Compost Conundrum

Tonight I am starting my 3rd attempt at composting. My first was pure trial and error with little knowledge of composting, just a simple knowledge of what to put in and what not to put in. I read up on the subject here and there while the pile sat stagnant; this was trashed after being deemed a failure.

My second try was done in a milk crate, with a piece of cardboard on the bottom, and a slab of glass on the top to prevent it getting soaked from rain. This batch was tossed as well after drying out to a crisp and not having enough ingredients to add.

Now that brings us back to tonight. This time I put a couple-inch thick layer of brown down (old moist leaves from last year’s raking), an inch of green (fruit and vegetable matter that I chopped, thinking this might help it break down faster), and sprinkled the remainder of a bag of potting soil on the top. I then cut a trash bag to open it up and use as a cover, then weighed it down with rocks.

We’ll see how this trial goes, but I’m feeling much better about it compared to the last ones. If any fellow composters have any tips or tricks to share that would be awesome!!! For right now I am keeping it cheap… As in no start up cost, I’m simply using resources I already have available.

Picture: 🙂 romaine lettuce may grow pretty funky when only picking a leaf or two at a time

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What’s your Southern Comfort?

No, not the alcohol… It’s the title of my favorite summer playlist. When it comes to summer, I’m a sucker for country songs about hot, sweaty nights, trucks, beer (even though I don’t partake), bodies of water, friends, fire, you name it! I’m kinda over the older songs like ‘She thinks my tractor’s sexy’, not that it’s a bad song but I’m trying to keep it more up to date. If any friends out there can make suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. So here it is…

Southern Comfort:
1. Beachin’ – Jake Owen
2. All Summer Long – Kid Rock
3. River Bank – Brad Paisley
4. Barefoot Bluejean Night – Jake Owen
5. Radio – Darius Rucker
6. Toes – Zac Brown Band
7. She’s a Hottie – Toby Keith
8. Mud on the Tires – Brad Paisley
9. 5-1-5-0 – Dierks Bentley
10. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
11. 1994 – Jason Aldean

Also, over the weekend my boyfriend and I went camping over night to explore Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH. Unfortunately it was only one night instead of two; not bring an air mattress was a huge mistake. We did take a couple hour hike down One Mile and Bear Brook Trails; Mocha (our puppy) was in absolute heaven. The one huge disappointment for me was that the little beach in the pet friendly camping area said no pets allowed! Hrmph!!!

I had fun though, and now I have made a new personal goal to go exploring as many state parks as I can- and to make it realistic I am not setting a time limit, but would like to get out more often. It’s so hard to find places that are pet friendly though.

Private Moon

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” (Norman Vincent Peale or Les Brown??)

Leonid Tishkov has his own personal moon. He travels the world taking pictures of his moon in various places and settings. I believe that his work is supposed to tell a visual story or poem, of a man who fell in love with the moon “and stayed with her forever”. I love his creative process and his means of telling a story. How romanticized are some of his photos?

The Seed Fairy

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~H. Fred Dale

Sustainability is something that I have recently become interested in. So what is it? In a nutshell, we depend directly on the earth to live so Sustainability is learning how to live harmoniously with Mother Nature. We need to evolve into a symbiotic relationship with the earth instead of a parasitic one.

In my beginning effort to reduce my footprint and save some dough $, I have attempted to plant lettuce, peppers, and tomatoes in my backyard. I love the idea of hanging plants upside down to grow. Eventually when my thumb gets greener, I would love to make over the yard into a Hanging Garden ( of Babylon 🙂 ).

If anyone has tips or tricks they would like to share, I’m all ears £)

Have you heard of the Lilypad?

How cool does this look? The basic concept is that this Lilypad is a floating city that produces it’s own energy and processes CO2. To learn more about this visit http://inhabitat.com/lilypad-floating-cities-in-the-age-of-global-warming/ . They also have other really unique ideas.

After global warming raises the level of the oceans and we have massive loss of land, where do we go? I think it would be really neat to live on one of these, anyone else feel the same? I just wish there wasn’t going to be a need for them in the future.

Portsmouth Dog Park

I live along the New England Seacoast, in a town that is not exactly the most residentially friendly of places; they are more concerned about making money and are becoming more commercially driven every year.

However, we do have some gems that are just a short drive away. City of Portsmouth Dog Park located on Junkins Ave is one of them. It features two fenced areas, one for big dogs, one for smaller poochies. There is a hydrant that is set up for people to fill up water bowls, and there is even a turtle kiddie pool to use during those hot & humid summer days.

A shaded picnic table is available for our two legged patrons, with a bulletin board with magazines like Bark. There is a kid’s playground and tennis courts adjacent. Two portapottys (hmm, is that how you spell it?) are also provided…thank goodness because I plan on spending hours hanging out here during the summer.

Well, enough about my glowing review of this park ( it’s the only fenced in one I have found so far) and enjoy a picture of Mocha leaping out of his hidey hole 🙂