One of the many good things about writing a blog is you get to read many other blogs as you network. Even when I don’t learn something new, some posts help me stick to my frugal ways. Barbara Friedberg wrote a post on how to negotiate for a better price and it popped in my mind when we went to the farmers market to buy some plants for our condo’s community garden and our balcony.
9 basil – $2.50 each or 3 for $5
1 hot chili – $5
1 Jasmine – $16
Total – $36
When I went to pay, I asked the seller if he could make us a deal and he gave me a $1 discount to $35 and threw in a couple of extra basil plants. OK, that’s not a big discount, but it was great anyway. Mrs. RB40 will probably make fresh pesto at least once a week all summer. If I just paid $36 like I usually do, I wouldn’t have received any discount. This goes to show – you should always ask for a discount! It’s easy and you never know what you can get. Next time I’ll have a better target price in mind before I start the negotiation. 😉
The rest of this post is inspired by 101 Centavos’ gardening posts. He always writes about his great garden so I thought I would share some pictures from our community garden.
We have a great community garden at the ground floor of our building. Quite a few people who had downsized from large properties missed gardening and playing in the dirt, so a few years ago, the residents voted to put in a community garden instead of the usual unsustainable, thirsty, decorative plants. Here are some sugar snap peas. I love these and will also be using the pea tips for stir fry dishes.
The chives have beautiful purple flowers. I think chives are great for beginner gardeners, they are so easy to grow and need minimal care. They are great on bagels with cream cheese and can be used instead of green onions in any recipe.
When we first moved in, we brought our rosemary from our old house and put it in a pot on the balcony, but it didn’t do too well there. We moved it down to the community garden and it is doing great now and even going over the wall. We also have fresh thyme, marjoram, sage, and oregano. Fresh herbs are great! I hate paying $2 or $3 for a few sprigs of herbs.
That’s it for now, the garden will fill in over the next few months and maybe we’ll have more pictures to share by August.
Here is a great picture of some beautiful peonies from the farmers market. We can’t buy any flowers though because the cats will wreak havoc on them. 🙁
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