Kelli and her husband, John, have the most beautiful home in Marion, Iowa. They have added things like animals, produce and much more on their in-town acreage. This is one couple you want to learn from!
Lets dig in!
This family includes two dogs, Manny and Bruce, and their four backyard chickens!! (Rob I am so coming for you!) The coop sits in their backyard along with plenty of goodies growing and rain barrels collecting natures rain. Kelli has really developed a great system for her garden and understands it's ever changing needs with sunlight and using things like the three sisters gardening combinations. They also shuffle their produce locations and are very intentional with where they plant each crop.
In Kelli's own words, "I am a former high school English and journalism teacher (turned educational mentor and blogger), and John is an electrician who spends much of his time on the road. (Read about that here and here.) We've lived a pretty traditional life for the last six years, but things changed when I quit my full-time teaching gig to do a little traveling with John. (You can read more about that here and here and here.)
You've probably gathered that life, with us, is always an adventure.
Together, John and I love live music and live entertainment, camping, outdoor activities, and working to become a more 'sustainable couple'. I love to garden, can and preserve food, cook, upcycle, and dream of becoming a self-sufficient micro-farmer, complete with backyard chickens. John's life goal is to prevent me from getting backyard chickens. John finally agrees that I can have backyard chickens! We're getting backyard chickens! We have four backyard chickens!
Together we enjoy making our one-third acre city lot a more sustainable place. We're building a little homestead in the middle of a large Eastern Iowa town. We believe in living a self-sufficient lifestyle (mentally and physically) and are slowly transforming our practices to encompass those beliefs. We dig simple, frugal living.
Much of what we write about on our blog relates to eco-friendly living, growing as much of our own food as possible, learning skills to make us self-sufficient, renovating our 1840s home, cooking from scratch, crafting, being cheap asses frugal, essential oils, our dogs, and our travels. Sometimes we'll throw in a good story about our knucklehead friends and family."
Kelli showing me her lettuce and the combinations she had in this bed.
Just looking down her rows show things like green beans, squash and corn. It was a beautiful sight and smelled lovely. So fresh!
Check out these friends that came up to say Hello!
By using barrels from Amana they made these rain barrels that when full, one and a half barrel can water their entire garden. Each barrel has a hose up top connecting one barrel to the next. You can slightly see the white hose between the first and second barrel. When one is full it "spills" over to the next and so on and so forth.
As I stood there talking with Kelli about their compost and scraps rotation I spy feathers amongst the growing tomato plants. These companions spend some time on the cool earth under the plants.