Monday, August 14, 2017

New Compost Bin

Isn't it crazy how the simplest things can give us such great pleasure?

 My new compost bin is definitely one of those things! I have been wanting one in the back yard for the past few years just to make life easier (I am all about trying to make life easier any way I can!). Our previous compost bin was on the other side of the house and just far enough away that I didn't get out to it as often as I should, plus it was a pain for getting the compost to the planters.

My husband got the new one built a few weeks ago and I am loving it. It's convenient to the kitchen and planters and I am looking forward to using some of the wonderful compost next spring!

Monday, July 24, 2017

The New Gardening Plan

As I mentioned in my last post gardening has become more difficult for me because of health reasons, however we still want to grow as much of our food as possible and have some to can/preserve for Winter. The solution? Planters.

We have a lovely deck off the front of the house which has become full of planters growing an assortment of zucchini, herbs, turnip, lettuce and greens and winter squash. I had hoped to get more done this year, but we will expand on this next year and have even more out front. The railing is covered with grape vines, so grape harvesting is very easy to do. We also have a large patch of thyme right outside the door. In fact, if it is raining I don't even have to step out side to pick some!

Along the drive way we have spearmint and chocolate mint growing, so a refreshing cup of tea is close by.

Out back we have another deck that has more zucchini and tomatoes in pots. Around the boules court we put in some raised bed/planters and have strawberries, asparagus, cucumbers, squash and lettuce growing there.

It's a far cry from the gardens we used to have  but I have been pleasantly surprised at how much food we are able to grow in such a small space.