Spring Is In the Air

The weather actually cooperated a few weekends back! Nate and I did a few things around the yard. The yard itself actually needs some spring cleaning. We built our first compost bins ever!


We used 5 pallets I got from work and cedar pickets – from our old fence that collapsed when we moved in – to fill in the gaps.



I think we will eventually add some doors to the bins. The cats seem to think its their own personal litter box. Yuck.

We also split a bunch of wood. Nate found a bunch of green wood in the fall for free. We let it dry out some over the winter and it was ready to be split. It’ll be ready for next winter.

Nate taught me how to split logs, too!


He was faster than me, so he did more of the splitting.


We are both really ready for spring weather to stick around for a while.


After working outside all day, we stopped in at Wit’s End Brewery for a drink. Scott, the owner, is one of the nicest people. Every time we go in he remembers our names. It’s awesome having such a great brewery a mere 1.2 miles from the house!

It’s been a long while…

Well, I got busy with work and the house and forgot about this blog. Oops.

It’s winter. Obviously cold. And all I want to do is landscaping in the backyard. So I’m making plans instead.


That is the north west corner of my backyard. The bush is nice in the summer and birds love it all year round but I can’t leave well enough alone. I want to eventually replace it with a red currant bush. I love red currants.

Just to the left I want to build a small brick patio with room for 2 chairs and a small table. A place for two to drink coffee in the mornings.

On the far side of that will be the chicken coop and rabbit hutch and bee hives. Chickens will be the first animals we get I think.

I’m totally building a nice path down the middle of the garden with an elderberry tree in the middle. I read somewhere that its traditional to put an elder tree in the center of a garden and I just love that idea.

The rest of the house is progressing.


We had hardwood countertops installed and they are soooo cool! I love them.

I think soon I am going to draw out actual dimensioned plans for the backyard and plan what to grow where.

I’ve found some awesome gardening books at the ARC lately and I’ll share those with you soon. They are helping me develop my garden plans.