Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

Rain Barrels

July 19, 2009

Rain Barrels help us to save money throughout the spring and summer seasons by not having to use any city water on our garden. 

We have set up a barrel on each gutter around our home.  There are six total.  Each morning we spend about an hour watering our garden.  An hour, did I say? Yes!  We do this by using buckets and watering pitchers.

Of course, there are much easier and less time consuming ways to water your garden with rain barrels such as using drip hoses, however we enjoy the time out in the fresh air and just taking our time in our yard.  It is a great start to the morning.  Plus we get to talk to our plants.

During the winter , we just leave the barrel spigots open all the time and attach tubing to the ends of the spigots and just let the water go into the yard.  No problems at all.

We aren’t big fans of our grass so we don’t water it at all.  Never.  🙂  The benefit of not watering our grass is that it grows very slowly and we don’t have to mow as often.  We are slowly converting the grass area to either parts of our garden, greenhouse or native plants.  Just taking our time.  No rush.  We are planning to be in this home for a very long time.

Other uses for the rain water that we collect is to clean our cars, wash our hands while we are outside, and add water to the compost piles.  All while trying to keep in step with our frugal, sustainable ways.

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Que’s Garden

July 15, 2009

When we bought our home a little over a year ago, we immediately started a compost pile. It took awhile for us to pay any attention to our yard (besides basic maintenance), because we just had other priorities inside the house.

What types of things do we like to grow? Anything with a seed! Really! While we are out shopping for groceries or eating a meal, if there is something that we think will grow for us at home, we try it. Anything! We  just disregard the gardening zone we live in (which is zone 8/9 by the way).

Here are some things that we have put in our garden:

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Asparagus
  3. Avocado
  4. Basil
  5. Beans
  6. Bell Peppers
  7. Blueberries
  8. Broccoli
  9. Cabbage
  10. Chamomile
  11. Cherries*
  12. Chives
  13. Cilantro
  14. Coriander
  15. Cucumbers
  16. Dill
  17. Eggplant
  18. Elephant Garlic
  19. Fennell
  20. Garlic
  21. Ginger
  22. Grape tomatoes
  23. Green Onions/Chives
  24. Horseradish
  25. Kidney Beans
  26. Kiwi
  27. Leeks
  28. Lemons
  29. Lemon Cucumbers
  30. Lettuce
  31. Limes
  32. Marigolds
  33. Nasturtians
  34. Oregano
  35. Paprika
  36. Peaches
  37. Pears
  38. Peas
  39. Pickles
  40. Pinto beans
  41. Plums
  42. Pomengranate
  43. Potatoes
  44. Pumpkin, White & Yellow
  45. Raspberries, Golden
  46. Raspberries, Red
  47. Rhubarb
  48. Rice
  49. Roma tomatoes
  50. Rosemary
  51. Sage
  52. Spinach
  53. Strawberries
  54. Sugar Cane
  55. Sugar Snap Peas
  56. Sunflowers
  57. Sweet potato
  58. Tea
  59. Thyme
  60. Tomatillo
  61. Tomato (Roma, Yellow, Zebra, Grape)
  62. Walla Walla Onions
  63. Watermelon
  64. Zucchini

To grow later:

  1. Kumquats
  2. Peanuts
  3. Corn
  4. Carrot
  5. Persimmon