Waste not Want not

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That is something my Italian grandmother used to always say.  I heard it so many times it is a continual thought in my mind.  About 6 years ago a friend of ours was getting rid of his wicker furniture for a new set.  It was heavy duty and solid.  However it was badly faded.  Grandma’s words echoed through my head and I spoke up “if you decide to get rid of it, let us know”.  We got it a few days later.

I bought a spray paint for wicker furniture ($4.99 USD) that was very close in color to the original.  We then spray painted each piece and picked up some cushions from a great store by us (Pier One).  We have used it on our deck for the past 6 years.  I have touched it up every year and it’s perfect.  Waste not Want not!!

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touched up and drying

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Table before touch up

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After touch up and set up for the summer

Preparing the Gardens

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Chance getting another load of mulch

I like to use recycled newspapers for weed control in my garden.  It breaks down nicely and is easy to rip through to plant your plants in the soil.  My family has done this for generations.  There are always some who immediately say “well aren’t you poisoning yourself with the ink?”.  Years ago yes toxins were in printing ink. Now they are made with iron oxides and non toxic pigments.  Don’t believe me??  Do the research ( http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/chicago_gardener/2007/07/using-newspaper.html )  This is a great article to read to further prove my point.
While spreading the newspaper we then drop mulch (free from our town as they are always looking for people to take the branches they mulch after winter).  The mulch is all different types of wood and helps keep the moisture in the garden.  This is my secret for weed control.  I would much rather sit on the deck having a fresh lemonade and watch my vegetables grow rather than spend hours weeding.  This is not to say some weeding is not needed but definitely not the all day project it would be without the newspaper.

 

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It’s a 3 person job but worth it

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Dad helping spread the mulch

Today is a beautiful day finally and now that the garden is covered we will let it sit for a day and tomorrow I will start the seed planting in the garden.  Eventually our started plants will be put in there as well.  Bring on the summer 🙂