Last year’s table-top design. This year we’re going with several raised bed boxes.
This week I took a look at the 10-day forecast and it revealed temperatures hovering in the mid-sixties for highs, and lows safely above freezing. That means it’s time to start thinking about gardening! Last year we gave square foot gardening a try, and enjoyed some limited success. This year we we plan to expand our plans from a simple tabletop design to a few raised beds directly on the ground.
So over the next couple weekends I’ll be building the 2×4 boxes, preparing the soil, and coming up with a way to keep our dog from trampling the garden (this might prove to be the hardest part!). We’ve already picked up our seed packs and look forward to a summer crop of cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, peas, carrots, strawberries, and a variety of peppers for homemade salsa. I’ll keep you posted!
15 Graceful Ways to Say “No.” My first year of blogging I said yes to everything – every deal, every freelance opportunity, and ever PR pitch asking for a mention. I did it in the interest of growing the blog, but quickly found out it is impossible to say yes to everyone, so I’ve become a bit more discriminating to protect my own schedule.
Cheap Meals and Easy Dinner Ideas: Recession Dining For Under $10. My favorite part of this post was the “Meals from the Depression” cooking YouTube video with Clara, a 91 year-old grandmother who cooks recipes right in her kitchen. Cool stuff!
Mortgage Rates Are Low, But It May Still Cost You. A good reminder that while rates are hovering near historic lows, there are still plenty of fees to contend with when navigating a new mortgage.
Job Search – FInd a Freelance Job. Nice rundown of the places to land a side hustle; something more and more of us may be looking for as traditional employment continues to dry up in many major markets.
Save Money on Hotels. Planning a spring break getaway soon? Here’s a collection of tips to save money on your next hotel stay. We are not planning an extended trip any time soon, but do plan to squeeze in a long weekend with a short hotel stay somewhere in the mountains this spring.
The Pursuit of Wealth For The Sake of Others. One of my motivators to building wealth is that I can give some of it away. Admittedly, I would also like to help family first, but if I can accumulate enough I have a long list of “Secret Santa” missions I’d like to participate in!
Should We Downsize? We recently addressed this same question in a review of our 2009 goals (one of which was to downsize our house). In the end, we decided to stay put for now, but it remains a long-term goal for us to reduce our mortgage, our utilities, and our stuff.
- Bargain Babe is giving away two chances at winning a $25 Starbucks gift card just for signing up to her new blog, BargainBabe.com. I’ve followed Julia since her times at the L.A. Daily News, and have found her new blog worth subscribing to, with or without the Starbucks card!
- Chasing Dollars Instead of Passion (video). So many of us have this backwards, and once you’re headed in that direction, it is hard to turn things around. Are you chasing your passion?