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Gina commented on Grey Garden

Hi Scott;
Yes gladly! First we researched water conservation, we learned the kitchen and laundry room are the biggest water wasters. So we bought a used washer with an easily detachable drain hose and a new portable dishwasher with a drain into the sink/bucket. We scavenged used paint buckets from a house that had been painted, two for each shower, two for the sink and two big tubs for the washer that we had for washing the voracious vegetable eater when she was younger and for parties to store ice and beer. We soon realized that we were not going to be successful with the big tubs, we had some disaster floods and the dogs would drink the grey water and get sick, mice drowned and we were slaves to watering. We looked into rain barrels but they were expensive. Finally we found a Craigslist ad for a water barrel and we solved that issue. With a garden hose and a quick clamp attachment we had our siphon based watering system. The dishwasher drained into the buckets- so little water it was astonishing and we use that for the pots and cactus garden we are slowly growing in the front yard. The buckets in the showers capture water for toilets and the birds. Our water use is way below our allotted amount.
We came together for love, well two of us at least. Gardening seemed like a good way to bond. It has been very successful in terms of our budget. We eat very well and I suppose mealtimes are in fact where we bond the most.