I hate the word "Green". It is overused and too "Hollywood" for me. However, I've always loved the idea of being frugal and making the best use of my resources. My husband, who is an architect, is very fond of frugality as well. We both grew up in very practical homes. My husband's family were farmers and my parents came from farming cultures as well. However, being busy people working in the corporate world has caused us to stray from some of the lessons we learned from our ancestors.
In an attempt to simplify our lives and save money, we have decided to embark upon an experimental life change.
My husband and I have been spending some time going through books written by others who have lived frugally or "green" if you will for more than 30 years. We have also tapped into the knowledge of some of our older relatives to learn some skills that we had never before bothered to develop.
I have decided to start a series of blogs about what we are doing and the results.
In our planning for this...my husband felt that we needed to sell our home and our 2.5 acres of land in order to do what it is that we would like. However, I challenged him in that I would like to see if we can make the most of what we already have and go ahead with some of our plans. He, being a detail oriented person, sat down with his CAD program and drawings of our current property to see if it could be done efficiently with what we already own. He has developed the layout and we both believe we can implement some of the ideas we have developed.
Kyle has developed a working plan and layout for a garden. So what's the big deal? Most people have gardens. I dare say, that not many have gardens like this one.
Rather than just plowing out a plot and throwing some seeds out, Kyle has done research on vertical gardening, 4 season gardening, and hydorponic gardening in order to maximize our crop in the least amount of space with the least amount of work. (We both hate to weed. It was obvious with our garden last year that weeding would not get done.)
Kyle has done much research on what plants produce the most yield for our area and what nutrient needs they have as well as what companion plants will help increase the crop.
His next task was to develop a hydroponic garden for certain vegetables we are hoping to produce. Hydroponic set ups can be quite expensive and we felt that the investment would go against what we were hoping to do...which is be frugal and efficient. So, he set out to see if he could develop a hydroponic system using common items from the hardware store that would require very little cost or energy to run.
I am so proud to say that he has done it and managed to make the system attractive to the eye!
I have begun starting seeds in the house, so that our plants will be ready to set out at the earliest possible time. He has also developed low cost cold frames, using items from the hardware store as well.
I in turn have researched plants for my kitchen garden that will grow in the light available in the house and provide fresh greens all year 'round!
In my next excerpt I will talk about how we plan on fertilizing our garden without purchasing fertilizer while cutting down on our garbage!
I will also talk about what I found when I took a walk through the woods behind my house that will help my family fight those pesky winter colds.
...and much more! Check us out and find out how this experiment turns out!