Friday’s here! Which means it’s time again to take a look at those things that are making us think, yearn, cower and thank, this week…
Last summer, much of the work we put into our home involved paring back the overgrown jungle that was our yard.
That was our front yard. It’s taken from Google Maps, street view. Envision this yard, left untended for 6 months, and you can picture the work we had to do. I pulled and hacked and dug out countless gnarled, congested, weedy plants, for months.
Some may balk at all the destruction, but know that we didn’t just toss these to the curb with last fall’s leaves. We composted!
It was a learning process. Not knowing much, I opted to throw everything together in a heap. Over the next 8 months, not everything broke down as I’d hoped, largely because I had too many “woody” products in the mix. Moving forward, I’ve researched better composting solutions, smarter, more effective methods for our needs.
I came across this great article which offers pit composting as a solution. So simple! Armed with a shovel, dig a hole or trench large enough for your organic waste, then fill the hole! The soil you dug out can be used elsewhere, to help build-up raised flower beds, for example. In 6-12 months time, the footprint of the pit will serve as a great, nutrient-rich bed for planting something new. It also helps keep the compost hidden from view, and from doggy’s prying nose.
I love ornamental grasses. I’d like to use some to accent our yard, as they’re a nice alternative to flowers for adding colour. Visit almost any garden centre, for ideas.
They also have the unique benefit of provide acoustic “texture” to a garden. I’ve come across some fantastic varieties that should thrive in our climate. Looking forward to using these to helped define our yard!
Here’s a neat arrangement idea, courtesy of Lowes.
A shout-out to those who’ve taken the plunge, abandoned superfluous possessions, and joined the tiny house movement. I’ve so much respect for these people, and the courage it must have taken to let it all go.
Some great for for thought, coupled with great design (and great use of natural light!) courtesy The Tiny Life
Where do you escape when you need a break?
Erin and I are extremely fortunate that home can be that escape.
Up the stairs, to our guest room, where a view of the Atlantic helps me hit reset, and bring it all back home.
Keep it simple, folks!