Yes, we’ve set up our gutters to catch rainwater. We don’t have the barrels yet because we have nothing to water. It will be a simple gravity-fed system from 3-4 barrels. In Vancouver that might be enough to avoid using city water at all.
Also, we don’t have our gutters that *aren’t* going to barrels feeding into the storm sewer system. We have a gravel pit in our backyard that we can direct runoff to. That way we’re not having rainwater that we don’t capture going through processing etc.
We’re also going to have a couple types of compost, and feed the chickens with table scraps that can’t be composted (except meat) – think cooked veggies etc. The chickens will be our major source of fertilizer.
The raised beds and the coop will be built from our extras/waste from the renos. I think we’ll need to buy a couple pieces of lumber here and there since we’re actually really using all our leftovers to finish the basement. We have leftover siding that will make the coop SUPER cute, and extra insulation to keep the chickens toasty warm in the winter. I’ll be using LED lights when we need to fake their daylight, and put them on a timer so they won’t accidentally be left on too long.
I think the most wasteful part of the garden will be setting it up. I’ll need to buy the soil/compost to fill the beds etc. because we have nothing but rubble out back after those renos. I’m not sure about where it all comes from, and I need to source/cost organic compost and soil to see if it’s an option. I’d say for sure we’ll be doing that, but I could find out that it would cost thousands, which I just don’t have.
Anyway, I’m still working on my library list. I’ll be back with that one soon – keep the comments coming!