This weekend the Old Man and I were working on designing a new front porch. Our existing porch has a few issues and as we dig deeper we decided to tear it all apart and redo it in plastic decking as part of a long term desire to reduce maintenance costs and time. Since we are tearing it all down so it meets code, we decided on a little redesign as well to make it fit our needs. We don’t have a back deck/porch or much of a yard so if we want to eat outside, we do it on the front porch. The current size is too small for us to do this so it’s going to be a touch bigger.
Since we are doing this change, it will also allow me to utilize the sun we get in the front yard. We live in a heavily shaded area and this is the sunniest spot and best opportunity for me to grow a few vegetables along with my perennials. The greatest thing about owning property is the ability to grow vegetables to not only reduce grocery costs, but also because they taste so much better.
I most likely won’t get a crop in this year because I need to do other work in that area, but I’m looking forward to growing pole beans, celery, lettuce, strawberries, and maybe some berry bushes as well. Hopefully this little bit is the start to us really cutting down costs long term in more ways than one.