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I am wishing I had plans to be dancing ’round a bonfire on a hillside somewhere this evening.  The following is a wonderful article from The Wild Hunt :

http://wildhunt.org/blog/2010/04/a-merry-beltane-2.html

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http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/info:doi/10.1289/ehp.0901582

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We are a dog-loving household and are out and about with our dogs often so poo bags are definitely a must.  We found these dispensers made of recycled plastic and biodegradable bags (they’re compostable, too!) and wanted to share!

http://www.earthdoggy.com/hb-waste-bag-dispenser.html

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What is compost & recycling procrastination?  Well, it’s what I call it when you’re rushing around chasing kids, doing laundry and trying to prepare a meal (all at once, of course) and you recognize items that could go into your compost or recycle bin but you just don’t feel like running outside 20 times a day or just plain can’t, so you tell yourself you’ll do it next time and these valuable compostables and recyclables end up in your trash.

Things like coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels and eggshells are some examples of things you might toss into the trash on a daily basis.  I have found that if I have a single container (a plastic tupperware container, a glass bowl, etc) on the counter and toss things into it all day long to be taken out to the compost bin at the end of the day, I am much more likely to do it.  It also makes you feel good as the day progresses and you see your container filling up!  Well, either that or it will gross you out.   In that case, put a lid on it.  🙂

Started out with a few shavings of lettuce and carrot...

Later added coffee grounds and chopped banana peel. It adds up!

The same principle works for recycling.  I am not one of those lucky folks who has built-in recycling bins in their kitchen that slide out of the wall or counter, so I have a small plastic bin in my kitchen for recyclables and as the day progresses, things get tossed in there constantly.  I am much more likely to get others in the house to toss items into the readily-accessible bin than asking them each and every time they have something recyclable, to run outside and place it in the appropriate bin.  Good night, the way kids leave doors open every critter in the house would be running the neighborhood if I asked them to do that!

The same thing can be done in the bathroom.  Ever notice empty shampoo and conditioner bottles, contact lens cleaner bottles, hairspray bottles and those little plastic packages your contact lenses come in piling up in the trash in the corner of your bathroom?  Put a recycling bin of some sort in the bathroom, too.  You’d be surprised how much gets tossed into the trash from bathrooms simply because someone doesn’t feel like taking that walk to the outside recycling bins.

Make it a teaching point.  Show your family members how much collects in the bins after just one day.  Tell them how much composting enriches the soil and helps the things in your garden grow and how much they are helping the environment by not throwing these things into the trash where they accumulate in landfills.   You’ll feel good, they’ll feel good, the earth will be a better place.  Yay you!  🙂

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Well it’s taken me long enough to get this far on the garden (I’ve been talking about it for what, weeks now?), but during the last week a lot has been accomplished back there.  We managed to get all the weeds out of the bed and our compost as well as some organic soil that I’d purchased mixed in with our soil.  Living in Florida, we pretty much have sand so we need to enrich the soil as much as we can.   I think we’re going to need to get a few more cans (we have been using a plastic garbage can for our compost) since the original garden area has expanded from what we started with last year.

Compost

Mixing compost, added garden soil and existing garden soil

Existing soil, added soil and compost after mixing

New to composting?  Here are some basics on what to include and not to include in your compost bin, from an article on ninemsn.com:

What to put in a compost bin

  • Fruit and vegetable peelings and leaves
  • tea leaves/ tea bags and coffee grounds
  • fallen leaves
  • grass clippings
  • soft prunings
  • weeds (use only young weeds; those with seed, or about to set seed, are better disposed of in the garbage bin)
  • cow and horse manures
  • ash (from open fireplaces)
  • vacuum cleaner contents (synthetic carpet will not break down)


What not to put in a compost bin
It is important that the heap is not treated simply as a dump.

  • Meat, fish, chicken, dairy products & cooking oils – these may attract vermin such as mice and other pests.
  • Non-living things such as plastics, bottle tops, food wrappers, metals etc
  • Diseased plants
  • Fruit fly infested fruit

Pet droppings: these may contain diseases that can affect humans and other pets. Although these can be treated with the Pet Poo Converter to make them safe for use in compost.

Here is the article in its entirety:

http://ourhouse.ninemsn.com.au/ourhouse/factsheets/db/tips/02/210.asp

Another great source for information on composting is howtocompost.org.

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Came across this neat article on recycling (or “upcycling”) those plastic Easter eggs!

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/upcycle-plastic-easter-eggs.html

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