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Compost Troubles, I Think

HELP HELP HELP!!!

A few days ago I decided to turn the compost pile.  It is moving along very nicely considering it is winter.  I saw some of my beloved worms and some great soil at the bottom of the pile.  I also saw 2 mice that had made their home in my soon-to-be black gold.  I jumped as I do every time I see a mouse, envisioning them scurrying  up my leg.  I was disgusted, thinking of those gross rodents living in my pristine pile.

What to do:

1) Nothing, they don’t hurt a thing.

2) Get the out of the compost.

My questions about them being there:

1) Will they eat my worms?

2) Is their urine/feces harming my pile/worms?

I think I will find a way to get them OUT of my pile.  But before I do that, I really want to hear from you about what you think I should do and what kind of  damage they might cause.

Thank You

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Great Insight…check it out

Since my last pity party about how I hate everything winter, I decided to read a book.  I figured if I couldn’t DO anything, I could at least educate myself more while I wait for warm weather.

So, I went to the library and picked up a book .  Now,  I have never been a “reader”.  I just couldn’t seem to get through a book, until this one.  So for me, finishing this book meant more than just what I got from it.  It was quite an accomplishment for me, plus I liked the book.  I tend to be drawn more to the tried and true stories than the instruction manuals.  Don’t get me wrong, I use them too, but I really think that knowing this story had been lived made me want to turn the page.  The book…

Farewell, My Subaru

best described as “One man tries to kick oil, live locally and keep his goats out of the rose bushes” Check this one out if you haven’t already.

A couple of months ago I watched a movie that I can honestly say changed the way I thought about my food.  I realized that I didn’t know half as much as I thought about my food (call me naive).  I grew up raising my own pork, chickens and beef and so did everyone around me.  I was under the impression that most animals were raised the way that we raised ours.  When you came to my neighborhood/town/county/state you saw and still see acres of farm land with cattle roaming on plenty of space, eating grass.  To me, that is how we did it.  WRONG.  That apparently, is not the way things are done for your local “grocery store USA”.  The movie…

Food, Inc.

best described as “You’ll never look at dinner the same way” This is a MUST see

If you have any thoughts on these feel free to let me know.  Also, I am looking for cook books that focus on ingredients in the garden.  If anyone knows of any, I would love to hear about it.

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Strawberry Freezer Jam

I am thinking that I want to try Srtawberry Freezer Jam this year.  Does anyone have a great recipe???  I would love to try it out. 

Please and Thank You

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Help Please

I am working on a project at the moment that I need your help with.  I just need a yes, no, or possibly.  You can add your comments if you like, but is not required.

Thanks, Dawn

If there were a sustainable living supply store near you, would you be interested in shopping there?

YES                                         POSSIBLY                                           NO

A store like this would carry items such as…

composting/recycling containers, gardening supplies/seeds, preserving supplies (dehydrating & canning), planters, recycled products, organic body products, soy and beeswax candles, reusable products, etc.Thank you so much for you replies, I truly appreciate it.

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Question

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I am once again coming at you with one of my questions.  Brace yourself!!!  I know that some of you that keep up with me are involved with certain areas of government.  Whether that is just being involved or are in the middle of it, you know more than I do.  So…

How do we work our way to becomeing a plastic bagless community, state,  and country? 

It has been done, and I am sure that we can do it too.  So, if you know anything about how things like this get passed or just the first steps, please let me know.  Thanks and Happy May Day

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Q and A

tt0126230My neighbor Kendra had some great questions that I thought I would attempt to answer.  I am choosing to answer them in a post because I thought that they might be able to help others as well. 

Where to get manure to blend in with the garden

I frequently see manure being advertised on Craigs List.  Typically it is free, sometimes they will offer to deliver for a small fee.  I would recommend looking for “aged” manure.  Don’t worry if it is mixed with shavings and straw, the more the merrier, it is all great for the garden.  Regular or fresh manure is “hot”  and could burn your plants. 

Kendra had concerns with having time to start and maintain a vegetable garden

I would suggest starting small.  Even a patio garden is better than no garden.  If you don’t have time to prepare a garden maybe you could start this year with pots.  I have a garden and I have mescalin mix in pots on the patio just for fun.  Just make sure that they have enough space to grow properly.  You wont be able to feed the family for the year, but trust me it’s enough to give you the bug to really want that garden for next year.

What do I have the worms for

I have worms in the worm bin for easy composting.  Call me lazy, but it is pretty nice to open the garage door and the worm bin is right there.  I have worms in the compost pile too.  They were thrown out there when my worm bin failed last year.  This is working out nicely because it is moving the pile along even faster than without them.  So to answer the short version answer would be for quicker composting .

Thanks for the question, it makes me feel like someone is reading.  LOL!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!

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Serious Question

free_2794718I have been doing a lot of thinking about sustainable/green/eco-friendly/etc. jobs.  While there are many businesses that are going greener (Great Job), I am speaking of green being the focus.

So, my question to you and I really do want as many opinions as possible.  Where in your community is there a need for something in this area? Is there something you have been looking for and cant seem to find or are you tired of having to order your sustainable supplies?  I don’t know?  But, I honestly want to hear all of your input.  Thanks everyone, cant wait to see what we come up with!!!

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