Hey, I don't want to be the only one to upload photos!
, please upload something from your veggie garden.
, what about you? Connecticut is lovely this time of year.
, how about some balcony garden photos? That is how I first started eons ago, and it sounds like you're having better luck than I ever did.
? I know you've got a good garden going, too.
, you also said you were interested in a gardening thread.
, right now we are just using municipal drinking water. I had mentioned that we were looking into having a grey water system installed, but it is illegal here. In the end, I am glad we did not. Since we have such little rainfall and it is very windy, the municipal waste system pipes can dry out in our area, and the wind pushes the smells into the house. We have traps, of course, but when those get dried out, ewww. So, yes, grey water (laundry and shower water) go down the drain to move things along.
, I am also interested in installing a rainwater catchment system with gutters on the less windy (south) side of the house.
, you have an enormous cistern don't you?
It's lovely how you're living surrounded by nature. How much of that land is within your own boundaries? You don't seem to have any visible neighbours - what's the zoning that allows you to live as you do - near all that conservation land? Actually, we have very little land, not even 1/2 an acre, because land here is ridiculously expensive (€250,000/acre). There are also very strict zoning laws for building homes (cannot build a home on agricultural land here). The conservation land behind us protects a waterway for drinking water that comes down from the mountains (2 streams & a reservoir), so no one will ever be able to build directly behind us.
I love love love that decorative garden, and the natural-looking paving! It looks like it would be useful for birdlife and lizards too. Are many critters attracted to your garden? Are you a sort of oasis in the landscape for them? And do you make pesto with your herbs? The paving is natural, a granitic rock quarried nearby, but it is not uniform in thickness, color or texture, so it is not used in urban applications (but I like the variation). An older friend of ours is a master bricklayer & paver, so that was all Pedro (his name means "rock"!). The "decorative" garden has lots of edible bits - sort of like an English cottage garden - with roses, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, spearmint, bay leaf, strawberries and lavender (basil is giving me a hard time). I think the only thing not edible are the irises and the fraxinus tree. The Spanish oak gives acorns, which are edible, and the dogs love those. Since I use no pesticides, it is a haven for pollinators, birds and lizards (and those dang shrews). We also have lots of small game here, so my back yard is often visited by rabbits, hare and grouse/partridges. On the conservation land, there is also larger game, such as deer & jabalí (a very large, aggressive wild boar), and we have seen foxes, otters and mongeese. But, our favorites are the birds of prey, including several types of eagles, falcons and owls. It's a special place.
As for the poop emoji, isn't it suprising that HF doesn't have one? I mean, you have to admit that horsey people have a special relationship with poop!
Speaking of which, I need tips for dry-climate composting.