Sunday, August 15, 2010

Thrifty Gardening: Free seeds and fertiliser

Continuing with the sustainable and thrifty living concept, I've set myself a challenge to establish a garden at our new place without spending any money if possible.

We brought with us our collection of seeds and tools, so that's our starting point. The things we had to leave behind included our fertilisers and pots.

So I've been looking out for possible freecycling options to replenish our stocks. I saw an ad on Gumtree from someone giving away a box of fertiliser and assorted seeds. I replied and on Monday popped into town on my way back from a meeting to pick it up. Talk about a good haul of freebies! I'm so glad I brought my fold-up trolley otherwise I would have really been stuffed trying to get it home on the tram.

Check this out:

The fertiliser etc.. includes:
  • Richgro Premium complete fertiliser plus 5kg bag
  • Naked Farmer Organic Soil Activator sample pack
  • Hortico All purpose compound fertiliser 500g tub (open)
  • Brunnings Tomato & Vegetable Starter fertiliser 1kg tub
  • Jiffy small peat pellets 12
  • Water storage crystals 250g far (1/2 full)
  • Miracle Gro Seafeed 3 in 1 250ml
  • Charlie Carp 500ml
  • Yates Thrive Shake 'n' Feed 700g (1/2 full)
  • Garden ties 15
  • Brunnings Rose Planting Mix coir block (open)
  • Seasol 20ml sachet
  • Eco-cweed 5g sachet
  • Rainsaver crystals 10g sachet
  • Searles Penetraide re-wetting granules 2 x 40g sachets
  • Searles Flourish soluble plant food 3 x 20g sachets
The assorted seeds includes:
  • Cucumber Lebanese (open)
  • Snapdragon
  • Tomato Roma (open)
  • Dwarf snapbean (open)
  • Sunflower
  • Pak Choi (open)
  • Broccoli Royal Dame (open)
  • Beetroot Perfect (open)
  • Spinach Emerald Star (open)
  • Squash Gem
  • Lucerne (open)
  • Eggplant Listada di Gandia
  • Peanut Virginia
  • Okra x 2 (open)
  • Miscellaneous bag that appears to have a mix of coriander, pumpkin and possibly spring onion)
Not bad for free, eh?


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