Going green always makes me think about Kermit the frog singing” it’s not easy being green”.  kermit-the-frog

The truth is, it is easy.   It reminds me of how my mother in law and grandmother did things.  There was little waste in those households.  My mother in law kept a cut open milk carton on the counter where she kept all the food scraps.    At the time, I had no idea what the heck she saved it for.  I thought she didn’t want to clog her sink.  Talk about oblivious…hey I was young.  Now I realize she was composting.  Living in the city with neighbors all around I always hesitated because I thought putting it at the back of the yard, they would mind.  I don’t have the ten acres to keep it far away from my house and theirs but it doesn’t have to be the nasty business people  imagine and there is nothing better for your garden than the “liquid gold” it will produce.   I also worried, as I am sure many gardeners do, that  my dog would have a field day rolling around in the decomposing muck.  There are such great composters you can get now that seal it up where dogs and all the other earthly creatures I have imagined lurking around can’t get to it.  rain-barrel1

 Last year my husband and I put in a rain barrel.  We built it ourselves from a plastic milk barrel.  I painted it the color of my house and it is barely visible.  It was easy to do  and I loved having water on the other side of my house.  Huge pine trees that hover over my front yard make it impossible for rain to really soak into my shrubs and flowers planted below.  Now a soaker hose running from my rain-barrel keeps them watered well.  It doesn’t take much rain at all to fill it up when you consider it’s from the roof of the house.  That’s all the less water I have to supply and pay for.  We will be adding another rain barrel this spring since we are so happy with the results of the first one.  I really like having it.rain-barrel-hidden

Having a vegetable garden has been a joy to us since we moved here 3 years ago.  Where we used to live, shade gardening was all I could do.  An enormous sugar maple umbrella protected my entire yard from the sun.  Needless to say my attempts at growing tomatoes were fruitless…literally.  It has been an experience to have this garden because now my husband has stepped up and is having more fun than I am growing yummy vegetables.  The extra help with the harvesting and care has been great.  He loves to be out there which gives us something else we do together. It’s so nice to be able to share gardening with him~ as well as the work.  He treats those vegetables as if he bore them himself.  The proud father of some delicious produce. We garden organically and have really enjoyed producing food for our family as well as friends with vegetables that are healthier.  It’s so nice to go out to the garden and pick the food that’s for dinner.  In my flower beds I also keep away from all poisons to the earth.  We have been pretty lucky as far as bug control.  The worse are the slugs and the Japanese beetles.  But even they are manageable with a bit of perseverance and a tray of beer for the slugs. 

All in all I am trying to become more Earth conscious in everything I do~ from picking products with less waste in their packaging to  being diligent  at recycling and considering the effects of our choices.  I am hoping my kids will learn from example how to treat this wonderful planet we live on.  So, Kermit, being green can be easy if we just use our common sense and maybe a bit more conscience and effort.

~”It’s not that easy being green…It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?  Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful!  And I think it’s what I want to be.” ~Kermit the Frog

Earth Day is  April 22, 2010.

Visit Jan at Thanks for Today to read other posts on sustainable living. 

6 Comments

  1. Great post, Teresa…I’ll need to come back and finish reading it in more detail a little later, but needed to stop by and ask you to put your link in a comment on my blog. Thanks!

  2. Love the reference to your hubby bearing tomato children;-) I think when you spend time nurturing things they DO start to feel like a part of you! Love your rain barrel, it really looks nice! And I’ve seen lots of cool composters out there. Good for you, for doing these things that really aren’t as complicated as many people think. I won’t put you in the running for the fungus cure product, but I don’t see why you can’t be in the drawings for the rest of the give away stuff. Do you want another rain barrel?! Lots of people are adding several…Jan

  3. Hi Teresa – love how you did this rain barrel – it looks great and looks like it will do a great job. A very helpful post!

  4. Thanks Donalyn. It does do a great job and it was easy to make.

  5. Great post Teresa! It is easy to be green! Living simply … how can that be hard. Great rain barrel idea!

  6. You are so right, it is easy being green, much easier than most people realize. We’ve been into it for so long that it’s really a way of living. Great post!