This is an absolutely inspired method of gardening. Helps the overproduction of manure and the production of healthy food. We don't see enough of that in this country. Congratulations on your creativity!
Cudos on your frugality. If you have a Starbucks nearby, they give out used coffee grounds to gardeners for free! Worms love coffee grounds! I snatch the coffee grounds from our office pot at lunch everyday to add to my garden. People here put out bags of grass clippings for trash pickup and I play trash guy and pick them up to mix with torn up junk mail in the compost pile. I could scoop up bagged leaves in the Fall too - if I didn't have enough of my own.
Great article. This year, we are going to seal the wood from two old, queen size water bed frames and do raised beds for our tomatoes. We are going to use soil from my 20 year old compost pile, that for the last two years, my partner has been turning in with decomposed horse manure that he has been bringing back from his sister's horse barn. The only cost to us will be the paint to seal the wood. For years I have probably spent hundreds of dollars on lime, agricultural sand and peat (in addition to my compost) trying to improve the hard clay here in Ohio. This year we're making it easy on ourselves and doubling the size of our vegetable crops. Now we can have room for corn, eggplants, squash, melons and onions. Our lettuce is already growing in old recycled containers and our peas are coming up in discarded planters from neighbors.
Way to go girl! We are our parents generation, recycle, reuse.