I have to do it myself.

Who says you have to do everything yourself? Or pay someone to do things?

Try bartering! Everyone wins :)

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2 Responses to Having a full garden for FREE without doing the work

  1. OMG WIN! :)

  2. What a great idea! My thumb has been getting less brown and more green :) The last couple of years we’ve had a small garden, and my husband just finished building another raised bed (I prefer raised beds as I have a bum knee and it hurts to kneel on it). So hopefully, we’ll have 3 garden beds this year :) I already have broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and celery plants sprouting, and as soon as the rain stops we’ll be planting out a bunch of seeds directly.
    But to have all of this done by other people? And all it would cost would be the price of the seeds and some of the resulting produce? Nice score!!!

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