Ok, a little caveat before I begin.... I am going to yell, I am going to scream, and I am probably going to swear. You've been warned.
So this weekend is Cleveland's official last frost date and I am preparing to put my plants in the ground (the ones I lovingly grew from seed in organic seed starting mix on a seed shelf with lights that I built.) I go out side to begin tilling. My tiller is battery powered (Stupid) and I can only till ONE HALF of a bed at a time until the battery dies. I get my one half tilled and amended with soil that I purchased because my compost isn't ready.
I plug the battery back in and head to Home Depot to purchase more fencing materials to keep out the Bastard Groundhogs. I am looking around at prices, and I think to myself damn, 30 of these poles is going to cost me $100. Plus the compost and poo-in-a-bag that I need to purchase to amend the rest of the beds. Add in another $15.
Did I mention that we are fighting ants this year? All of a sudden, out of nowhere, we have these tiny little black ants. I don't get it. I have a clean house. Like, a really clean house. People who don't know we have 3 cats always say, but your house is so clean! Im like, yeah, I know, I'm weird. So why the hell do we have ants?!?! I purchase a bottle of bug pray for the house, $11.
I am idiot because this year I am keeping track of all my expenses for the garden and chickens, and would you like to know the grand total?!?! $673.93
I know I cannot be the only out there who is going, seriously?! Nearly 3/4 of 1000 dollars? Are you kidding me? Before the tomatoes have even gone in the ground?! You've got to be fricking joking.
Would you like to know the cost to join a seriously awesome CSA for the entire season??? $550. That's it. Less than I have spent on my garden before my plants have even seen a whole week of real sunlight.
So obviously, I am having one of those "What the hell am I doing?!" days. What is the point of spending all this money on groundhog defense, chicken prisons, bug sprays, grass seed, chicken feed, vegetable seeds, soil amendments, etc??? Am I seriously pretending I am actually making a difference by growing only a fraction of our food while still supporting the Big Man by making all of those supporting purchases at big box stores? Doesn't it all seem rather stupid?
For all of the money I have spent on making a garden, I could have a super awesome privacy fence so I don't have to see my neighbor's nasty weeds, and I could have a place for the chickens to roam and eat grass and not be in a prison. And I could still get locally grown produce and dairy from people who know what they are doing.
So, what is the point of all of this? Seriously....
AND I must have had all of this written on my face as I
was pacing the store thinking "am I nuts?!" because every single store employee
asked me if I was ok... Uh, I guess I am ok... Just having a reality
So other than the ants and the Bastard Groundhog, we also have bees and mice in our garage... Both of which I am NOT excited about...
And look, if you are going to leave nasty comments and kick me while I'm down, I just won't publish them. I am only looking for words of encouragement here folks....