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My Beanie Babies

by Nikki Willhite 

bush beansI love to garden, and it saves money.  What I don't love is digging up compacted soil, removing rocks, using a rototiller each year, bending over and weeding, slugs, and just plain getting dirty. However, there is a simple living way to garden.  It is called container gardening.

Gardening containers come in all sizes, and you can repurpose and use many household items in the garden at minimal cost.  I think everyone has seen people putting old toilets in their yard, filling them with soil, and using them as garden pots.

That is extreme, and you won't be finding plumbing fixtures anywhere in my yard.  What I do like is all the attractive lightweight containers sold for gardening. They are easy to carry and to move around.  Fill them up with soil once, and you are set.  No one is going to be walk in your container compressing the soil.  They are easy to plant and easy to weed.

Their portability is also helpful when you have problems with sun exposure.  Our house is placed on a diagonal to north and south, and we have large trees behind our home.  In order to maximize the sun received by our containers, we are able to move them around as the sun moves during the growing season.

We live in an established neighborhood that has a lot of elderly people.  Gardening is on of America's favorite hobbies.  The yards in our neighborhood are filled with dozens of containers growing flowers, fruits and vegetables.  It is not unusual to see dozens of containers in just one yard.  We all have tall trees in our backyards, which is why so much gardening is done in the front of our houses.

The picture above, from my back deck,  shows just how easy and attractive it is to grow a simple bush bean plant in a container.  As you can see, the plant itself is very attractive.  It has a great shape, and lovely large leaves.

More importantly, it grows a large amount of green beans with a flavor that cannot compare to anything frozen or from a can.

If you want to make gardening part of your life, think about the benefits of simple living gardening.  It is fun, healthy, and gets you your daily dose of sun.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!



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