Nicole Alderman wrote:
Rachel Dee wrote:
I found clothes pins with this guarantee- $20 for 10. Anything happens to it, you get a free replacement for life. I'll probably have to buy 50 of them. I'm looking at $100 of clothes pins, but this is for a lifetime of a sound-quality, no problem, can-hold-my-wet-wool-blankets-up-by-the-edge kind of clothes pins.
I also found lifetime guarantee socks. I must throw out 5-6 pairs of them a year because of holes. This company sells these at around $30 a pair. Anything happens to them, they stretch out too much, you get a replacement. Normally, we buy used military-surplus wool socks at $3-$5 a pair. I throw out $25-$30 worth of socks every year this way.
I found these socks and (I think) clothespins, too. The clothespins are on my birthday list and baby registry, in hopes that someone else will by them for me. But, the Darn Tough socks I bought are AMAZING! I, too, was burning through socks. I would get socks at Grocery Outlet and they'd have holes in a month (or less). I got Costco's wool socks, and they had holes in 3 months. I would try darning them, and they would just make new holes around the darns, and so I gave up darning them. I got Darn Tough socks almost a year ago, and none of them have any holes or thin spots, and I haven't even needed to return any of them! I cannot speak too highly of these socks. Also, it pays to check Amazon for these socks periodically. I got my son two pairs of Darn Tough socks at $7/pair, and paid the same amount for about seven pairs of socks for me. I haven't seen such a deal on Amazon since, and I wish I'd bought more socks for my son as they fit so well. But, I keep checking back in hopes that the prices will drop again!
On the topic of shoes and boots, it really pays to also check reviews on the shoes and remember what type of shoe they are. My husband went to our local Work & More store to buy work shoes. He ended up paying, I think, $150 for a pair of Merrel shoes...that wore out in less than a year because they were for running and were not waterproof and pretty much rotted. I guess people expect to buy a new pair of quality running shoes every few months (boggles my mind!). It really pays to think about what the purpose of the work shoe is, because it's price does not necessarily mean that it will last a long time or work well in your scenario!
Will Moraes wrote:That's really inspiring, Randie. Is your soil the east side clay or are you on the limestone shelf? Do all of the selected fruit trees tolerate cold? Did you source the trees locally or online? What sort of irrigation are you using for establishment and the brutal summer months?
I look forward to watching this grow.
Marco Banks wrote:Wow. You certainly wasted no time. Outstanding work.
Don't plant your trees too close, or you'll be bumming when it gets too crowded (speaking as someone who has had to cut stuff down because it was just too dense). Everything always grows so much bigger than we anticipate that it will.
It will be fun to watch the garden grow, even as your kiddos grow with it.