Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Even though it isn't quite green outside yet, we decided that we would try to be! You have seen the befores (and some afters) as we makeover the house.... but it is a sad state of affairs outside too! The original owners really set up a great plan, hiring a landscape architect and planting some beautiful trees and shrubs. But they moved out about 20 years ago and the poor yard has been neglected since. I still think the yard is beautiful, just slightly over grown and a little jungle-like!

Since we have some major pruning and clipping planned this year we decided to invest in learning about composting! We started by figuring out what our needs were, which meant a BIG bin. Of course I found the biggest, and most affordable one at my second home.


To keep it out of plain view, we decided to let it hide out in this corner of the yard. And while we are hoping that we do it all right, if it does start to get a little stinky at least it is no where near open windows or the deck. Just need to stake it in!
And by the time I came back to take a picture of the final set up, it had turned into a full junk yard and tire pile...
I don't even ask anymore, and neither should you!

But I promise it isn't all work around here! We also made it to the park to enjoy some sunshine with Wren and the dogs.






























Can't wait for Summer to really arrive!

15 comments:

animal print gal said...

Going to the park sounds great idea!It is so special! Thank you for sharing your pics. Your baby is just adorable!

CourtneyKeb said...

Oh I just love it when you post pictures of that cute little Wren!

Jess said...

That Wren is getting too big! I love the park pics!!! Your video was so fun to watch too!

carebear3117 said...

It looks like you had great fun at the park. I purchased my 2 compost bins from the city for $30 each and they work awesome for me and they have a lid so the contents don't get soggy inside and smell. I just layer different layers of brown materials such as shredded newspaper, leaves, dried plants and green material such as vegetable waste and coffee grounds. In between the layers I put a thin layer of dirt. I have never had a smell coming out of my compost bins and if you cover the top of your pile with a layer of leaves the fruit flies are minimal.
The city has a composting workshop that I attended. It is only $10. I put the link below. You can see the composters they sell on the front page. Happy composting! http://www.edmonton.ca/for_residents/garbage_recycling/composting-workshops.aspx

carebear3117 said...

It looks like you had great fun at the park. I purchased my 2 compost bins from the city for $30 each and they work awesome for me and they have a lid so the contents don't get soggy inside and smell. I just layer different layers of brown materials such as shredded newspaper, leaves, dried plants and green material such as vegetable waste and coffee grounds. In between the layers I put a thin layer of dirt. I have never had a smell coming out of my compost bins and if you cover the top of your pile with a layer of leaves the fruit flies are minimal.
The city has a composting workshop that I attended. It is only $10. I put the link below. You can see the composters they sell on the front page. Happy composting! http://www.edmonton.ca/for_residents/garbage_recycling/composting-workshops.aspx

Rhiannon Nicole said...

Awe these photos are precious :) Love them all and looks like a great time!

Holly and Sean said...

Thanks so much for all the tips Care!! I think I might sign up for one of those classes. Today we loaded in a mixture of dry leaves and green grass/weeds along with a little dirt so hopefully we are starting out on the right path. There are some pretty cool and fancy bins (that roll!) but I think I will start simple and work my way up~

becki said...

All I can think about are those tires and how fun they would be painted bright and spunky colors and then cut in half and place in a ring for a mini play gym. Feel free to send them my way!

Linda @ Painted Whyte said...

Cute pictures of Wren - love the ROXY shirt! I have a compost bin thing in my yard - i am NOT a gardener - it came with the house and honestly i have not even opened it - you are more than welcome to it if you want to come pick it up - if you think your yard is bad you won't believe mine! I honestly want to rip the entire yard out and put down only lawn - i also have plants all over that if you want to dig them out you can have them too! Anyway, if your interested just send me an email.

satisfyingspaces1 said...

What a great idea to share your experience of doing something green for mother earth. Good for you! Wren is adorable!

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

How fun -and that hat is so cute - and Wren is too (of course).
Watched you video yesterday - great job.

C C & R said...

My daughter (who is about two months older than Wren) has those same jeans and shoes!

The Paper Mama said...

Wow, just found your blog and I am loving it! What a cute little babe!

-chelsey

I'll definitely be posting your button on my blog. Looking forward to more reads!

Christina said...

My gosh! I cannot believe that your little girl is walking now!!!!! Time is flying fast! It seems like only a month ago I was visiting your site and seeing pictures of a BABY!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoy your spring day!!! Hope it's lovely where you are!

~ Regan said...

Oh my gosh, Is she not the cutest little thing?? Looks like everyone had a lot of fun!

 
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