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Gardening after the virus 1

I’ve been sick. The covid-19 hit hard, but I refuse to let it fill an entire blog post, media is full of covid-19 content, so I’ll just stick to the plan I had with this blog and focus on the frugality – adding a prepper-like shine to it.

I wanted to have loads of flowers, and though I still do, I must admit, that Ive changed my perspective about it a bit. With the world going into a new depression after the virus and the different farm crisises all over the world, I’m worried about the food situation. Two months ago I grew food for fun, now it’s a matter of living and living well in a few months.

I wanted to focus on lettuce and spinach and other fast crops, but now I’ve exchanged seeds and I’m growing more beets, chard, beans of all sorts, more peas than planned, carrots, pumpkins, kale etc. I wanted to have rabbits for eating, but B said NO and didn’t seem interested in discussing the matter.

I’ve built a greenhouse from old plastic bags and twigs, and so far I only need it to stay whole for a month or so, and then the weather should be good enough.

Yup. It is ugly, but the fleece and the plastic (cut from the bottom of an old kids swimming pool) is there to protect from the cold during the night. It works SO well.

That’s it for now. More will come. Right now I need to go dig another bed and take away the grass and roots. It’s hard work, but I love the rewarding feeling I get when I see a new seed sprout and promise me a bit of food in the future.

Appearantly my car is silver grey.

Having a car comes with many expenses, so be sure you only buy “what you need”. When I bought my car, I was single and living with my son. Now I’m engaged to be married next summer, and besides my son T who is turning 19 this December, and not living at home, I’ve become a stepmom of two, so this blended family of 5 has a car with only four seats. But it’s a cheap car, and it has a pretty good mileage and except some weekends we are 2 adults and no kids, so a 5 seat car is really an unnecessary luxury.

Today we washed it, and we didn’t think it was really that much needed, but it was. I wanted to clean the inside due to the mud the kids smeared all around the inside, and so I could make car seat covers and so on, but then it kind of evolved from “just a quick clean up” to a “what the actual fuck”-experience both on the inside and outside.

Frugal Carwash:

You want to use a very soft brush and get some special auto shampoo.

Wet the car with a hose very lightly.

Put a few drops on the brush and begin the quest. Be sure you clean all the dirt off as little rocks and dirt may develop in to rust.

Take on section at a time so it doesn’t dry up.

Rinse and begin a new section. And remember! Never do this when the sun is shining as you will most definitely need too much water and get ugly streaks.

I have a garden hose with different settings. I used the “mist” for the initial wetting, “jet” for stains, and “cone” for rinsing off the soap. I thought I’d use too much water, but honestly I don’t think I had it running more than 5 minutes altogether on the different settings, and since I didn’t shower yesterday…I don’t feel too bad about it.

Oh yeah… and you want to wash it more often than we do. This was embarrassing. But I promised you honesty. So here it is

Our dog loves the car, so he enjoyed the front seat while I washed the car and B “cleaned” it on the inside.
I’m trying not to cry, because the mud won’t come off. But hey…I have some awesome bedsheets and a tarp, so I will do something with it…I just wish I would have done it sooner.

My top 5 money-saving food apps.

I don´t know how it is in your country, but here in Denmark almost all supermarkets have their own app, where you can find things on sale and so on. There´s also a few apps that manage food waste, apps where people who has gardens and an overflow put up fruits and vegetables. I will list the danish apps below ofcourse, but if you have an app YOU use and would recommend, let me know, and I´ll put it on my links page for other people to find as well – and yes, I´ll sort it by country and maybe even leave a little word/recommendation from you, if you wish.

But – as you know, I´m a dane, so heres a short list of my money-saving apps.

Lidl Plus – I like this because it´s the nearest shop, and because their coupons are actually giving a fair discount on specific products. We don´t have the coupon-system as the states, but in a Danish perspective, it´s pretty good. There´s also a bonus-ticker, but I haven´t spent enough money there to know what it is…or…yes I have, but I forget to scan my phone, and it´s a problem when B is shopping, because the app is personal. I´d like to have two or more persons added to one account.

Mad skal spises is an app, by Salling Group who has the supermarket chains Netto, Bilka and Føtex, but in this app, they invite everyone, shops or consumers to add different products that are maybe on the edge of “too old” and extremely cheap. I downloaded it a few weeks ago, and I´ve used it three times at least. If I need something specific, I go through the list and see if I can get it cheaper. I hope the other local supermarkets will use this soon.

Too good to go is where it´s impossible not to make a good deal. Supermarkets, bakers and restaurants list “bags” with food, that they sell for a lot less than the normal price. It´s important to act quick and look out for the time they list their bags, because sometimes, they´re sold – “just like that”. The other challenge is, that you don´t decide what goes in your bag. If you buy from a baker, you might end up with a lot of cakes and no bread – or the other way around. I bought a bag from a supermarket three days ago, hoping there would be a lot of vegetables, but I´m still baking banana-muffins and tomorrow I´m making plum-chutney. The roses are still pretty though 😛

E-tilbudsavis is amazing when you´ve gone through you fridge and freezer and made a food plan, and you know what you need. It´s an app where every shop or supermarket that usually sends paper-ads to fill your mailbox have digital versions of their “papers”. It´s possible to make shopping lists and share that between people you know, and it even has this little feature where it adds the price, so you know how much you´re spending BEFORE leaving home. That feature saved me a lot of money, to be honest, because I didn´t like the amount at the bottom, so I went through the list a few times and again re-thinking if I really needed stuff, just because it had glitter on it.

Vild mad is for when you are adventurous and wants to know if the plant you see, when you´re hiking, is safe to eat or not – or tasteful too ;-D I´ve used it a bit when walking the dog, especially this autumn with all the rain and moist that make mushrooms grow all over. It breaks down every now and then, and I wish I could use it without internet-connection, but…if you can live with that, it´s a fine thing, and it looks pretty awesome too.

So – that´s the first 5 apps that I use the most. Not every day, but at least once a week. I hope you will share your food-apps and share some tips with the rest of us in the comments.

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