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Mowing My Weeds: Why Buy When You Can Borrow?
Posted By Beth Terry On February 25, 2009 @ 10:00 am In Acquire Secondhand,gardening supplies,Resources | 16 Comments
This was our postage stamp-sized front yard on Saturday. Michael and I thought it was pretty. But I was concerned that neighbors would report it as a hazard. The
flowers weeds were over a foot tall and harboring who knows what furry little beings. Something had to be done, and I was not ready to pull it up and start our veggie garden.
I decided to just mow the weeds and leave some green. But we don’t own a lawn mower. Remembering my success with the Craiglist crockpot , I once again subscribed to a Craislist search, this time for “push mower.” But after several weeks without success, I decided to just go ahead and buy a new one. Michael, bless his conscientiously frugal heart, talked me out of it. “Beth,” he said, “How often do we ever have to mow? You’re going to buy a mower for the one time a year when we actually have rain and the plants grow by themselves?”
He was right. Still, I didn’t want to pull up the weeds and leave a yard full of bare dirt to dry out and look like crap. And then I remembered my own post from October of 2007: Learning to Share (and Borrow) . I’d written all about tool lending libraries but had not as yet needed to use ours. This was a great opportunity!
Anyway, I wheeled the little push mower home (yes, I was on foot!) and mowed those weeds into submission — for free. In a week or so, I’ll pull some of them up and start a new veggie garden, hopefully sooner and with more success than last year’s . But like I whined in yesterday’s post , I’m not so very domestically-inclined. These projects are always a big deal for me and miraculous when they turn out right. So, we’ll see what happens.
For a comprehensive list of other alternatives for borrowing or buying secondhand, check out Green Bean’s recent post on The Green Phonebooth Blog . To her list, I would add tool libraries and car-sharing . (We belong to Zip Car .)
What are ways that you avoid buying new stuff?
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URLs in this post:
 Craiglist crockpot: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/02/what-crock/
 Learning to Share (and Borrow): http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/10/learning-to-share-and-borrow/
 Temescal Tool Library: http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/Branches/temtll.htm
 many tool libraries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tool-lending_libraries
 some of the offerings: http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/Branches/tll_toolsched.html
 last year’s: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/09/my-little-plastic-free-veggie-garden/
 yesterday’s post: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/02/fixing-my-fake-plastic-pillow/
 Green Bean’s recent post on The Green Phonebooth Blog: http://www.greenphonebooth.com/2009/02/conscious-consumption.html
 car-sharing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car-sharing
 Zip Car: http://www.zipcar.com
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