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sustainable backyard beginner

This past weekend we participated in the St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour. About this time last year I posted about attending the tour. This year when I saw the tour needed more homes in our area, I figured "Hey we have a fun yard, especially one that would appeal to eco newbies". Many of the yards have solar panels, bees, wind turbines...ok maybe not turbines but they are intense!

Our yard offered 5 "beginner" steps towards a more sustainable backyard. The 1st is a standard rain barrel, that I desperately try to disguise with clusters of plants. Because though I love her, she is not a pretty lady.

The 2nd eco project we have is our bokashi compost, which many people were more interested in than I anticipated (and they label themselves granola!). Oh, you don't know about indoor composting? Shame on you (said in a very judgemental tone).

Number 3 & 4 were our upcycled furniture. The wine bottle torches are from the Design*Sponge tutorial, and still one of my favorite patio elements. The pallet table is my internet superstar—my Pinterest one hit wonder.


Lastly we have the 5th sustainable element—our sweet hens! Bonus is their coop is made from a doghouse we found on Craigslist. Someday I'll do a full post on how much I love these girls, but for now just a peek.

We certianly enjoyed the 5+ hours of conversating with 50+ strangers, in the crazy summer heat, but it was definitely exhausting. I do like showcasing a yard that appeals to people just starting to be interested in a green home. Sometimes the "greener" lifestyle feels intimidating or you wonder where to start, but these are just a few of the very practical & simple ways to start. And hopefully aesthetically appealing ones too!

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Reader Comments (4)

I am definitely a backyard newby. My boyfriend and I just bought our first house and I am trying to get my backyard in order. I have these left over interlocking pavers that we used to make our patio that I want to use for something else but I can't figure out what to use them for. A rain barrel is a wonderful idea. My step mom has a rain barrel that she raves about all the time. We have all upcycled furniture on out patio, I would never use anything else. :)
Thanks for the great post, I wish I could see your backyard in person!

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

@Lauren That's great! Glad you enjoyed the post! // Amanda

July 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterAmanda Joy

Hey girlie - where did you get your outdoor couch and cushions? We have a pallet table as well, only ours is in our living room with a glass top on. OBSESSED! :)

July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay Kalinowski

Hey @Lindsay! Our set was from walmart.com a few years ago. I know we searched everywhere, trying to avoid the "cottage" or whatever you call that mature style in most affordable outdoor furniture. Not the most helpful advice :/

Also, we coated it with Rustoleum spray paint, and haven't any rust or deterioration issues. Highly recommended!

// Amanda

July 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterAmanda Joy

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