I got a great tool bargain at Home depot. Rather than buying the drill and getting a free tool instead I bought the 18 volt drill + impact driver set for $99.00 and got the 10% vet discount! So the price was only $89.10 for both tools. I got a 5/8 in. sheet of plywood cut into 2×8 ft.sections for $25.00 and add in eight, 1×3 inch boards to start the basement shelf building project. At this time I’m working to re-enforce and add new shelves to an existing frame work hence the smaller dimensional lumber.
One thing I noticed today is the cashier at Home depot was sort of defensive or tried to explained that the 10% discount did not apply to all items. I’m a disabled vet and I love how some companies give a vet discount but no company is required to give a discount to vets. No cashier needs to be attacked if a vet discount is not applied. If you don’t like the policy, write a letter to corporate or rant on the internet but, leave the cashier alone.
Most or the replacement garden veggies were available for the replacement plants that did not do great from my starts. I bought some sweet corn, celery and sweet potatoes that Mom wants to try growing. No luck so far with finding tomitillo plants but I know from last year those plant start off slow and then explode with growth so I have not given up hope yet! The worst thing that can happen is that raised bed lies fallow and I build up the soil so it is not a bad situation.
This may sound a bit strange but I am more interested in learning how to grow a garden rather than what food a garden can produce. Many people that never had a garden think growing a good garden is easy. It is not easy at all and requires a lot of effort. For me any veggies I get is a bonus, my focus is on building up a sustainable garden out of my own resources. Learning to work with my land and then improve it as much as possible before the need to grow a garden is upon us.
It is very easy for a government to mandate everyone must grow a garden, (ala Venezuela) for food but we all know that just tossing out a few seeds and hope for the best is a terrible way to grow a good garden.
Thursday and Mom does not have a master gardeners BS class to go to so the plan of attack is trim up and perhaps cut down the dead cherry tree and finish up building the stuff needed for the properly built compost pile. My carpentry skills/knowledge are mediocre at best but I have built a few simple things and now I can build “larger” simple projects. I can’t say you can succeed on trying new project. I can guarantee if you never try doing anything new you will fail.