We got a rain barrel installed!
After attending a workshop through the Philadelphia Water Department, we signed up to get a rain barrel. It is free for residents of Philadelphia and we didn’t even have to be home when it was installed. The barrel was installed this week, however after all of the rain Philly has experienced this summer, so far we’ve only had a light shower.
There was enough in the barrel to water a few green areas around the house including this planter we added to the curb:
Give this some time. We replanted some chocolate mint and lemon thyme to add some greenery to the front of our. We really added this to the curb to discourage people from parking up on the driveway because yo, Philly parking politics are…interesting and a pain in the butt.
The back yard is still finding its legs. We have some growth with the trees we got through the city and the corn is growing! I may be the only person who eats corn in the house but dangit, I am excited!
Also…my lavender is actually surviving! We had an indentation/trench in the backyard that was a nuisance. Whenever my mom would come over she would fuss about tripping into the hole. After watching two Judge Judy episodes I became so paranoid about getting sued that we planted the lavender in the hole so that people would have a visual clue to NOT step into it.
There is still lots of summer to go. Today we planted lettuce and garlic. It seems very random what we are planting and honestly, it is! Some of the things we planted are because people gave us seeds. Some (garlic) because all it takes it a clove planted into a pot!
It’s empowering growing something, harvesting it and then being rewarded with your efforts.
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