RE: 33hrs till i can buy food
I sold plasma when I was young and poor. They pay good money, you can donate 2x per week. I also did some paintwork, and mowed the lawns of the older neighbors.
Best of luck... I know that feeling.
If you have any sunny space at all to grow some vegetables-- in windowboxes, or pots, on the porch-- do it!
Seeds are cheap, and the veggies will sustain you.
For years, before I bought my house, I grew container gardens on my 6′(south side) by 16-foot (west side) apartment balcony. I was lucky to have a South and West exposure.
For Pole Beans, I took a 6-inch x 3-foot self-watering window box, I planted two beans every three inches for a total of 18 bean plants. I stapled twine to the deck every three inches, and ran it up to the wooden overhead, and fixed it there. I placed the window box in front of it, and the beans did all the rest. I did the same thing for cucumbers right next to the Beans. One plant every six inches. They grew and produced like crazy, and made a wonderful, living, privacy screen. Three feet above the boxes, on the metal railing, I had two window boxes straddling the rail, filled with greens, onions, herbs, radishes and beets. A little of this and that.
Along the long south railing, I had the high window boxes, and all of my tomatoes– three Romas, two Big Boys, a “Mortgage Lifter,” and a Cherry Tomato. All trained up the strings, and ~2-feet apart. Again, perfect screen. I rotated mini crops through the window-boxes just like a farmer with a big field. I would seed in only half a box with Radishes, say, and then the other half two weeks later, so I always had a couple of Radishes to pull for a salad or a fresh bruscetta.
My last Winter/Spring at that apartment, I hung the “bean and cuke” window boxes on the railings a foot below the others on the South side. I used coat hangers to make little rib hoops, and put some clear visqueen over the hoops, and Gaffer’s taped it to the sides of the boxes. I grew all the salad greens and onions and radishes that I needed in those tiny little greenhouses. When we had very cold, or long cold snaps, I had to bring in those six boxes, by by George, they produced a surprising lot of veggies and herbs.
For just me, I always had something to eat out there. Friends and neighbors always gave me compliments as to how it looked. For watering, I ultimately ended up getting a Rubbermade container, a twice a day lighting timer, and a submersible fountain pump, and by using various sized hosing bits, and some reducers, I made a watering system that watered the plants twice a day, and all I had to do was fill up the container twice a week (three times during the hot of Summer). Regular 1/4″ hosing connected to 1/4″ soaker hose at the window boxes, and to regular 1/4″ hosing between containers. You can make Organic fertilizer teas, and put them right into the container with the pump, and easily feed your plants.
It didn’t end my need to go to the produce section, but, it sure cut down my food bills– enough to help me save the down payment for the house and land.
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