Terry and I are trying to do our part for the environment. Going a little more green if you will. So, here's what we have been up to for the past month or so...
This is the composter we bought at Sam's. Very easy to put together and it's so nice to put vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, etc in there instead of the trash. The girls love taking the "peels bucket" out there and adding it in. Next spring we will have wonderful dirt to use in our garden.
This is our new rain cistern. (Also purchased at Sam's. ) The gutter spout pours into it and collects up to 50 gallons every time it rains. The first time I watered our plants with the water from here I was so excited! It's a completely gratifying feeling knowing I'm not wasting water. Besides, I have to attempt to make up for my long hot showers and running the water while I brush my teeth. =)
We will be working in the flower beds this weekend. Another great Sam's find was the recycled tire mulch. The color won't fade by next year and the mulch itself is dense enough that it won't blow or float away. I'm hoping the plants do well under it. I guess we'll see. The above pic is the flat of begonia, some other little cute flowered ground cover, and several types of potato vine I will be installing this weekend. I can't wait to see it filled out about half way through the summer.
This pic above and below are the pots I planted this afternoon. Last year they were filled with geraniums, asparagus vine, potato vine and some tiny while flowing flower. This year, I wanted to plant herbs in them. Above we have several types of basil, parsley and chives. As just the pretty filler I added several coleus, a spikey thing, those bunches of white flowers and asparagus fern. The filler is the same below but the herbs are a lemon and traditional basil, cilantro and oregano.
I'm still new at all of this, but I really enjoyed picking things out that I thought would go well together. I still need some mint, and a few more veggie plants, but they are going in the back yard. More on that later.
SPRING has SPRUNG at the STORCH'S!