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grandma

Today’s inspirational spark:

littleflowers

I happened to see this picture online and it reminded me of my grandmother. I used to visit her house during the holidays and loved her garden spaces. She encouraged attention to detail and an appreciation of nature.

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walk through

Today’s art spark:

gardendoorway

 

Image from http://imgfave.com/view/4037993

 

 

starting a garden

While walking my dog this morning, we happened upon this

new, unopened box of flower seeds:

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I was thinking about my career while on the walk…

I am taking this as a sign to not be so impatient while I plant the seeds of my career.

🙂

Gardyn

Today’s art, musical, & relationship spark all rolled into one:

Artist: Pogo

May 8, 2010: “Comprising my mother’s voice and the sounds of her garden, this video is my first Pogo mix of the real world. I hope I’ve done my mother justice in capturing her passion. Enjoy!” (YouTube)

 

 

how to make good dirt

I live in an apartment.  Don’t have much space.  Was concerned about the lack of recycling where I live.

Since January of this year, I have composted on my balcony.  It’s not only possible, but surprisingly pretty easy if you ask me.

My compost bin does not get stinky.  I don’t really see any scary bugs.

The compost is ready when it looks like regular potting soil or “good dirt.”

Costs are minimal or totally free depending on where you get your supplies (think of family, friends, yard sales, and thrift stores).

You can choose to go the worm route or not; in my case, no worms.

The resulting compost will add to the health of your existing plants and give you peace of mind for being “green” in actual practice.

If you don’t have any plants, that’s cool.  You can give your compost away.  There are plenty of folks (really!) out there happy to receive a gift of compost. 🙂

 

So what’s involved?

You’ll need a sturdy bin (usually in the five gallon size or larger), something to turn/mix the compost material (e.g., gardening gloves, a big spoon or decent-sized shovel, or a stick/metal pole/tongs), and some starter dirt to mix in with the scraps.

 

Here’s a how-to tutorial I found on YouTube:

 

This next YouTube video points out the 1 part green to 2 parts brown ratio:

 

The buckets highlighted in the two videos above aren’t really stylish in my opinion, so if you’re like me and you want something cute or at least matching your decor, check out different options online or in your local hardware and gardening stores.  I happened to find my bucket at a nearby Salvation Army store.  I think it might have been a clothes hamper at some point, but I converted it into a composting bin.  There’s a hole in the lid to allow for air circulation.  I cover the lid hole with a little yellow plant pot to avoid insects or rodents getting into it.  My bin produces good dirt every two or three months depending on how much stuff I put in it.

 

Examples of stuff you can compost:

Fruit and vegetable scraps (e.g., banana or orange peels, apple cores, potato peels, lettuce remains, tops of tomatoes, etc.)

Used tea bags and coffee grounds or filters

Old rice and bread

Egg shells

Dead leaves or fresh trimmings from houseplants

Scraps of paper/newspaper and cardboard (cut ’em up or shred them for faster decomposition)

 

Types of stuff to avoid putting in your compost bin:

Prepared foods, especially greasy items

Certain milk products

Fish and meats

Waste products

Chemicals

 

More examples of what should and should not go into a bin can be found at http://webecoist.com/2009/02/18/how-to-compost-in-an-apartment-or-urban-living-space/ .

 

If you need more information, simply do a Google search using keywords like “container gardening,” “balcony composting,” “apartment compost bin,” and “urban composting.”

 

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