Bartering with Mavis – Trading Garden Work for Rice and Sugar

kids working in a garden

Yesterday I headed over to Girly Girl’s garden to do a little bartering. I used my love of pulling weeds {ha!} and mad gardening skills to tidy up her garden beds and plant her spring garden.

Luckily a few of her kiddos were wager to help.

snow sled with weeds

I asked one of the girls for a weed bucket and she brought me a snow sled. Awesome!

spring potatoes

There were still a bunch of new potatoes in last years potato bed and the kids had a ball searching for them. I think it made the digging and weed pulling go a lot faster because they all wanted to find some potatoes.

garden clean up

It took us just a little over 1 hour to clear 2 garden beds and pull the weeds in the surrounding areas.

mavis one hundred dollars a month

Removing the brush alongside the fence was never part of the deal thankfully.

waxing a SUV

For those of you who were wondering what Girly Girl was doing while I was pulling her weeds, she was playing Karate Kid and waxing her SUV with her husband Chino the Handyman.

raised garden beds

This is what the garden beds looked like before we started.

raised garden beds

And here they are all cleaned up.

costco rice and sugar

Two hours worth of garden clean up {with help from the kids} on a wonderfully sunny day was bartered for a 25 pound sack of sugar and a giant bag of rice.

Sounds like a pretty good trade to me.

I love gardening, and especially teaching young children about growing food. This is the 3rd spring in a row I’ve helped Girly Girl’s kids get their garden started, and I really have a good time while I’m over there. So it really doesn’t seem like to much work to me.

Do what you love, and everything will work itself out.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to go pull some of my own weeds now.


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  1. Susan says

    GG is the luckiest neighbor in the world!!! She definitely got the better end of the deal. Glad you had fun though… that’s really what it’s all about. Thanks for showing us what happened.

  2. Heather S. says

    Great trade! Plus, think of how her family will benefit from all of that work and now having that garden :) I think it’s a win-win all the way around!

  3. Carol says

    So, did the weeds get pulled and the soil/dirt get leveled off? I’m curious about the weeds and their roots…..will she have more weeds to pull during the coming growing season? Sorry if this is a “duh” question…..I’m really interested in how much new soil someone needs year to year.
    Thanks for your rocking posts, Mavis! Yours are the only ones I wonder about during the day….as in “I wonder if Mavis has posted anything else today.”

  4. says

    Wow! You made good time, and it looks great! I agree, getting kids involved in growing food is the best. My girls have their own garden beds and can grow whatever they like each year. Last year it was cantaloupe, cukes, and celosia’s for my middle one, and my youngest planted cantaloupes, cabbage, a tomato plant, and a rogue silver maple that’s growing in the corner of her bed. (We’re going to move it to a more proper spot soon!)

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