Grandkids and trying to become more sustainable- a little bit at a time

I’ve had a couple of the grand kids here to keep me busy. As always,they are a lot of fun. I only had to use the time-out chair for one of them twice. They are old enough to not need  constant supervision, and young enough to become excited over library reading awards.

We are in full blown summer around here. Thankfully it is not as hot,nor as dry as last year. We are at, or close to the hundred degree mark most days;hot to be sure. We have had more rain which helps.  Our big purchase last week was a 250 gallon rain barrel. We had one torrential rain that lasted about two hours and collected over 100 gallons of water. Our house isn’t guttered,the barrel is positioned to catch run off only so that seems pretty good to us. We want to have water for a garden even in a drought. We also want a bit of redundancy if we should ever lose city water.

My chickens still haven’t started to lay. They are about twenty-two weeks old so it should be any time now. I check  a couple of times a day. I am afraid they will just lay anywhere. They have full run of the back yard for now. Well they have a coop and a pretty large run,but they can hop their fence and I haven’t had the heart to clip wings yet.

We have been investigating aquaponics quite heavily. The thought of not only having fresh veggies ,but also having our own fish is what intrigues us. Aquaponics uses about a tenth of the water as a traditional garden and takes up very little room. It does need a power source for a pump. I do worry about our heat in the summer killing the fish. I think I have that part worked out. (on paper at least). There is also a gentleman who builds the system we are considering within two hours of our house. It would be twice what it would cost us to build it ourselves,but the price is still pretty reasonable,and we would have a working template to use when/if we expand. We would also have a live person to ask questions of which would be nice. I am hoping we can leave the planning stage and enter the trial and error stage fairly soon. http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/ This is an Aussie site,but I have found it the most helpful of all the gazillions of things out there. I have also found this book,to be very helpful. Aquaponic Gardening by Sylvia Bernstein.

My Lime tree has one single lime,but both it and my orange tree have blooms again. They did not like being moved. My fig has quite a bit of baby fruit on it. I have only a few tomatoes and peppers growing growing in pots. It was sad to abandon the garden at the old place. Oh,well.

I know there are a lot of people who will look at our puny efforts with a smile. That’s ok. Everyone needs to start somewhere.

 

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About lenell

Wife to a very patient man and mom to 8 interesting kids via birth,marriage and adoption. Grandma to nearly 5,nearly perfect grandchildren.
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One Response to Grandkids and trying to become more sustainable- a little bit at a time

  1. Jeanne says:

    Puny efforts? Sounds like you’re doing great. Love the water barrel collection!

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