Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
For those of you that are Carrara Crazies, brace yourselves.
Today's find is something else! A Cinderella Table made of a single block of Carrara Marble. Designed by Jeroen Verhoeven for the Dutch design house Demakersvan, the stunning piece of "design art" was purchased by Brad Pitt in 2008 and another is allegedly for sale with Sotheby's right now. The table is one of a set of six.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The first thing to do is pick the perfect location. The best location is somewhere that is convenient, not in full sun, and well drained.
To me a convenient location is at the top of the list. Walking half a mile to throw a hand full of carrot peels in the compost will ultimately lead to me throwing those peels in the trash. The compost heap also needs to be near a water source to give the compost a drink every now and again.
If your location is near a tree it may be necessary to put a solid base at the bottom of the compost pile so that roots can't work their way into the treasure chest.
The site also needs to be well drained so that no water is left hanging around.
Once you have the primo spot picked out it is time to start your pile. When adding waste to the compost it is important to layer. The first layer should be approx 6-8" of brown organic waste (see Monday's post for a definition of brown and green waste). Next a layer of green organic waste and a cup of 13-13-13 or 10-10-10 fertilizer(available at your local garden center). The fertilizer adds the necessary nitrogen to help break down the organic wastes. Finally cover with a layer of garden soil.
Before a new layer is added to the pile turn the existing layers with a pitch fork or a shovel.
The compost should stay moist but not saturated, to keep the microorganisms happy.
Once the compost at the bottom looks like potting soil it is ready to be worked into the garden! Good compost is gold! It turns a clay or sandy soil into a perfect growing media and reduces wasted space in our landfills. For more questions on composting send me a message on Twitter or contact your local extension agent(as a taxpayer you pay for them and are an amazing resource- so use them).
Freshly turned compost ready for another layer! I'm such a proud parent.
Have an interesting bin to share with us? Let's hear 'em!
Monday, July 26, 2010
According to the EPA, each year Americans throw away approximately 65 tons of kitchen and yard waste. We could drastically reduce, if not eliminate these waste simply by composting. Not only is composting environmentally conscious but it is also a great fertilizer and soil conditioner for your garden.When it comes to composting utilitarianism takes over in me. It doesn’t need to be pretty it just needs to work. However I realize this is not always pleasing to most people. From designer compost pails to camouflage compost bins composting can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like.
This compost pail from Sur la table holds 1 gallon of waste and even features a charcoal filter to reduce odors.
Composting is very simple you just have to know what you are doing. For organic waste to break down it is important to have a good mix of high carbon waste and high nitrogen waste. High carbon waste is usually referred to as brown waste, examples would be leaves, shredded paper, or straw. Examples of high carbon waste are kitchen scraps and animal manures. Nitrogen can also be supplemented by adding a high nitrogen fertilizer. You should have a 30:1 carbon to nitrogen ratio. This allows for optimum microbial growth and prevents any odor. A healthy compost pile should never have any foul odors. If you have foul odors it is usually a sign of anaerobic decomposition and the pile needs more carbon waste to promote oxygen flow.
Here is a helpful list of things that can be composted:
Coffee Grounds and Filters
Fruits and Vegetables
Hay and Straw
Shredded Copy Paper (One of my favorites)
Shredded Newspaper (Not the glossy stuff)
Don’t compost these guys:
Charcoal Ashes (They may contain harmful chemicals)
Fats and Meats (These attract varmints)
Pet Waste (Can give you the clap, ok well maybe not the clap but they can carry parasites and diseases)
Plants that may be diseased
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