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I'm adding an extra growing bed and a couple of growing towers to my backyard garden next year. Today, my wife reminded me why it's so important. Heck, I might even add two extra growing beds after what she just told me!
I'm almost afraid to admit this, but she was catching up on our 2010 expenses in preparation for filing our 2010 income taxes. It pained her to tell me, and it pains me to tell you, but apparently we spent $4,200 on eating out in restaurants last year! That figure is probably a little low, because I'm sure there are a few receipts I forgot to keep for our records. Ouch!
It would have been worse if we hadn't actually cut back this year. We need to cut back much more drastically in 2011.
Maybe I'll following in the footsteps of the Buster Brothers and grow food in buckets, grow bags, or something similar. They're pretty smart kids.
The commercial version of their growing bucket sells for $59 at my local hardware store and will support 4 cucumber plants. I figure 2 cucumber plants per bucket will save big bucks versus the commercial planter version. Both use "wicking" to water the plants. I like their collander version the best. It only uses 1 bucket instead of two.
And, if you really want to take this bucket system to the next level, take a look at Pete's Automatic Water Project. Pete's Project costs $66 to set up and then $6 for each bucket you want to add.