Thursday, April 22, 2010

My green home

Since this is Earth Day, I decided to show you some of the ways in my home in which I try to help our beloved Mother Earth. We only have one home and we have to do our best to keep her healthy.

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Starting at the top left, and going clockwise:

  1. Our barn is made from recycled vintage barn wood.
  2. I keep a roll of paper towels in my kitchen, but I rarely use them. I have stacks and stacks of these white cotton towels that I use instead.
  3. We raise some of our own food in the late spring and summer. The older raised beds are made from a recycled wooden fence. We use horse and chicken manure and finished compost as fertilizer and we use organic methods to control pests.
  4. I try to dry as much of my laundry as I can on the clothesline.
  5. A few of my many reusable shopping bags, and I really do use them.
  6. Cardboard that I'm getting ready to take to the recycling center, along with anything else that can be recycled. We don't have curbside recycling out here in the country, so it's up to each individual.
  7. The rain barrel at the corner of the barn catches water to be used on the veggie garden. I hope soon to install one at the corner of the house for my flowers.
  8. My chickens recycle lots of vegetable and fruit scraps, even stale bread and spaghetti noodles. This watermelon was forgotten in the back of the fridge and got a little too soft.
  9. The items that my chickens can't eat go into the compost heap in the corner of the vegetable garden. I include coffee grounds with the unbleached filters and tea bags, too. This little bucket sits right beside my sink.
  10. We only use cloth napkins. I made a lot of these and I also buy them at thrift stores when I can find them.
These are but a few of the many things that I do in my home and outside to help preserve our precious gift. Do you love Mother Earth as I do?


  1. You are amazing! How great to know that there are others out there that are doing their bit to recycle you should give lessons!

  2. I love this! **clapping** Yay for you! I wish I could say the same. I can though, about the compost, gardening, and hand towels. I try not to waste, but you are awesome!

  3. Here's your next blog post... how to do all these things successfully. You've got it going on girl! Your place looks so organic and natural and right out of a Martha Stewart magazine (except that I know you're doing all these things without a large staff).

  4. your garden looks so good. We all need to do as much as we can to help the earth now. It looks like you are doing a fabulous job.

  5. fantastic Susan I am inspired, we use the handtowels andare just starting a avegie garden, still in the prep stage good for you

  6. Thanks all! I do a lot, but there's a lot more that I could be doing. I'm not very good at being a locavore, mainly because we live in the Midwest and there just aren't that many fresh fruits and vegetables to be found here in the winter months. Hopefully my garden will be more productive this year and I'll be able to preserve more.

    Kudos to all of you who are striving to be better stewards of the Earth.

  7. i really enjoyed seeing your green life here...

  8. Wow -- you really are doing it well. I'm inspired to do better!


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