Tomorrow is my birthday, which means an influx of money to add to my Me Savings. I have spent the last several months, (however long it takes to get to $700 at $50 every 2 weeks), saving all of my spending money, plus $200 from Christmas, to have a grand total of $900 saved there. I will get $200 from DH and somewhere between $100 and $200 from MIL for my birthday. I think it is $150, but I am not sure. So together, at least $300. That puts me at $1200. I still have $360 in the garden envelope, which was all money I saved from my spending money last year as well. So that gives me $1560 total.
So I am looking at three different sets of Birdies garden beds to go with the ones I bought last year, but never had a chance to put up because DH hurt his leg. Option one is I am debating buying 3 long beds, which would finish out a row and give me another row, creating a total of 3 rows with the beds that have not been assembled. That would cost me $979.17 including tax, unless our sales tax went up this year. No shipping.
The second option would to be to buy one long bed to finish the second row when assembled with the other three long beds. And then to buy 5 round beds in which to make another row and add some gemetrical interest to the garden. Because there hasn't been any yet. It would take away garden space, but it would also give me a place to plant invasive plants, like mints and bee balm, which go on runners and take over everything. Also, mix in some flowers that otherwise take over four feet of the herb bed, like calendula. That option would cost $1251.14 with tax.
Option three would be to buy 1 long bin, 2 shorter fatter bins, and 3 round bins. That way I could finish row 2 of the Birdies bins and then row 3 could go round bin, short bin, round bin, short bin, round bin. It would give some geometrical interest, and still let me confine some annoying plants I like, but maybe not as many as I like. That option would cost $1425.22 with tax.
Hmmm...or maybe...let me run the numbers...If I did three long beds and five round bins it would give me 4 rows counting the 3 bins from last year and come to $1903.92 with tax. I have at least $1560 now, so subtract that. I would need another $343.62 to order that. And I'd still have to come up with money to fill the bins.
The big problem here is that they don't have the dark green beds I bought last year. They have an ugly tan, an ugly light green, and a pretty black and I have no idea what they will have next year. They didn't have this shade of black last year, they had slate grey. So if I am going to get more of the long bins, I really need to get 3 this year, at least. And my bed rows won't match up, because it would have to be one row that half green and half black.
Unless I decided to mix all the parts, since they are identical. I could have beds that went black, green, black, green, every other panel. That would be pretty and definitely bring interest to the eye.
I guess I don't have to buy all the bins at once, either. I can buy the 3 long bins now and whatever I can afford of the round bins and then add round bins later. I can put the bee balm and calendula in two round bins and then when I can afford the other bins transfer mint and some other flowers from pots I've been transplanting up. That would give me $1349.07. I could definitely do that. I might even have enough for one more round bed by the time I am ready to order. But I think I'll probably just stick to what I have here. This seems like the best choice for right now. It gives me money for soil and hay to put in the beds and of course we have branches.
Shoot, I forgot, I still have to buy Ag fabric to put down. Well, I guess I'll go with the cheapest option right now, the 3 long beds. Welcome to my though process. Thanks for playing.