Our trip to the dump

Safety inspection – $5
Past due registration – $40
Starting up a new insurance policy – $100
A truckload of … dirt? – $30

Family trip to the dump to get compost for my vegetable gardens – PRICELESS


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A BIG pile of … dirt

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Gotta love a beater truck that’s not afraid to get dirty (my husband loves classic cars)

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Hubby forgot his gloves … I’ll let you chew on that thought for a bit

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The kids thought it was a grand adventure!


And my gardens are beeeeeautiful!!!!!!


And now if the weather would just cooperate I could actually start getting something DONE in my beautifully filled garden beds. If you need help with your vegetable gardens this year check out my cousin Emily’s eBooks and website on Square Foot Gardening. Tons of great info that I use all the time!

  • Brittany

    So question.. is it a normal thing to be able to get compost from the dump? Or is this something that only your local one does?

  • JRHARTSHORNE

    Hi Jodi, I would like to share a few helping hints on your new raised bed compost garden.. When my Dad first came home with those rail road tie i knew something was up, I can tell from the heart getting your compost by the truck load gave a year or two head start and allot less labor. Now if you have nabors like we had in Tulsa you can watch them feed their lawns spring till fall with the best and cut the grass. Then they just bagged it for trash, What a waste. My Dad and i would go down the street and collect those big black bags gold and what wasn't used as mulch was left in the bag to decompose.Dad did build a rolling composter from plans out of Mother Earth News Magazine and that was a big bonus. I hope you see what I'm hinting at is all those nutrients in the grass clippings added a boost to our garden .We once had 5 to7 foot tall dwarf okra no kidding .
    You'll be amazed at all your new garden will give and please remember the Red wigglers the more the better. I hope this maybe helps your garden and may others. Hopefully Helpful, JR

  • JRHARTSHORNE

    Hi Jodi, I would like to share a few helping hints on your new raised bed compost garden.. When my Dad first came home with those rail road tie i knew something was up, I can tell from the heart getting your compost by the truck load gave a year or two head start and allot less labor. Now if you have nabors like we had in Tulsa you can watch them feed their lawns spring till fall with the best and cut the grass. Then they just bagged it for trash, What a waste. My Dad and i would go down the street and collect those big black bags gold and what wasn’t used as mulch was left in the bag to decompose.Dad did build a rolling composter from plans out of Mother Earth News Magazine and that was a big bonus. I hope you see what I’m hinting at is all those nutrients in the grass clippings added a boost to our garden .We once had 5 to7 foot tall dwarf okra no kidding .
    You’ll be amazed at all your new garden will give and please remember the Red wigglers the more the better. I hope this maybe helps your garden and may others. Hopefully Helpful, JR

  • JRHARTSHORNE

    Hi Jodi, I would like to share a few helping hints on your new raised bed compost garden.. When my Dad first came home with those rail road tie i knew something was up, I can tell from the heart getting your compost by the truck load gave a year or two head start and allot less labor. Now if you have nabors like we had in Tulsa you can watch them feed their lawns spring till fall with the best and cut the grass. Then they just bagged it for trash, What a waste. My Dad and i would go down the street and collect those big black bags gold and what wasn't used as mulch was left in the bag to decompose.Dad did build a rolling composter from plans out of Mother Earth News Magazine and that was a big bonus. I hope you see what I'm hinting at is all those nutrients in the grass clippings added a boost to our garden .We once had 5 to7 foot tall dwarf okra no kidding .
    You'll be amazed at all your new garden will give and please remember the Red wigglers the more the better. I hope this maybe helps your garden and may others. Hopefully Helpful, JR

  • Jennifer

    I, too, would love to know how you built your square foot garden boxes or where you bought them. They look beautiful.

  • Jennifer

    I, too, would love to know how you built your square foot garden boxes or where you bought them. They look beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    We put “dirt” in our garden awhile ago. Now if it would just stop snowing and raining, we could actually plant something in it. Hopefully before June! πŸ˜‰

  • craftymomcooks

    We put “dirt” in our garden awhile ago. Now if it would just stop snowing and raining, we could actually plant something in it. Hopefully before June! πŸ˜‰

  • Directions and a material list would be awesome, thank you!!

  • Directions and a material list would be awesome, thank you!!

  • Directions and a material list would be awesome, thank you!!

  • I could see if my husband would write up instructions on how he built my boxes. I don't need any more done so we wouldn't really be able to do a full photo/video tutorial.

  • I could see if my husband would write up instructions on how he built my boxes. I don't need any more done so we wouldn't really be able to do a full photo/video tutorial.

  • Emily

    Hi Jodi and Julie! I am really enjoying your blog. I am just getting started on our food storage – I hadn’t even heard of the concept six months ago – and this is all really helpful.

    We are going to try square foot gardening after years of gardening the old fashioned way. I love the boxes your raised beds are in. Could you tell me where you bought them? Thank you!

  • thanks for the link to Emily's blog that thing is awesome so much information (I like your too :>)

  • thanks for the link to Emily's blog that thing is awesome so much information (I like your too :>)

  • We get paint from the reuse shed at the dump. They have great stuff in there!

  • We get paint from the reuse shed at the dump. They have great stuff in there!

  • If you cannot afford garden seeds, but want to start a garden contact the Dinner Garden on Facebook. They send out seeds to communities, churches and individuals to help people feed themselves!

  • If you cannot afford garden seeds, but want to start a garden contact the Dinner Garden on Facebook. They send out seeds to communities, churches and individuals to help people feed themselves!

  • What are the materials you used for the beds? I would love to make something like that, can you post a tutorial?

  • What are the materials you used for the beds? I would love to make something like that, can you post a tutorial?

  • What are the materials you used for the beds? I would love to make something like that, can you post a tutorial?

  • Priceless?

  • Priceless?

  • Emily

    Hi Jodi and Julie! I am really enjoying your blog. I am just getting started on our food storage – I hadn't even heard of the concept six months ago – and this is all really helpful.

    We are going to try square foot gardening after years of gardening the old fashioned way. I love the boxes your raised beds are in. Could you tell me where you bought them? Thank you!