My husband’s hobby is composting. Mine is trying to find different ways to reuse. It is so much fun, it should be illegal.
My neighbor reused her shutters to make a raised bed. The woman’s a genius.
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My husband looked over at me the other day and said, “Two years ago if you’d told me I’d be washing trash, I would have called you crazy.”
Ah, but look at the crazies now.
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We branched out from composting food scraps and organic matter. We started adding paper to the compost about a year ago. My hubby thought if we shredded the heck out of it, it might compost faster. He was right!
Cross-cut shredded paper, almost pulp.
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I’m not one to pay $3 for a cup of coffee, and I know it’s not a “local” coffee shop,
but I have to give it to Starbucks when it comes to making an effort.
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In my cookbooks, I use a three star system.
1= I won’t bother making it again.
2= It was all right. Might make again.
3= equivalent to a 5 star. Delicious and will have again.
But who says I have to use stickers?
Tonight– March 31st is Earth hour. Will you participate?
My husband goes by the book. Literally. He has about 10 different gardening books he sifts through before he does anything. My philosophy is, “Well, my mom does this every year and it works for her.” Or my newest version:
Me: “Well, Ed did it and it worked.”
My husband: “Who’s Ed?”
Me: “You know, from The Garden at 8505.”
My husband: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Me: “From the blog. You know Ed, the gardener whose wife wrote the post about the no-poo.”
My husband: “No-poo?”
Me: “She wrote a post about using no shampoo. You know, the one who pruned his pear trees with his son. I showed you last week.”
My husband: “Oh yeah. The guy in the hat.”
I unplugged for a full week. No phone, no internet, no email. And it was….nice. So very nice. No one even noticed—except for Michelle, who thought I might be in the hospital. (Thanks Michelle!)
When things get too hectic, only one thing brings me relief. Nature. It helps us reconnect to priorities and life and pull back into perspective what’s most important.
Last year in Norfolk, my all-time favorite thing to do in the city was to use our annual pass at the Botanical Gardens. We visited as often as we could, and it was as close as I have even gotten to walking through peace. Wanted to share a little piece of peace with you…
Frustrated at constantly having to buy peat pots which cause the darn plants to go root bound, I ended up peeling off the entire thing to keep the roots intact. The pots ended up in the compost. What a waste. Now I find out peat isn’t sustainable? Time for a new plan…
The peat pots last gardening season.
Guess what my man brought me home as he waltzed in the door from work? Even better than flowers! ha!