" The Modest Homestead: May 2011

Growth After Rain

Vegetables from my garden.

Romain Lettuce & Red Lettuce

Jalapeno & Bell Peppers
Chantenay Carrots
Top: Pinto Beans & Radishes (interspersed)
Bottom: Thyme, Rosemary, & Basil

Organic Gardening, "7 Water-Saving Landscaping Ideas"

I've been enamored with the European inspired infiltration system for water retention after reading this article. Here are the highlights.

1. Project 1: Porous Pavers
2. Project 2: Rain Barrels
3. Project 3: Prairie-inspired Rain Gardens
4. Project 4: Green Roof
5 & 6. Project 5 & 6:Cistern and Bioswale
7. Project 7: Gravel Grass

I'm in the process of removing shrubs on the side of my house and will be installing a rain garden. I'm also going to be using rain barrels to catch rain water which will help defer cost of managing my ever growing garden. As I do these projects, I'll be posting guides and results of my efforts.

Our Modest Homestead

I remember getting married as a starry eyed early twenty something. I felt invincible. It didn't matter that we didn't have much and that out first apartment was as small as a matchbox. Thinking back we lived off a more than meager income. It didn't matter. We didn't need much.

Fast forward almost 6 years and we have a house with two kids and a dog. Now life gets complicated. The nation as a whole is going through a recession and everyone is scrambling to save money. This is our story and yours.

We're gonna focus on sustainable living in a variety ways including homemade crafts, do-it-yourself home design projects, furniture restoration, gardening, backyard farming, home meal ideas, and more. These ideas will not only save you money but will bring your family together and provide a satisfaction with life that can only be achieved by working with your hands.