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Frugal: (my definition):  

  1. people who want a good deal
  2. opposed to wasting money or paying more than required.

Fellow.  Webster definitions:

  1. a member of a group of people who have shared interests, activities, etc
  2. an equal in rank, power, or character : peer
  3. a member of a group having common characteristics; specifically :  a member of an incorporated literary or scientific society.

Group Mission: I was asked to create a more permanent place where members could post links or information about great deals.  The group name was also suggested to me but I was delighted by the dictionary definitions of the word "fellow."

Please do not advertise your own goods here.  Members may only advertise other members' goods if they can demonstrate it is a genuinely frugal offer. 

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Looking for established fruit trees, economically.

Started by Becky. Last reply by Becky Jul 21, 2019. 4 Replies

Hi All,Due to my husband's health and disability (he was the green thumb in the family), we have moved back to our humble home with a barren lawn and would like to reestablish an edible garden.  We…Continue

Buy Better with Barter

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Feb 20, 2016. 4 Replies

A place for Barter posts, great and small. If you have a particular thing that you wish to barter, please do a post under "Buy sell swap" for that item.  That will work better for you.  Continue

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Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Feb 9, 2016. 3 Replies

I have used spent Coffee Grounds on my Vegetable Garden and Potted Fruit Trees for some time now and have found the practice to be very successful. They are also most beneficial to add to the compost…Continue

Tags: Potted, Fruit, Trees, Garden, Vegetable

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 28, 2016 at 21:41

and it looks good Lissa!

Comment by Lissa on March 28, 2016 at 6:24

I always re-purpose the wonderfully strong coloured string that comes on the lucerne bales. The jute string has proven to be short lived and breaking to bits after just one season of use, so the bale string is very welcomed.

Comment by Mark Braz on March 26, 2016 at 15:57

Free water from the air

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Comment by Sophie on March 24, 2016 at 7:57
I might have some foodgrade sealent leftover from renos, could use against the rust. But perhaps those plastic drums, such as the ones Christa has cut in half for the potential low climber? I would really love some old wooden wine barrels ( for function and aesthetics) but it looks like this is no frugal feat - most repurposed barrels are about $ 250+ now... Unless someone knows someone? The steel drums could be used as hot compost bins?
Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 24, 2016 at 4:04

Is the drum going to rust, or are you going to have to paint it with something to stop this happening. I have heard of people using the drums with the base cut out to grow Potatoes but not to use for growing something more permanent like Fruit Trees.

This would be a Fantastic "Frugal" idea if they wouldn't rust, as I am pretty sure after the initial couple of waterings, they would stay pretty damp if the mix is right. I think an old farmer would be able to tell you how long one of these will last.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 23, 2016 at 23:57

Hang on.  Let's not get ahead of ourselves.  

A 200L drum is quite useful.  Include some perlite and coconut coir in the soil mix and have a go at one.  Mulch well and see what happens.  

Seriously, don't over think it too much Sophie.  Increase the moisture retention with additives and watch it.  When dry, water.  The hardest part is getting by with the young plant because you'll water more often.  

Comment by Sophie on March 23, 2016 at 16:01

Thanks Elaine, yes I was thinking wicking style. Though sounds like they might be too much of a hassle, unless maybe a hessian sack? Apparently full size citrus (ie not dwarf) can grow happily in 250L pot so was thinking along those lines but don't want them to fry and like you say, should really be in the sun. Will have to think of something else... Frugal ideas, folks?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 23, 2016 at 15:06

They will heat up. Either put them so they are in shade although not much good for fruit trees. Or cover them with heavy shadecloth. Or put styrene inside as insulation. Are you going to cut them in half? Stood on end a 44 gal/200L drum will be too deep for most fruit trees except for Moringa or Avocado. Make a wicking bed while you're at it.

Comment by Sophie on March 23, 2016 at 14:20

Thinking frugally, would freebie 44-55 gallon steel drums be good homes for fruit trees such as citrus or pomegranate or would they heat up too much. Even if painted white?

Comment by Mark Braz on March 5, 2016 at 14:04

Citrus feed

For a quick nutrient fix
To four and a half litres (4.5L) of water add:

  • 3 tablespoons of seaweed concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon of trace elements
  • 2 teaspoons of iron chelates

Mix it all well and water it in around the roots


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