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I gave official notice, plus kitchen garden!

March 26th, 2013 at 10:02 am

So, I finally gave my official notice that I was quitting that high-stress low-pay freelance gig. I know it's the right thing to do, so why was it so hard?? I guess I'm conditioned not to give up money, even if it's small.

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I also paid $500 toward the mortgage, and my balance is now $66668.98. less than $10,000 to our paydown goal for the year. Ugh. I just want it all paid off!!!

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And, it's been so long since I've posted because I've been quite the busy bee in the garden. I've built 4 gigantic 10 ft wide, 8 ft-deep keyhole raised beds, plus two 8 ft by 3 ft raised beds in prep for planting my dream kitchen garden.


All of those beds, for lumber and supplies, cost me about $180. I also made two small round beds for $8 each from salvaged basement metal window well walls from the Habitat for Humanity thrift shop. There is still much much much more work to be done before last frost hits May 15, and planting begins, but at least some of the heavy lifting is done!

6 Responses to “I gave official notice, plus kitchen garden!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Good job doing what you needed to do for you!! I wonder if this might open up room for another better paying gig. I hope so. Smile

  2. snafu Says:

    Oh, I'm so looking forward to learning about your raised garden, I hope you'll walk us through your experience, how you chose particular vegetables and their care - time - effort.

    High stress - low pay is best left in the past.

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I think the work stuff will literally --work itself out, for lack of better terms. It'll be okay. Just another transition.

    And snafu, I could talk about gardens all day. ALL day. I'm trying to produce as much of our own produce as possible. I choose items with an eye on preserving, as well as fresh eating.

    We grow a lot of roma tomatoes, which we make into canned diced tomatoes, pasta sauce and pizza sauce. If I've had a good year, I won't need to buy a processed tomato all year long. We also do a lot of slim red cayenne peppers, which we dry and hubby uses on food all year long.

    This year, we're trying out an Aswad eggplant (an heirloom from Iraq), 10 heirloom hot and sweet peppers, tomatoes, carrots and beets, three heirloom lettuces, planting 75 strawberry plants (early to late season, for contnuous harvest), and establishing raspberry and asparagus patches. This is the foundation year, lots of new beds, new perennials to get rooted in, etc.

  4. patientsaver.com Says:

    I'm very envious.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I like your new garden design. How big are the keyholes? I've seen ones where people did not leave enough space to comfortably sit and weed. I've always left extra room when I built raised beds, because the first year I didn't leave quite enough. The garden books are always wrong about how much space to leave to be truly comfy and stretch out your legs if you need to.

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    The U-shaped beds are 10 feet wide at the back, 8 feet long on the sides. The U is about 2 feet wide, but 4 feet deep, so it will be easy to access and I designed them so that we can reach in from just about every angle to get what we need. I've stood in them and so far it seems it will work. This year will be the test, though!

    I didn't want to do plan old rectangular beds because I wanted to create a traditional kitchen garden space, that was also decorative and like a "room" inside. Something more interesting than plain old rows. This is year one, so it remains to be seen how it will all play out!

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