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Recruiting a husband’s help is easier in January

By Penny Stine

This is garden planning time, and one of the areas that I need help is with building the garden accessories, like the trellis for the pole beans, the planter boxes for sunny spots and a better compost bin. I know, I could order all that stuff, but what’s the point in saving money with a garden if you spend a boatload on buying “stuff” for your garden?

Especially when I’m convinced that my husband could build all that stuff and save us money…


Luckily, during one of my many interviews last summer, we wandered off the subject and started chatting about gardens. I was invited to view my interviewee’s garden, which was truly fab. I also took a photo of the compost bin her husband built, since it looked simple, yet oh-so-effective.


I recently e-mailed the pic to my amazing hubby and asked him if he could build something like it for my new garden area. He said sure. Is he amazing or what?

Of course, he's agreeing to build it in January, when the garden still has snow covering half of it and it's too cold for golf and motorcycles. But I'm confident that if he thinks about it enough now, it'll be a piece of cake once the snow is gone. Maybe the trick is to build it in February, before it warms up enough to play golf or hop on the bike. 

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