Archive for April, 2012

Shake & Fold

Shake & Fold

| April 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

Several years ago I tried reducing my family’s paper towel usage by switching to cloth towels.  At first I switched 100%. I just stopped buying paper towels and used the cloth towels instead. My family moaned and groaned. In addition to their moaning and groaning, there were a few occasions where a paper towel was […]

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Bokashi: Burying the Scraps

Bokashi: Burying the Scraps

| April 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

My first bucket of household scraps have fermented for two weeks and is now ready for planting. I didn’t want to take a picture of my trash, but I had to document the process, so here’s a picture of 4-week-old trash. It took two weeks to gather the scraps and then they sat for two […]

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Soil Preparations

Soil Preparations

| April 19, 2012 | 4 Comments

While I’m waiting for my bokashi to complete its fermenting cycle and the weather to warm up enough so I can plant items in my containers, I’ve been spending time reading and learning about how to organically improve the quality of my soil (forgive the long sentence). My “From Scratch” personality has a hard time […]

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Bokashi Side Effects

Bokashi Side Effects

| April 12, 2012 | 5 Comments

It’s been a little over a week since I started fermenting my household food scraps using the bokashi method. Aside from being amazed that my kitchen scraps don’t stink, there are a few other things I’ve noticed. We take the trash out less often. There were so many times we emptied a half-full kitchen container […]

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Container Gardening Update

Container Gardening Update

| April 11, 2012 | 4 Comments

In the Northeast we have to wait until after the last frost before we can plant most vegetables. This works out just fine. I was a little concerned that I was starting my vegetable garden too late, but it seems that I’m right on time. When I went to the local agricultural supply store to […]

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Smell My Trash

Smell My Trash

| April 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you come to my house, I’ll ask you to smell my trash. No, I’m not being rude, it’s just because I’m excited. My bokashi bin is cooking, providing tea and smelling great! There’s no better way to share the wonders of bokashi than to ask folks to smell your week old trash and for […]

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Let’s Talk about Bokashi Again

Let’s Talk about Bokashi Again

| April 6, 2012 | 2 Comments

I have the feeling there will be several posts about bokashi (or as my chiro calls it, Kabootie). I received my bokashi mix two days ago and began my trash fermenting process. When I knew I was going to embark on the bokashi road, I started freezing my food scraps waiting for the mix to […]

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Making Progress with My Containers

Making Progress with My Containers

| April 5, 2012 | 4 Comments

Ok, so I made my first self-watering container, right? Well, its there sitting on the deck with nothing in it. I’m stuck on the dirt! Before I talk about my dirt dilemma, here are a few shots of my handiwork. Here’s the inside: For the cover, I intend to attach a mesh screen to keep […]

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Gardening, Composting, Bokashi Oh My!

Gardening, Composting, Bokashi Oh My!

| April 3, 2012 | 2 Comments

Since I’ve opened the door to gardening, my head is swimming! For a while I had a hard time putting the horse before the cart. Here’s My Dilemma My natural personality is to go superlative. If I’m going to garden, I want to grow my veggies from seeds and plant them in organic, nutrient-rich soil. […]

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