Start of a new...
'Tis the season of back to school. The practical side of me immediately thinks new shoes, backpacks, clothes and school supplies. The mental and iNote lists begin. Then I heard the sounds of school day mornings in my head, "eat, eat quickly, eat please, eat so I can brush your teeth, you have 5 minutes before we leave please finish your breakfast." I have so much enjoyed the freedom of our summer mornings. The casual snuggle time, the slow morning breakfast while reading books or playing cards and the travel! I have also seriously enjoyed what is referred to in our house as, "summer menu." During the school year we are so regimented, scheduled and planned. It was fun to just go with the flow.
Last week when we were sitting at the dinner table one evening, I got to thinking...what if we made new school year resolutions and looked at the year as a new journey instead of feeling the anxiety of routine. I have decided my personal goal for this new school year is to, dare I say, garden! That's right! I am seriously known for killing every plant I have ever come into contact with, but was recently inspired to compost. Well, when you give a mouse a cookie, or hand Ashley a few seeds you end up with a compost bin, tumbler and a garden in your back yard.
This really all started with the dollar bins at Target. I found a garden kit and decided it would be a fun thing to do with Olivia on one of our 100 degree summer days when we want to stay inside. We planted our seeds in little plastic baggies with wet paper towels and we actually ended up with sprouts. We transplanted the sugar peas, cherry tomatoes and cucumber sprouts to planters that have been growing in our window sill.
So my next logical step? Well, purchase a compost bin and a compost tumbler! I've got to give these babies a proper home and some top notch soil right? I found the compost bin and the Yimby compost tumbler on Amazon.
The compost tumbler was fairly easy to assemble (once I actually followed instructions). It does have A LOT of screws, so I was grateful for having an electric drill. We placed it on the side of our house
by our A/C unit, so that it is out of sight. Here are a few other items we purchased to help the process: