Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Using the donated funds to buy fresh food right now is very tempting but I will have so much more if I create a backyard garden. My garden budget is $200 total. Twenty five of it is a Kroger gift card. Gift cards don’t have to be spent on food alone. I’m hoping to stay way under budget by using my imagination along with all the suggestions offered by readers. We’ve had so much rain the Ohio River is rising to flood stage again. Well I had a few minutes between the rains yesterday to create a couple of videos of my backyard. Please don’t judge them too harshly. I’m still learning.
Over the years I’ve had a few backyard garden plants. Nothing really elaborate. Just the basic ones everyone can grow. Tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and so forth. I know the basics but that doesn’t mean I’m physically able to do the work to set up a garden. Last year I paid a guy a hundred fifty dollars to make one 4′ X 8′ concrete block raised bed but he took the money to buy supplies and never came back. My fault. I should have known better. This time I will to do the planning and have little hands help with the work if necessary. Grandkids are always willing to help in exchange for cookies. 🙂
When I had talked to someone a few days ago about the yard crashers show I became curious about how homes get picked. My curiosity is always working overtime. I don’t know why I thought of the yard crashers. I don’t have cable so I don’t have HGTV. I wondered if the show was still active and how homes got picked. So I went to the HGTV website to find out. The show host visits various Lowes stores around the country to find a likely candidate for a free yard makeover. He randomly walks up to people to ask if he can help them with their yard work. Most just say no and walk away. Chosen people had to have a photo of their back yard for him to look at while at the Lowes store. If they didn’t have a photo he could look it up on google earth. That’s when I started laughing. You see its like this. I don’t have a cell phone and I don’t carry photos of my backyard with me. I doubt he’d want to look at my blog. The only view of my back yard on google earth is the top of a warehouse and tops of the trees back there. The yard isn’t visible. The street view only shows the front of the house.
Of course I know I’d never get picked but I thought maybe I could find the website section to ask garden questions and get answers. Well duh! It seems that even asking questions on their website I don’t qualify. I’ll explain why I am certain I would never be picked in a minute. This what I tried to leave as a comment hoping to get a reply.
I would have absolutely no chance of getting picked for the show but I would love to get some simple advice about creating a backyard garden. How would I create an old lady friendly, kitchen garden, next to a giant three story warehouse, under large trees, that would somehow get enough sunlight to grow. Oh, and also how to keep a groundhog from eating it all before the old lady got any of it. So please tell me where is your question and answer section on this site?
That’s when I found out I can’t ask questions or leave comments on the site. They require a Facebook account in order to ask a garden question. That’s my luck. I don’t use Facebook. Never wanted to use Facebook. Don’t like Facebook. With all the problems they’ve been having I’m glad I’m not a Facebook member. Actually people find out that the yard crasher crew is in town by being Facebook members. People tell other people on facebook and they rush to the Lowes store begging to get free landscaping. You see, that’s one very good reason I’d never get picked for a yard makeover. It would have to be plain old blind luck that I’d even be in the right store, on the right day, at the right time, when the film crew was there. I assure you I’m not at all that lucky. No way would I want to be begging either. I have my pride.
Hmm, come to think of it I already have a great source of garden experts. My readers. Thank you so much to those who have offered suggestions for my backyard garden adventure. I’ve got a few new ideas. I have a budget to work with. I’m excited and anxious to get started. I know I can do this! I believe in me!
In the first video I didn’t say anything and then realized I should have. I keep forgetting that this camera has a built in microphone but I also hate the sound of my own voice. When I said “mess” I over emphasized it. I don’t know how to do video editing yet so I couldn’t take it out. This camera is old but it still works. The picture quality is much better when I remember to charge the batteries first.