Thursday, May 7, 2015
Absolutely EVERYTHING you wanted to know about composting, especially for limited space! I’ve been an organic gardening and a composter for decades and this book still had so much to offer. Author Rebecca Louie uses a whimsical, sometimes rollicking style of writing to give the most thorough guide to all types of composting that I have ever seen. Her playful guide includes details about both passive and active composting; everything from small containers to the tried and true 3-bin method. Best of all every section contains a troubleshooting section so the composter can figure out what needs fixing or what went wrong with their compost. She covers worms, literally! The book includes a wonderfully detailed guide to vermiculture including how to build and maintain your worm bins, of course the care and feeding, and even warnings on how to keep your worms happily contained so they don’t go astray! Compost City even discusses in depth bokashi composting which makes it possible to compost the things they always tell you not to compost like greasy foods, meats, fats, and other undesirable elements. A marvelous side product of bokashi gives you an incredible drain cleaner too. Ever wondered what to do with pet waste? The author has a section on that too. Many gardeners may have stacks of Rodale Press gardening books on their shelf; I know I do. But kudos to Roost Books for believing in this project and publishing a book that details just about every possible procedure and question you might have about all kinds of composting. The last portion of the book even gives tips on activism and starting your own composting venture at your local community, school, church, or vacant lot. The book is full of case studies of successful projects from all over and useful knowledge from experienced composters. For anyone who gardens on a small or large scale this book is a must have. It answers questions many gardeners won’t even have thought of yet! It doesn’t matter if you are growing food for the community or your family, or even if your garden is nothing but potted plants on a balcony or patio, this book has methods you can use to live more sustainably. Stop throwing food scraps in the trash and learn how to turn them into rich black gold to make even the tiniest garden a better place! Watch for this coming up from Roost Books on May 19, 2015 at your favorite booksellers!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Interesting short award-winning film on our food. Appalling visuals of our incredible waste of food going into landfills. http://tucson.com/entertainment/movies/award-winning-food-systems-documentary-premiers-on-tucson-com/article_1c1da1eb-4ac8-5efb-95c8-b804001ea798.html
Monday, January 27, 2014
Take a look at this article on Greg Johnson's effort to distill a massive report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) into 19 illustrated haiku. Says it all! http://daily.sightline.org/2013/12/16/the-entire-ipcc-report-in-19-illustrated-haiku/
Sunday, December 15, 2013
So read the ingredients on the cosmetics and health products you buy. If it uses plastic beads, don't buy it. There are plenty of alternatives out there as companies such as Burt's Bees, Tom's, St. Ives, Weleda and others well know and use. Support the companies who are doing the responsible thing! http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/us/scientists-turn-their-gaze-toward-tiny-threats-to-great-lakes.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131215
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Please read this New York Times article on the risk of extinction of Monarch butterflies, bees and other insects. This should serve as the canary in the coal mine and an awakening for all of us. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/sunday-review/the-year-the-monarch-didnt-appear.html?smid=pl-share
Monday, April 8, 2013
After years of controversy, the towers of Asarco will be demolished this weekend. Much earlier in this blog I had posted about the Asarco controversy. This isn't really the end. Although the towers re coming down, no one seems to quite know what to do about prime real estate that is saturated with heavy metals and is unarguably an integral part of the history of El Paso and the University of Texas at El Paso.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Is today a good day to die? Upon the passing of Fanny the Wonder Dog 1999-2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
In honor of my friend Liz who wants to know more about xeriscaping and native plants, I thought I would share the glory of my front yard after the most welcome rain shower this afternoon. Who says the desert is all cactusy? Here are rain sages, salvia, agistache, desert marigold and red yucca just to show the colors of the Chihuahua Desert.
Friday, May 4, 2012
TEDxUofL 2012 Justin Mog -- Sustainability is fun AND easy! This TED talk was great promoting sustainability in an urban area where I lived for a number of years. Yea, Old Louisville and University of Louisville for promoting light living on the planet. We should ALL be hanging our clothes to dry, walking/biking, composting and reusing and conserving our precious water!