The idea of today is to go green. To save the environment from the humans who inhabit it at any cost. Most ways of going green cost the average consumer a considerable amount out of pocket. However, there are ways to do something green that are inexpensive and often can put some coin in the pocket of the consumer.
Rainwater runoff systems
Rainwater runoff systems are simple to construct. With the help of the current downspout and a few additions, the water from the rain on the roof will soon be caught and ready for use. The rain from the roof can water the garden or the yard for quite some time. A 1000 square foot roof can produce more than 600 gallons of water during a 1” rain.
To build a water runoff system you need to consider that there are two distinct ways of doing so. The first of which is easiest when building a home. A cistern with a pump will collect water in ground storage. The second option is an above ground tank. Both types will collect and store the rainwater from the roof saving money when watering the yard, garden or pets.
Container gardening can be a fun way to add color and character to your yard or porch. Containers can be anything that suits your personality. A fancy vase, an old mop bucket, planter pots from the local garden center, or that wooden wagon found at a garage sale. As long as your container has a hole in the bottom for drainage it will work. Any type of plants will work too. Flowers, small trees, vegetables, or herbs can be planted in containers. A container garden uses less water than a regular garden and can be moved out into the rain to catch rain water.
A container garden also takes less work than an in ground garden. Less weeding, less watering and less as well as they work incredibly well in places that the soil is poor. Pest control in a container garden is easier also for the infected plant can be moved away from the rest of the plants for doctoring.
The advantages of container gardening not only add color to those drab places in your yard but can also give the opportunity to raise and enjoy vegetables year around.
Back Yard Chicken Coop
Looking for a new pet? A back yard chicken coop is easy to build and maintain, it offers eggs and fertilizer and the joy of chickens in the yard. Chickens take up little time and space, they are friendly and funny and can be trained. In the early morning hours the cluck of a chicken laying morning breakfast is as old as time itself.
A coop can be as big and fancy or as small and simple as to fit the decorum of the yard. A chicken needs a roost, a nest, and a yard to scratch in. Chickens make great insecticides that are all natural. A chicken will lay between 1 and 3 eggs a day. Chicken manure added to the compost pile makes strong fertilizer to help the garden grow. A simple coop can be made out of a 55 gallon barrel and hold 2 chickens or a wood framed building can be built to match the house. Eggs and fertilizer from the chickens will decrease the cost of gardening and of buying groceries.
Each of the ideas above can be done inexpensively and they all have benefits that will either make you money or save you money. Selling the extra vegetables and eggs or having the water bill not increase all put money in the pocket of the green keeper.