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I find and break up pallets with a crowbar and make wooden planters.
I try and plant the last tomatoes or beans from stuff I buy.
Sometimes they grow, sometimes they don't
I get dirt and soil from local people who offer up containers of the stuff when they remodel their yard.
Sometimes I buy a bag of soil from the store as top dressing to mix with my home made compost made from leafs and food remains.
It's rough sometimes trying to move tons of the stuff with just a backpack and trashbags but I'm grateful I can have it for free.
I hope to get myself at least 1 free meal at some point from all this. Just being alive is getting expensive.
But, beyond that. It's a small bit of peace I get every day, tending to the "garden"

I recently got myself a small power drill to lighten up the work load.
I would do a lot by hand with a hammer, an old saw and my trusty crowbar and it was hard sometimes.

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I had tried to grow stuff on my small balcony before.
But I didn't have large enough planters or anything that really produced.
I started with a large round plastic planter and just dumped in random stuff.
I attempted to grow leek, tomato and bell peppers at first.
Once they started to grow a bit, I got invested.
I looked up how to get planters for cheap and found small guides on how to make them yourself from wooden pallets.
That's pretty cheap I would say.

I started with 2 small planters made from a wooden pallets I got from around the neighborhood. Barely a feet long and only a few inches deep.
It was not large enough and the plants slowly died due to being constrained and having no room to really grow.

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I started building larger ones and found a "Green Library" in the neighbourhood
There, I would leave and donate seedlings from my little garden.
The peppers, mint and tomatoes mostly.
The basic idea of the green library is to donate and adopt seedlings, pots or tools.
You leave a handfull of small plastic pots and take a handfull of seeds in return for example.
I would take a few small pots to plant things seperately and returned them a month or so later when I was done with them.
Sometimes people would leave random seeds and I would try to see what I would get.

Although, I ended up buying small packets of seeds myself. So far I've only taken some pumpkin & Strawberry seeds from the Library.
Now, I have a small garden with a quaint selection.
Tomatoes, Pumpkin, String Beans, Strawberries, Bell peppers, Hot peppers, Broccoli, Leeks, Onions, Carrots and Potatoes
I also started some herbs and such.
Mint, Celery, Garden cress, Lavas and Cat mint

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At the time of writing this, September is halfway through and some things I have been able to harvest.
While I've mostly been using the small herbs like the Celery, Cress and Lavas,
The Tomatoes have been steadily growing, same for the potatoes! I have some leeks that are faintly growing along side some Onions, too!
I have also been able to get a small harvest from the String beans.
The Broccoli has mostly been assaulted by bugs, I tossed some netting on it, but I fear I was too late. Perhaps a small handful of them will make it.
Sadly, the pumpkins seem to be a bit of a dud together with the peppers.
I'll try to keep some of them indoors during the colder weather, but I keep my hopes tempered.

I have also been rebuilding planters into larger ones or finding better wood to replace parts with.
While I've always been a bit of a "function over fashion" type of person. It's kinda motivating to see my shoddy carpentry improve ever so slightly.


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