Raised Garden Bed

Mary and I finished building a raised garden bed in our yard and planted some vegetable seeds. Some of them are just starting to sprout.

garden bed - before

garden bed - after


garden buds



DIY Compost

When I was still living in Chicago, I was lucky enough to have my pick of other people’s composts to put my plant waste in without having to do any of the work. Since moving back to Michigan, I have become wasteful with my scraps. I felt particularly terrible whenever I made juice. All of that good plant matter, just being hauled off to a landfill.

So, over the weekend, I set to work making my own DIY compost bin. We spent exactly $0 on it, since we already had a plastic storage container sitting around. Even if you had to pick one up, it’s an affordable option compared to the ready-made compost bins you can purchase. You can make a version of this with worms by using two bins on top of one another, but we’re trying the slower, wormless option.

Here’s the skinny.

sharpie, ruler, rubber bin
You will need to drill aeration holes in the top, bottom, and all four sides of your plastic storage container. I used a ruler and marked holes about 1-2 inches apart all over the container. Then I used a larger drill bit to drill the holes. I would suggest wearing goggles and a dust mask so you don’t inhale tiny particles of plastic.

layer of newspaper
Your compost needs to have a balance of brown and green waste. So, before adding food you need to add a few other layers. First, add some shredded newspaper.

layer of leaves
Next, find some dried leaves around your yard or a local park and add those. These are your brown layers.

For the green, you can add grass clippings from you lawn, or, in our case, wheat grass that needed to be trimmed.

Now you can add food scraps. You’ll want to have a spray bottle of water on hand to keep you compost moist. You’ll also need a gardening shovel to shuffle things around a bit. Make sure you are always keeping a good balance of newspaper and food waste.

We plan to try serious gardening for the first time this year, and are excited to eventually have fresh compost to add to our garden.


A Yard For A Garden

Now that we have a little yard, Mary and I have been waiting for it to be nice enough to start a garden. Neither of us have much experience with it, but we’re excited to maybe try a few of these ideas in our little yard space.

pallet garden
Vertical Pallet Garden from Home DIT

pallet compost
Pallet Compost from Curbly

hanging planter
Hanging Planter from Gypsy River

raised flower bed
Raised Flower Bed from Garden Design


Pallet Furniture

For some time now, I’ve planned on building a piece of furniture out of pallets, but switching apartments every year or two has made me apprehensive about building and then having to move more furniture, so I’ve been putting it off.

I had only imagined building a simple coffee table out of pallets, but after reading through this homedit article this morning, I’ve found a new excitement in all of my new options for pallet-furniture building. When I finally do build one, I’ll have to choose a single idea, but for now, here are a few of my favorites that are in the running.

A fairly simple, but nice looking dining room table. This would also be great for an outdoor patio.

I’d have to choose different cushions or at least do something different with them, because they seem too generic to go with the rustic pallets, but I like the general idea of a pallet couch.

This is similar to what I had originally imagined as far as a simple coffee table, but I like the addition of wheels and I think I prefer it as an outdoor table rather than a coffee table.

A perfect garden solution for the backyard-less.

A great little bed for a visiting niece or nephew.

All images are from homedit.com