I’m fresh out of ideas! Usually that’s a sign of mental and physical burnout for me. It’s too early in the season to be burned out.
I need ideas for the front area. So far the following have been planted:
- Paulownia trees
- 6 crab apples
- 5 apple trees (different varieties)
- 2 Blackberry bushes
Next year the prepared garden beds in this area will be planted with golden currants and indigo.
On the pergola we want to plant perennial vine fruit. We’re not sure what kind yet.
To the right is a photo I snatched online of the kind of decking I want. It would cost us WAY too much money to put a 15′x50′ deck on, but if we used pallets in really good shape, we can install a deck for a fraction of the cost. It looks awesome too!
Do you see the area with the built in porch in my top photo? That will be an enclosed screened area. The door on the left is where our commercial kitchen will be.
So now that there is a mental picture of what’s going on here, what the heck do I do with the pond area? I want to terrace it and have it all be edible perennials, but what?
Maybe the bottom row of the pond area would be lavender.
Second row French purple artichokes
Third level some sort of strong ever blooming perennial yellow flowers?
In the center where the pond will be filled in, we’ll be putting a bird bath. I do know we’ll also be putting grass in.
I’m on the fence when it comes to having rhododendron shrubs under the pine trees since they are poisonous to animals.
Plastic Purge #2:
Letting go of things that are used up is an important part of plastic purging. In the small bathroom (occupied by the men in the house) I found lots of empty shampoo bottles. In my bathroom drawer was items I seldom use…if ever. A good rule for anything not used in six months or more is to just get rid of it or give it away to someone who can use it.
Each day I’ll be doing not only a plastic purge, but also a useless item toss. I can’t begin to tell you how much “stuff” we have that has accumulated in our house. It feels good to get rid of it.
At this point, we have less than one bag of garbage a week. We paid for garbage collection over the next three months, but after that, we will have no more garbage to get rid of. How amazing is that? No plastic! No garbage! We will have hit our goal to have no garbage whatsoever to throw away and will save $300 per year on garbage collection. These next few months we are getting rid of everything we consider garbage and recycling anything that can be recycled. We are having a lot of fun doing it too!
This next photo is disturbing! In our room was a set of vertical plastic blinds. We need to get rid of them because of the off-gassing taking place. In the photo below you can see a “haze” on the window that is faintly vertical. Do you see it? That is off-gassing of plastic leaving its mark! The vertical lines can be best seen on the back white garage behind the courtyard wall. The other general haze is from the polyester curtains. Those too I’m removing tomorrow for plastic purge #3!
In the future, we will get rid of the plastic outdoor chairs and change from plastic animal feed bins to galvanized metal bins.